Join us this week as we revisit and remember the original Planet of the Apes franchise, the first five classic sci-fi films. Planet of the Apes (1968), Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) and Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973). Relive the the gripping stories, the incredible make-up and the memorable lines such as “Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!” It’s all here along with a healthy dose of love for Roddy McDowall (Cornelius and Caesar).
“Beware the beast Man, for he is the Devil’s pawn. Alone among God’s primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother’s land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him; drive him back into his jungle lair, for he is the harbinger of death.” – Cornelius
Thomas Mariani returns once again to join Doc Rotten to celebrate classic monster movies from the past. To examine the Planet of the Apes films, The Black Saint (Santo Ellin Jr.) from HorrorNews.Net steps in to round out the panel of horror and sci-fans examining the original 5 films about George Taylor, Zira, Cornelius, Dr. Zaius and the lovely Nova.
The original Planet of the Apes (1968) represents a remarkable achievement in sci-fi films with its incredible make-up for the apes that populate the desolate future of mankind. Shocking for its time, the film is now a classic with its scenes, characters and lines at the top of the minds of audiences and fans world wide. Before Star Wars and perhaps even more than Star Trek, Planet of the Apes sparks a marketing a machine of sequels and merchandise that would delight kids and adults of the early Seventies. Roddy McDowall is the star of four of the five films and the TV series from 1974 where he would play three distinctly separate simian characters. From Planet of the Apes to Battle for the Planet of the Apes, the original franchise is a must-see collection of films. In preparation for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), Doc, Thomas and The Black Saint revisit the films and their impact and influence on the Monster Movie Podcast.
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