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Revenge from Planet Ape

In the mid-70s, some sly film distributors decided to turn Amando de Ossorio's Tombs of the Blind Dead, a Spanish horror film, into something tangentially related to the popular Planet of the Apes franchise in order to turn a quick buck. The only problem: there are no apes in the movie. Easy fix: a new intro tacked on to the film turned the undead Knights Templar from the original version into time-traveling undead apes. [more inside]
posted by doctornecessiter on Jul 10, 2014 - 18 comments

The Decade Between Rise and Dawn

Three short films depict the spread of simian flu during the decade between Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes: Spread Of The Simian Flu: Quarantine (Year 1) [6m25s], Struggling To Survive: All Fall Down (Year 5) [5m10s], Story Of The Gun: The Gun (Year 10) [13m40s]. [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Jul 2, 2014 - 20 comments

Hands up and touch the sky

Starships were meant to fly.
posted by Sokka shot first on Oct 27, 2013 - 61 comments

My God, it's full of squares.

Minimalist Lego reconstructions of classic moments from sci-fi cinema.
posted by gauche on Jun 25, 2012 - 27 comments

Beneath the Planet of the Twains

Two months ago, writer/humorist/TV personality/podcast judge/deranged millionaire John Hodgman was inspired to commission a work of art from the internet. On January 20th, 2012 Hodgman's impossible dream became reality: Presenting Dana Gould as Doctor Zaius as Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain.
posted by Strange Interlude on Feb 10, 2012 - 26 comments

"I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free: On Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes And The Help"

"You know something very bizarre is going on in Hollywood when the movie Rise of Planet of the Apes tells more about the black experience in America than The Help." Max Gordon reflects on the truths that Hollywood can't talk about openly, and the dangers involved in sugarcoating the past.
posted by invitapriore on Sep 12, 2011 - 158 comments

Oh My God! I Was Wrong! It was Serling All Along!

In 1963, French novelist (and former secret agent!) Pierre Boulle, released a smashing new Sci-Fi novel called La planète des singes (Monkey Planet in the UK). Like his previous 1952 bestseller, Le Pont de la rivière Kwaï (Bridge Over the River Kwai), the book was adapted into a classic film - and eventually a franchise of some note. Interested in how Boulle's sociopolitical satire became one of the iconic films of our time? You can read some of the backstory about Serling's involvement with the project, then have a look at the various drafts themselves and final shooting script. [Previously].
posted by Dr. Zira on Aug 5, 2011 - 12 comments

This happened.

Paul Williams in His "Planet of the Apes" Costume on "The Tonight Show" — 1973
posted by incomple on Aug 2, 2011 - 29 comments

O my God! I was wrong! It was earth, all along!

Marvel Comics' Planet of the Apes magazine (1974-1977) , now forgotten by all but a few comics readers and genre film buffs, was canceled abruptly, leaving in mid-stream a story intended to go on for years. Now writer Doug Moench has allowed the original manuscripts of his unused scripts to be published for the first time, providing (some) closure to longtime readers and a fascinating look at how comics scripting happened way back when. [more inside]
posted by kittens for breakfast on Jul 11, 2010 - 8 comments

Cover Art From International Editions Of "Planet Of the Apes" Comics.

Get your hands off me, you damn, dirty macaco!
posted by grumblebee on Jun 15, 2010 - 6 comments

Wait a tick. Basil, if I travel back to 1969 and I was frozen in 1967, presumably, I could go back and visit my frozen self. But, if I'm still frozen in 1967, how cou ... oh, no, I've gone cross-eyed.

M. Joseph Young does rather interesting, detailed temporal analyses of the different timelines created by the Terminator films, the Back To The Future trilogy, Millennium, those Trek films that dealt with time travel, 12 Monkeys, Flight Of The Navigator, Army of Darkness, Lost In Space, Peggy Sue Got Married, the Bill & Ted movies, Frequency, Planet of the Apes, Kate and Leopold, Somewhere In Time, The Time Machine, Minority Report, Happy Accidents, The Final Countdown, Donnie Darko, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Deja Vu. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jul 30, 2009 - 56 comments

I love you to the max

New video for "Punks in the Beerlight" from the Silver Jews, directed by Todd Lincoln. Loaded with apey goodness.
posted by slogger on Feb 9, 2006 - 19 comments

It's a madhouse!

It's not too early to think about Hallowe'en. This year, why not go as Dr. Zira?
posted by plinth on Sep 20, 2003 - 5 comments

Marketing the KKK?

Marketing the KKK? Is Tim Burton a racist or has his directing skills gotten so bad that movie critics are having to repent for previous words of kindness?
posted by kant breathe on Sep 6, 2001 - 24 comments

Daema kicks some serious ape butt

Daema kicks some serious ape butt The sequels to Pierre Boulle's original Planet of the Apes novel are, apparently, leaving something to be desired. Lets invent some and raise the tone, shall we? Planet of the Jeeps: An astronaut lands on a planet and gets rammed in his Nissan Micra at an intersection by a Simian driving a Sport Utility Vehicle. Director Tim Burton gets slated by the critics - "Good Science Fiction should show us things we've never seen before".
posted by RichLyon on Aug 26, 2001 - 19 comments

"Project Echoes Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island" the headline goes. Looks more to me like it echoes "Planet of the Apes." Nice idea, but can we get a different design, please?
posted by Bixby23 on Jul 18, 2001 - 10 comments

Who needs a Planet of the Apes remake, when you can just head to Bengal and see it live for yourself.
posted by PWA_BadBoy on Jun 18, 2001 - 1 comment

It's raining cats and dogs

It's raining cats and dogs this summer! GEEZ! Pearl Harbor, Shrek, and The Mummy Returns are already in the theaters. This weekend we get Swordfish, Evolution, and even Atlantis: The Lost Empire in limited release. What's next? Oh nuthin. Just stuff Angelina Jolie's been kicking around, Eddie Murphy's little pet project, something Jay & Silent Bob tossed off in the shower, Stephen Spielberg's thoughtful adult film coupled with his token bloodfest for the kiddies... Final Fantasy, Planet of the Apes, Kiss of the Dragon, a painfully predictable looking sequel to American Pie, a predictable but funny-lookin' sequel to Rush Hour, and a predictable sequel to Scary Movie, and the ever present SO MUCH MORE! I skipped half the movies coming out but those are the highlights. Is this gonna be the best summer blockbuster festival ever thrust upon the world's populous, or are we true fans of cinema about to once again take it up the ass? Whatcha think?
posted by ZachsMind on Jun 6, 2001 - 102 comments

Not to be outdone by the digital scavenger hunt tie-in for the film A.I., the producers of the upcoming Planet of the Apes remake take their scavenger hunt (back) to the real world -- with a modern twist.
posted by jjg on May 29, 2001 - 0 comments

Tim Burton to remake Planet of the Apes. How bizarre and cool.
posted by veruca on Mar 23, 2000 - 0 comments

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