Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970 USA)

tumblr_nz8ttify5j1sradg3o1_1280What is it about American astronauts? No sooner do they lock into some time warp than they crash their spaceship! NASA seems to have perfected time travel, but even a bumpy landing seems beyond them. Controversy has always centred around the film’s ending more than any other feature of it. Those who criticize it miss the point – this was intended to be the last apes film. Why? Because it was felt that another movie set in a post-apocalyptic Ape-ruled world would just be ”flogging a dead horse.” One of the greatest features of these films, started by the Statue of Liberty sequence in the original, was that they all contained ”shocker” endings, designed to send a shiver down the spine of the audience.  And this one doesn’t disappoint. [Read more…]

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Planet Of The Apes (1968 USA)

apes(Today is the first anniversary of this blog, btw) Moving on…Planet Of The Apes is such an icon of the late 1960s. This is why 21st century remakes of it do not work. Youngsters today think its just a science fiction story, but this is actually a barometer of what was going on in those days of a rapidly changing society. “Don’t trust anyone over 30” and  “Beards? I don’t go in for fads,” type of cutesy-pie dialogue dates it wonderfully. The satire here does go overboard at times, but everyone seems to really mean what they are saying. Man.

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The Valley Of Gwangi (1969 US)

PDVD_088While the build-up is rather tedious in some ways, the film’s second half – with its non-stop action and enjoyable stop-motion effects by the old master Ray Harryhausen – is rather entertaining. Looking at The Valley Of Gwangi from a modern viewpoint one could easily find unintended hilarity in its primitive visual trickery. [Read more…]

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