MandaSaurus wrote:I wouldn't credit this old flick with THAT much. The original King Kong would've gotten made whether this thing existed or not...
No, it very well may not have.
You need to always keep in mind that every event in history is the result of a series of events leading up to it, many often coincidental or the result of pure chance. In the case of Kong, the character was ultimately inspired by a dream Merian C. Cooper had had. Would Cooper have even had such a dream in a world without Ghost of Slumber Mountain
being made? And even if he did, there's no reason to assume a film anything like our King Kong
would've been made as a result, because the history of dinosaurs and giant monsters in film will have been irrevocably altered.
MandaSaurus wrote:If this film hadn't come along, another one would've, and Willis O'Brien would have got his start on that one...
No, no, you misunderstand: it NEEDED to be this film.
1925's The Lost World
was only made when it was and how it was because the previous attempt at a movie adaptation had just gone belly up and the man who ultimately produced the film only decided to buy the rights after seeing The Ghost of Slumber Mountain
, having concluded that Willis O'Brien's skills and techniques would be perfect to bring the dinosaurs to life. Without that exact sequence, either the film isn't adapted at all or someone else picks up the rights, leading to the original plan: bringing the dinosaurs to life with costumed lizards.
Might O'Brien have made another film instead eventually? Sure. Would it have led to him being discovered and the sequence of events that led to the creation of Kong and all the rest? Probably not, no.
Our timeline was never inevitable, it's just the one we happen to live in.