Sunday, March 16, 2014

Veddette Iris Chacon.... To Hot to Handle !

Hiya Gorilla Gang !

There is nothing quite as nice as a good friend who surprises you with something super cool !
Well this time the surprise is far from cool...In fact it's incredibly hot !

My stunningly beautiful mermaid friend, Medusirena saw this photo and immediately thought of her old pal Bongo !

This incredible photo features the unbelievably sexy Latina singer, Veddette Iris Chacon !

Iris's back-up dancers  are a group of randy monkey men, all intent on carrying the Puerto Rican sexpot off as gorilla's tend to do when they find a beautiful girl within grabbing distance !
The sharp eyed readers of this humble blog will recognize the monkey masks the dancers wear as the Don Post Studios "Hollywood Gorilla ".

Watch this video and see for yourself, why these poor gorilla would risk third degree burns trying to make of with the scorching hot Iris !

And once again, a very special thanks for this incredible photo sent to me by my lovely mermaid
 friend, MeduSirena Marina !

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Coming a DVD near you !...Monster Gorilla !

Hi gorilla gang !
Once again old Bongo finds himself behind the ape ball, trying to keep up with all my ape-ly duties.
If you're wondering why I've been so negligent of my HGM duties, well I've teamed up with Nightveil Media, and Marauder productions to bring you a new classically styled monkey movie !
Working from a script by yours truly, (under my human guise of Chris Casteel ) Producer/Director
Bill Black has crafted a really fun romp mirroring all the classics of the past !
What are these classics you ask ? (go ahead, I'll wait)
Oh, glad you asked !
Well, in Monster gorilla you'll find inspirations from :
The Ape Man
White Pongo
Bride of the Monster
Bride of the gorilla,
And a slew of others that inspired elements of the film, some which are actual story elements !
 The film stars the stunningly beautiful Heather Brinkley as the hapless heroine Heather.
The  co-stars include the incomprehensibly manic Bill Fredericks as Vornoff. The talented Scott Mena, Yours truly Chris Casteel as (you guessed it ) a gorilla ! And introducing the newest member to our gorilla family,( a gorilla girl, though she plays a male gorilla) daughter, Kelley Young !
Kell is a real chimp off the old block, giving a fantastic performance.
The film will be presented in several formats: a 30 min. color version, a 30 min version in glorious Black and White , a 20 minute film festival version, and an extra special 12 minute version specially mastered to look like an authentic Castle Films version ! Plus A few surprises !
For those unfamiliar with Castle Films, before the advent of VHS as a home movie format, the only way to watch movies at home was with an 8 mm, super 8 mm, or 16 mm film projector.
The films were available from many catalogs and classic magazines at the time, including the legendary
Famous Monsters of Filmland !
Castle Films is now owned by the great Craig Scott Lamb who is also the owner of American International Pictures !

Here is the Trailer for Monster Gorilla ...Enjoy gang !!!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tarzan...The Ape...Men ?!?!?

Hiya gorilla gang.
Through our friends at Ape Suit Cinema, I now have this bit of ape-ish awesomeness to share with you !
On September 1st, 1975, Los Angeles was invaded by not one, but five cinematic  ape men, to celebrate the 100th Birthday of Tarzan's creator Edgar Rice Burroughs !

Tarzan's in the personage of: Johnny Weissmuller...James Pierce...Denny Miller...Jock Mahoney...and Larry "Buster" Crabbe were on hand to commemorate the birth of the literary father of Tarzan.

Of course you can't have all these "Lords of the Apes" around without an ape to lord enter the gorilla !

 It's not known who is in the suit, but what I can tell you is that the suit was made by the famous Western Costumes of Hollywood. This Western Costumes gorilla suit and all the others like it were used frequently in Hollywood in Low budget Jungle and adventure pictures.
The higher budget pictures would employ one of the professional gorilla men we celebrate on this humble site. The Western gorilla was sometimes used in conjunction with a pro gorilla man as an example of a fake gorilla suit, while the pro portrayed the real gorilla.
A great example of this is the 3-D classic "Gorilla at Large ".

This must have been a great time for all these jungle men, as you can't get a much more select fraternity. They all look like they're having a great time...even the gorilla is smiling !...sort of...

Friday, January 31, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

David Ayres...Mask making monkey man !

Close Encounters of the Third Kind !...Something Wicked this Way Comes !....Battlestar Galactica!
What do these all have in common ? They all feature the amazing masks and makeups of special effects makeup artist David Ayres.
David is a California native,who grew up in Arizona. With a life long fascination with movie monsters and makeup he soon found himself headed to Hollywood to pursue his dreams.
Early in his career landed at the starting point for many a young makeup man, Hollywood's famous Don Post Studios.
During his time at Don Post Studios, David worked on a few of the masks that Post is legendary for, sculpting and making molds for quality masks, and special projects. Also, helping to create the Star/Trek mask line from which came the Captain Kirk mask (The Shape) used for John Carpenter's film Halloween.
While at Post, David also befriended our last featured gorilla man, Steve Neill.
Just as Steve did, David also heard the call of the jungle and proceeded to build his gorilla alter ego, "Link ".
Link is a mischievous looking fellow, with loads of character. It was these qualities, that lead to David as "Link" to be cast in a Kool-Aid commercial shown nation wide in 1976.
Here is Link, stalking the wilds of Griffith Park in a series of photos taken by Paul Gentry.


                      Link and Davids good friend, Paul Gentry in 1976.
You can catch a glimpse of "Link" in action here

After Don Post Studios, David worked at The Burman Studios, as a sculptor and mold maker and helped to created such monstrous creations as six foot long giant ants for Empire of the Ants. And thru The Burman Studios, a closeup ET head, and also helped with the background ET masks for
Steven Spielberg's speculative science-drama Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Next, He was hired by Charles Band to create the creepy likeness mannequin masks in the cult classic Tourist Trap.

 While still in his early Twenties, David had a two page article about himself, in Starlog Magazine.
The finished version of Davids War of the Worlds Martian can be seen below.
David channels his inner, Charles Gemora !!!

 To hire David to create the beast you've always wanted, you can contact him at :

David Ayres
Makeup EFX Artist Studio
and Costumes

Tell him, Bongo sent you !

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Steve Neill...Make-Up... Models... and Monkey Man !

Hi my mad monkey minions !
This time, we look into the simian career of a special effects master Steve Neill.
Steve is one of Hollywood's most diverse talents !
Steve has a huge resume under his belt as a make-up effects artist, and creature effects artist for such
films as Star Trek VI, The Undiscovered Country..Puppet Master, Return of the Swamp Thing,Battle Beyond the Stars, and the movie Ghost Busters.
 Steve is a renaissance man of sorts, mastering the  the effects fields of Make-up, Visual Effects, practical effects, Miniatures, and a list of accomplishments, that could easily be a website unto itself.

Steve has also become one of the leading builders of radio controlled movie quality models and miniatures. He has built models, ranging from Star Trek to Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea !
His services are sought after the world over!

What about the gorilla stuff, you ask ?
OK, I'll tell ya !
Early in his make-up career, like most creature guys, Steve took an interest in gorillas. Steve built his first suit while working as a sculptor for the legendary Don Post studios, of Hollywood.
Steve, built his suit along side his friends, David Ayers, and Paul Gentry. ( More to come on David Ayers!)

Steve's first suit was excellent, but a mere foreshadowing of what was yet to come.
After Post, Steve became good friends with master make-up artist, and modern day gorilla God, Rick Baker.
Rick was instrumental in getting Steve's early career off to a phenomenal start!
His friendship with Rick was also a learning experience for Steve. Rick taught Steve a great deal in terms of techniques , and mechanics of advanced make-up and creature effects.
 Steve took the teachings of Rick to heart in regards to gorilla suit building.
Steve went on to build an amazing suit that he used professionally on many occasions. The most notable,would be the King Kong commercial for Transamerica Insurance Co.

There were two versions of the commercial, differing only in a lengthier destructive intro.
 The primary theme was Kong (Neill) climbing the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco California.
In this commercial for Transamerica Insurance, King Kong is shown on a destructive rampage through a big city. Eventually he scales the walls of a skyscraper and knocks over some potted plants on a penthouse terrace while swatting at several attacking helicopters. An indignant tenant appears and wants to know "who's gonna pay for this mess?" Slogan (supered): "Transamerica. The power of the pyramid is working for you."
Working with, and supporting Steve in his Kong outing, was his beloved, late wife Gilly.
Gilly puppeteered Kong's face, in his rampage.

Re-Christening his ape alter ego "Carlo" , Steve also got to go ape along side master gorilla men Bob Burns, and Dale Park in an episode of the TV series, Rags to Riches.
Here Steve and Bob, share a snack.
Speaking of Dale Park, I found out from Steve, that He made the face of Dales Suit ! The face came from the same molds as Steve's first suit he built.
Bob and Steve have been friends for many years, and have worked together on many projects.
When Steve created the Mac Tonight character for McDonald's, (man in the moon playing piano)Steve, Bob, and Gilly puppeteered the face for Mac.
 Mac was played by renowned creature actor. Doug Jones. (Abe Sapien from Hell Boy, and The Silver Surfer from the Fantastic Four)
Steve has a daily vlog on YouTube, called Steve Neill's Garage.( SNG )
It's a fascinating look at Steve's fantastic world!

Check out Steves creations, you'll be glad you did !...Oh, and look out for Rosie the Wonder Dog !

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Merry Christmas from...The Monster Gorilla !

We at Hollywood Gorilla Men , and the cast of the soon to be released homage to classic gorilla films, Monster Gorilla want to wish all our readers a very Happy Holiday Season !

Here the beautiful star of Monster Gorilla, Heather Brinkley, tells the old beastie himself what she wants for Christmas !