As part of a marketing stunt for the newly-released movie “Kong: Skull Island,” people can now find the fictional land on Google Maps.
The island located in the South Pacific, but it’s impossible to come across randomly. People have to search “skull island” for it to appear.
The location, labelled as an archaeological site, has more 200 photos and nearly 8,000 reviews.
One review from “Amos Vivancos Leon” — whose previous reviews were all in the Vancouver, Canada area — gave the island one star and said: “With the excitement, Kong killed a few of our group, but he also protected the rest of us from the monsters under one condition, that we leave a young female behind with him. Some people had an issue with that and stayed behind to rescue her. I on the other hand took the earliest plane out of there. I have kids at home, I hope you understand. It was traumatising and I feel for the people left behind. Good luck.”
Another one-star review complained of a lost child at the end of the trip: “Update: been 2 months. Resort staff still hasn’t responded to our inquiries about our missing child. Guess we will chalk it up as a “lost baggage” kind of thing.”
Higher rated reviews also made a joke out of the location: “Lovely holiday. Would have been 5 stars had the helicopter tour gone smoother. Wife swallowed whole by an oversized ape; wouldn’t have been a problem but she had the passports. Would go again.”
But some users decided to take advantage of the Google search result to complain about the stunt and the movie.
One user, Johnny Greenman, took the opportunity to review the film: “Kong looks like he grew another 200 feet. Bad story line and as always the crazy dumb arse general (Samuel Jackson) wants to go retrieve a soldier even though they know its a suicide mission. Very predictable story line. Thank god I only paid matinee price.”
Another user, Shapla Choudhury, used the space to voice her frustration about the stunt: “Google Maps corporate group, I do not want to receive advertising in my email about mass market films in the guise of map information. Google maps is a useful resource and I am happy to serve as a local guide, but please stop the ads. Thanks.”
This isn’t the first promotional stunt launched as part of the movie’s release. In early March giant footprints of Kong appeared on a Los Angeles beach.
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