Ape Week: Eva, the Savage Venus (1968): Italy’s “Planet of the Apes”

Obviously made to rip-off Planet of the Apes, this Italian-Spanish jungle adventure film with science-fiction overtones was directed by Roberto Mauri. Widely known for his knockoffs of proven genres, you’ve seen Mauri’s work on public-domain DVD sets, such as 1962’s Slaughter of the Vampire and 1964’s Curse of the Blood Ghouls (Hammer horrors), 1964’s Three […]

Ape Week: O Trapalhao no Planalto dos Macacos (1976): The Brazilian “Planet of the Apes”

O Trapalhao no Planalto dos Macacos translates to A Tramp on the Plateau of the Apes and is part of a 1970’s series of Brazilian comedy films where The Tramps found their way to all sorts of situations and eventually other movies, such as The Wizard of Oz and Star Wars. The Tramps are Didi, Dede, Mussum and […]

Ape Week: Planet of the Apes (2001)

Mark Rosenthal and Lawrence Konner (The Legend of Billie Jean, Superman IV: A Quest for Peace, Sometimes They Come Back, The Beverly Hillbillies and more) worked with The Polar Express and Cast Away writer William Broyles Jr. After decades of trying to reboot the franchise, Tim Burton was able to get this script to the screen, even if nearly nobody […]