Ape Week Ends: Disney’s Planet of the Apes (202?)

It all began with the Pierre Boulle’s 1963 French novel La Planète des singes being acquired by Arthur P. Jacobs, a press agent turned film producer, for his APJAC Productions. Upon the success of his film adaptation of the novel as 1968’s Planet of the Apes, a quick succession of four sequels followed the original… Continue reading Ape Week Ends: Disney’s Planet of the Apes (202?)

Ape Week: Saru no Gundan (1974): Japan’s “Planet of the Apes”

There’s nothing in the unhinged plotting of the POTA rip offs reviewed during Ape Week that compares to the 16mm-shot, LSD-induced insanity of this 1974 Japanese TV series, Saru no Gundan (Army of the Apes), produced as result of the massive success of the Apes franchise in the Lands of the Rising Sun. And if… Continue reading Ape Week: Saru no Gundan (1974): Japan’s “Planet of the Apes”

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

Ape Week: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974) and Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

Toho Studios had Godzilla. 20th Century Fox Studios had Pierre Boulle’s apes. And the American studio was kicking the Big Green One’s ass in the Pacific Rim box office. So what does Toho Studios do? They created their own race of sentient humanoid-ape aliens to introduce into the series. Toho Studios celebrated the Great Green… Continue reading Ape Week: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974) and Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

Ape Week: Sex on Planet Ape: The Lost Erotic Ape Movies (1979 — 2002)

And you thought you’d seen it all with Empire of the Apes (2013) and Revolt of the Empire of the Apes (2017)? Well, break out the K-Y and the Trojans as we spin through a rip in the space-time continuum to a planet—lost somewhere beyond the planet Porno—where we meet the evil apes Dr. Anus… Continue reading Ape Week: Sex on Planet Ape: The Lost Erotic Ape Movies (1979 — 2002)

2019: After the Fall of New York: A Second Look

Dude, sometimes those stars align. The conjunction of B&S Movies' recent “Star Wars Week," our current "Ape Week," and our upcoming “Shark Week” colliding with the calendar fade in this year of our Lord of 2019 leaves this writer with a morbid disappointment: the Italian-predicted post-apocalypse never happened. (Yes. Mr. Michael Sopkiw. This is your… Continue reading 2019: After the Fall of New York: A Second Look