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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Furious George! The Badass Baboons of SANDS OF THE KALAHARI and SHAKMA

Baboons are terrifying. They’re loud and aggressive. They have razor-­sharp sabers for teeth. They have piercing, human-­like eyes. And they have really scary hineys. These alarming attributes make the species particularly good monsters — even if the movies they star in aren’t always a barrel full of monkeys. Cy Endfield’s 1965 thriller SANDS OF THE […]

Films Real Life Scares 

The Shocking True Crime Case That Derailed FRIGHT NIGHT 3!

Tom Holland’s 1985 vampire flick FRIGHT NIGHT is a bonafide horror classic. Almost every genre fan remembers that poster or VHS box art from childhood. They’ve most certainly quoted the film’s many memorable catch phrases or worn a T-shirt that read “You’re so cool, Brewster!” Or “Welcome to FRIGHT NIGHT… for real.” And while it […]


Showing Our #RESPECT To Peter Vincent, the Great Vampire Killer

Sometimes, there are characters in genre pictures that are so darned righteous, you can’t stop thinking about them or their amazing feats long after the movie is over. This column is dedicated to those cinematic bad-asses that keep us coming back for more. And who better to celebrate this week than Peter Vincent as portrayed […]


Welcome To FRIGHT NIGHT… The Double Feature… For Real!

To me, the key to a truly great “remake” of a pre-existing horror film is simple. Would the new update make a good double feature with the original movie? When it comes to programming a double bill, the goal is to find two movies with a similar theme that would complement each other. And there’s […]