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History of THE PLANET OF THE APES Part 8: Future of the Apes

Catch up here! Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7 20th Century Fox played it smart with RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. They kept the budget low (well, lowish – the movie cost just under $100 million) and unlike the Burton remake, this one didn’t feel […]

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History of THE PLANET OF THE APES Part 7: Rebirth of the Apes

Catch up here! Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 After the less than stellar reception of Burton’s PLANET OF THE APES – which had done well at the box office but didn’t capture audiences the way 20th Century Fox had hoped – plans for a new APES franchise were […]

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History of THE PLANET OF THE APES Part 6: Remake of the Apes

Catch up here! Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 It had been 20 years since the cancellation of RETURN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES when filmmaker Adam Rifkin walked into 20th Century Fox’s offices to pitch some ideas. One of the things he brought up was an idea on how […]

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History of THE PLANET OF THE APES Part 5: End of the Apes

Catch up here! Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 Despite the violence of CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, families showed up to the theater, creating a fourth hit APES film for Fox. With the money still coming in, Fox ordered up a fifth film, and producer Arthur Jacobs got to work […]

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History of THE PLANET OF THE APES Part 4: King of the Apes

Catch up here! Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 Even though the movie ended with two beloved characters and a baby chimpanzee being brutally murdered, parents still brought their children to see ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES, so 20th Century Fox called up producer Arthur P. Jacobs and gave the go-ahead for a […]

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History of THE PLANET OF THE APES Part 3: Comedy of the Apes

Catch up here! Part 1, Part 2 With the ending of BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES, the prophecy from the first film – beware the beast man – had come to its obvious conclusion – the destruction of the planet and all things living on it. But, this being a new dawn in Hollywood, […]

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History of THE PLANET OF THE APES Part 2 – Building the Myth of the Apes

Catch up with Part 1 here PLANET OF THE APES spread across American theaters in April of 1968 and was an instant success. By the end of its theatrical run, the movie that was considered a major gamble by 20th Century Fox brought in over six times its budget. Feeling confident, Darryl Zanuck decided to […]

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History of THE PLANET OF THE APES Part 1 – Birth of the Apes!

Peter John Rule wasn’t the biggest problem for the Nazis, but he was a problem. A secret agent for the SOE, Rule was working to undermine the Reich in Indochina when he was captured by the Vichy. Rule, who was really a Frenchman named Pierre Boulle, was sentenced to a life of hard labor. For […]

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The War Is Here In Latest WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Trailer!

When I’ve had the opportunity to speak with some of the FX legends of the 80’s that I grew up admiring, eventually the discussion goes to their biggest early influence. 90 percent of the time, the original 1968 PLANET OF THE APES is cited as the defining film that turned these artists toward the path […]

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The Haunted World of Mario Bava’s PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES

From the forbidden reaches of interstellar space a distress call is answered and the would-be rescuers become the victims of an alien terror meeting death in the most horrible ways imaginable. Sound familiar? Well then, you might be a fan of director Mario Bava’s stylish, low budget, promethean nightmare, PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES. Bava, perhaps […]

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Don’t Feel Guilty About Your Movie Pleasures

One of my favorite movies is POPEYE. I don’t love it from a place of nostalgia. I don’t love it ironically. I love it because the songs by Harry Nilsson are great. I love it because Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall as Popeye and Olive Oyl, not to mention the rest of the cast. The […]

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Scary Simians! The Evolution of Apes in Horror Films

In the movie THE GIFT, Jason Bateman’s character Simon has a major fear of apes. He’s not alone. Many of us can relate. But why? Why are monkeys so freaking creepy? Is it their cunning and volatile nature? Or is it because we have an innate fear that we’re not much better than them? Whatever the reason, it’s clear we […]