Ok, now let’s move on to the other end of this trope—the actual arrival of the monster / animal / creature.
The above, obviously, is from the original King Kong in 1933, back when Hollywood made movies with original storylines. This is the scene where the Ann Darrow character (played by, and nearly always referred to as, Fay Wray) is being sacrificed to Kong.
It illustrates a handful of themes that will keep coming back in the next few images. First of all, there is the ambiguity of getting devoured = getting ravished. (I’ve never really understood why Kong needed these little human dumplings…he ought to be eating gigantic Jurassic bananas or something.)
Second of all, there’s the undercurrent of all metaphors that we put on animals. With King Kong (and generally with the great apes) there is an implied racial metaphor, but it isn’t clear-cut. As many folks have pointed out, Kong might evoke white fears of blackness, but Kong is essentially the hero of the movie. All these metaphors blur into the general notion of “bestial” sexuality, which has nothing much to do with actual beasts having sex.
Finally, from David Rosen:
The Hays Office censored what it considered the objectionable scenes in KING KONG, which included one sequence on the island where Kong gently tears Ann’s clothes off, strokes her with his finger, and then sniffs it.