Written By: Ken Hulsey
Well moviephiles it's Oscar night! What does that mean here at Monster Island News? Well since "Annie Hall" beat out "Star Wars" in 1977 I haven't held the award in any form of high regard so I'm posting about a film that wasn't nominated for one, namely "Escape From The Planet Of The Apes".
I know, your confused. Why the hell would I post about a "Planet Of The Apes" movie on Oscar night? Well I think that the film really had all the qualities that The Academy generally looks for like drama, action, great acting, monkeys ... talking monkeys, a tear jerker ending and that sexy Ricardo Montalban. What's not to like?
Not buying it?
Hey just think about how hard it would be to try and act with all that John Chambers ape makeup on? Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter should have rolled out of the place with statues and expensive gift baskets ... but alas ... they didn't.
Hey I know Chambers won an Oscar for his makeup work on the original "Planet of the Apes" ... that fact isn't lost on me.
Back to the photograph at hand. The image is a promotional photo that was distributed to printed media outlets. In the case of this particular photo it a key art image of the film's poster probably intended for theater showing adverts in newspapers though magazines could have featured the image as well.
It is an 8x10 photograph on glassy stock paper and it's serial number is 22X28.
Overall this is one the prize images in my collection because it features Cornelius (McDowall), Zira (Hunter) and that adorable little chimp Milo who has the government going bananas ... bad pun ... ape shit ... worse pun ... okay on a blood-thirsty rampage of senseless violence.
Okay the fact that I love all the "Apes" films (not the Tim Burton one ... blech) doesn't hurt.
I like that whole "blood-thirsty rampage of senseless violence" part.
Here's your history:
Escape from the Planet of the Apes, directed by Don Taylor, is a 1971 science fiction film starring Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Bradford Dillman and Ricardo Montalbán. It is the third of five films in the original Planet of the Apes series produced by Arthur P. Jacobs, the second being Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970). Its plot centers around many social issues of the day including scientific experimentation on animals, nuclear war and government intrusion. The film was well received by critics, getting the best reviews of the four Planet of the Apes sequels. It was followed by Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.
Honestly I've been covering Japanese monster and sci-fi movies for twenty years now and this is the first that I have ever heard of t...
No one has ever proven a Bigfoot exists, but that isn’t stopping one small town from proclaiming the ape-like monster its “official animal...
Legendary Pictures has begun ramping up promotion for Godzilla: King of the Monsters as Comic Con opens today in San Diego. From ComicB...