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RKO Pictures (formerly RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.) Monster
The Elasmosaurus in King Kong (1933)
Alternate Names Cave Serpent,
Giant Cave Snake
Species Elasmosaurus
Enemies King Kong
Portrayed Stop-motion
First Appearance Latest Appearance
King Kong (1933) King Kong (1933)

Elasmosaurus[1][2] is an extinct genus of plesiosaur. An Elasmosaurus appears in the 1933 film, King Kong.


Elasmosaurus is a plesiosaur with a long neck. The depiction of Elasmosaurus in King Kong resembles the 'head on the wrong end'[3] version of the creature, a depiction that was later proven to be inaccurate.


King Kong (1933)

When King Kong brought Ann Darrow to his mountain lair, he was suddenly attacked by the cave serpent. Kong set Ann down and struggled with the serpent. The creature wrapped its long body around Kong's neck and attempted to strangle him. Kong pulled the serpent off with all his might and slammed it onto the rocky surface of the cave, snapping its spine and killing it.


Main article: Elasmosaurus/Gallery.



This is a list of references for Elasmosaurus. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Shay, Don. (January 1982) Willis O'Brien - Creating the Impossible. Cinefex, 7, p. 30
  2. Morton, Ray. (2005) King Kong: The History of a Movie Icon from Fay Wray to Peter Jackson, p. 66
  3. "Head on the Wrong End"

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Key Mace

8 months ago
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Calling this an elasmosaurus just feels so wrong, but if that's the official name, I'll deal with it.