During the test, Denham explains why he now does the filming behind the camera after an unfortunate filming trip to Africa.
Denham: I'd have got a swell picture of a charging rhino but the cameraman got scared. The darned fool, I was right there with a rifle. Seems he didn't trust me to get the rhino before it got him. I haven't fooled with cameramen since, I do it myself.
To set the scene, Denham describes the island's mysterious presence and asks Ann to react to it.
Denham: Now Ann, in this one, you're looking down. When I start to crank, you look up slowly. You're quite calm. You don't expect to see a thing. Then you just follow my directions. All right? Camera.
Denham starts cranking.
Denham: Look up slowly, Ann. That's it. You don't see anything. Now look higher. Still higher. Now you see it. You're amazed. You can't believe it. Your eyes open wider. It's horrible, Ann, but you can't look away. There's no chance for you, Ann. No escape. You're helpless, Ann, helpless. There's just one chance, if you can scream. But your throat's paralyzed. Try to scream, Ann. Try. Perhaps if you didn't see it, you could scream. Throw your arms across your eyes and scream Ann, scream for your life!!
Ann lets loose a blood-curdling, ear-piercing shrieking scream into the wind. Jack ominously comments on the ship's impending, mysterious voyage.
Driscoll: What's he think she's really gonna see?
They reach the vicinity of the uncharted, fog-enshrouded island after making their way through the unmapped territory in the high seas. Ann wonders how they will know if it's the right one. Denham says the island will have a formation . . .
Denham: A mountain that looks like a skull - a forbidding landmark for a place.
A lookout reports breakers ahead. Anchor is dropped in a cove.
Driscoll (grimly): That's not breakers. It's drums!
They hear the muffled sound of drums and chanting in the distance. When the fog clears during daybreak, Skull Mountain and the wall come clearly into view exactly as described . . .
Denham: Just like on my funny little map.
Taking a small party of about a dozen ashore, along with ammunition, guns, bombs, and Denham's camera, they approach the native village. The first thing they notice is the imposing wall. In the captain's words, the stone wall is . . .
Captain: Colossal! It might almost be Egyptian.
The village seems deserted, but then, they hear the drums again and see a strange, tribal ceremony in progress, with natives chanting "Kong, Kong." In the direction of the wall, the heathen natives are costumed as gorilla-apes while circling a naked, nubile young girl garlanded with marital regalia (flowers, shells, and feathers) and crouched on the altar.
She is a human tribal offering to a behemoth killer gorilla, the bride of Kong, draped by white-costumed attendants. Behind them up stone stairs are grotesquely-painted witch doctors and the tribal chief. Louder and louder they chant: "Kong, Kong." While the crew hides behind a large native hut, Denham exclaims upon first seeing the sight . . .
Denham: Holy Mackerel. What a show!
He sets up his movie camera out in the open to film the spectacular ceremony, in which the natives both respect and fear their god. But the tribal chief notices them and quickly and angrily halts the festive ceremony. Denham's crew moves into the open as a show of force.
The fierce, dark-skinned native chief, with his restless retinue of witch doctors, approach the intruders. The ship's captain, who knows the native language, explains that they have come in peace, but the tribal chief motions them to leave immediately.
One of the witch doctors cries that the ceremony is spoiled because the white men have witnessed it, and demands their destruction. Denham steadies his men with their rifles ready to shoot. Then, the chief sees and points out the blonde-haired Ann, the "golden woman," who holds onto Driscoll for security. Obviously, he has never seen a white woman before and is intrigued and struck by her beauty. Under his breath, Denham comments . . .
Denham: Yeah, blondes are scarce around here.