Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998)

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This two hour special, celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Planet of the Apes by AMC, shows the complete history of the franchise from the original book by Pierre Boulle through the development, selling and production processes.

Featuring Roddy McDowall and Charlton Heston this look back is a fantastic documentary.

This film can be purchased separately or as part of the DVD collection below (It is not available on the blu-ray collection).

IMDB Score 7.5/10
Amazon Score 4.7/5


Planet of the Apes Series (1968)



The original Apes movies…

  • 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)
  • Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

.. are, and I’ll use the word again, a classic.

Three astronauts crash land on a planet where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species and primitive mute humans are used as draft animals and for experimentation.

Taylor (Charlton Heston) is captured and, in a famous line, says, “Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape,” shocking the apes to find a human that had the power of speech.

Taylor is taken for experimentation and befriends a pair of ape scientists, Cornelius and Zira (Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter).

Planet of the Apes is the first of five movies all exploring humanity and evolution and has a great ending.

IMDB Score: 8.0/10
Amazon Score: 4.5/5


Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

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Widely known as the worst film by the worst director of all time, Plan 9 from Outer Space is a cult classic.

Plan 9 is the resurrection of the dead.  A husband and wife were raised and, could they be… vampires?  Bela Lugosi and Vampira play the newly risen dead.

Now what this has to do with the alien’s mission to prevent us from developing a super bomb, I have no idea.

You can see why this movie was lampooned by Rifftrax.

IMDB Score 4.0/10
Amazon Score 3.9/5


The Philadelphia Experiment II (1993)

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This is the sequel to a 1984 movie, The Philadelphia Project.

In this incarnation, they are trying to transport a stealth fighter.  Meanwhile, the Nazis are experimenting as well.  This time the fighter is transported to Nazi Germany allowing them to win the war.  Because of his previous trip through time, David Herdeg remembers his past despite being in a Nazi controlled US in 1993.

Can Herdeg go back in time and stop the Nazis from using the stealth and nuclear technology?

This movie is OK, not great.  The original movie was better.

IMDB Score 4.5/10
Amazon Score 3.4/5


The Philadelphia Experiment (2012)

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This is a remake of a 1984 film from the perspective of the current-day (2012) cloaking experiment.  Interestingly, both star Michael Paré.

In an experiment, scientist Dr. Richard Falkner makes a car disappear, on purpose, then it disappears on its own.  Then a world war II destroyer, the USS Eldridge, appears on an airport runway, then is dropped on a skyscraper in Chicago.  This is the same ship that was a part of a cloaking experiment in 1943.  On the ship, there is only one survivor, Lt. Bill Gardner.

Administrator Kathryn Moore wants to make the problem go away and hires Hagan (Paré) to clean up the loose ends… including Gardner.

This made-for-TV movie isn’t as bad as the ratings make out.

IMDB Score 4.0/10
Amazon Score 3.3/5


The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)

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In 1943, scientists experiment with a device that will make a destroyer escort radar invisible. It makes the ship disappear all right, it makes it vanish completely and two of the sailors aboard get dropped into the year 1984, more than 40 years into the future.

Coincidentally, in 1984 a similar experiment, this time a missile shield, is attempted with a small town which is sucked into a time vortex connecting the two experiments. It is up to David Herdeg, one of the sailors, and Allison Hayes (from 1984) to shut down the experiment and heal the rift in time.

I really liked this film. The sequel was just OK and the 2012 remake is OK, not great.

IMDB Score: 6.1/10
Amazon Score: 4.2/5


The Phantom Planet (1961)

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It’s the distant future (1980) and a space patrol rocket is sucked into a crash landing on an asteroid the size of a planet.  The asteroid appears then disappears on radar.  Astronaut Chapman is pulled off of the Mars project to check out the disappearance and is pulled down to the asteroid as well.

On the asteroid, Chapman is greeted by several tiny men, only to be shrunk himself!  When his ship is sent away, how will Chapman escape?

Here’s another film that has been colorized for no real good reason.

IMDB Score 3.2/10
Amazon Score 3.1/5



Phantom from Space (1953)

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A UFO is tracked to Santa Monica but disappears.  Radio interference in the area brings the FCC to the area.  A man in a strange suit, and with no head, attacks two men.

The hunt is on for the man and the radio interference.

I can’t say I understand why they went to the trouble to colorize this movie, it’s not that great.

IMDB Score 4.0/10
Amazon Score 3.3/5


The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues (1955)

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When a fisherman washes ashore with strange burns, Ted Baxter/Dr. Stephens, an oceanographer, is interested, so is William S. Grant, Special Investigator for the DOD.

Meanwhile, Professor King is conducting secret research.  Does The Phantom have anything to do with this research?  Is the radioactive spot on the ocean floor man-made?

I can see why this was so popular at the drive-ins.  It’s actually a pretty good movie.

IMDB Score 3.3/10
Amazon Score 2.5/5


The Phantom Creeps (1939)

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Bela Lugosi stars as Dr. Alex Zorka in this serial from the 30s.  Zorka is a mad scientist who has numerous inventions that the government wants:  Suspended animation, a robot and invisibility all powered by a meteorite fragment of his own discovery.  Unfortunately certain nefarious characters wants his inventions as well.

Pursued by Captain West of Army Intelligence, Zarka tries to make good his escape.  Invisible, Dr. Zorka is The Phantom.

This is just a so-so serial with a disappointing ending.

IMDB Score 4.5/10
Amazon Score 3.6/5