Sci Fi Movie Podcast Planet of the Apes


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Hosted by Remi Lavictoire, Jonathan Colbon and Ian Fults

Podcast length: 59:02

Sci-Fi Movie Podcast - Planet of the Apes This time on The Sci-Fi Movie Podcast, we’re digging deeper into “Planet of the Apes” the Sci-Fi classic from 1968, directed by Franklin J. Schaffner.

The Positive
Going back to watch the original ‘Apes’ was a treat! This is a quintessential Sci-Fi Classic that we consider required viewing for any Sci-Fi Fan.  The key here is a strong story line about humanity and how we treat each others and members of other species.  Ian calls this one ‘Theologically Diverse’ in the story telling, and it really helps us to, as we like to say, hold up the mirror of society so we can look back and learn about ourselves.  Planet of the Apes still has one of the best movie endings ever done  ‘Apes’ will be great food for discussion between Science and Religion.  We leave the ultimate conclusions up to you.

See no evil?

See No Evil


The Negative
Both Ian and Jonathan thought the makeup effects didn’t hold up over time, and Jonathan thought the prosthetics tended to dampen the ability of the characters to fully express character and emotion.  Rem disagreed, and thought they still looked good, but was critical of some of the music and sound editing, especially that weird maniacal laughter from Charlton Heston.   Jonathan found it odd that our hero was actually smoking a cigar on a spaceship.  But really, we’re mostly nitpicking.

The Verdict
“Planet of the Apes” is absolutely necessary viewing for any Sci-Fi Fan.  You can skip the other ‘Apes’ movies and jump straight to “Rise of the Planet of the Apes“.  We even created a Machete order to tell you more about what films to watch and in what order.

Oh, and don’t smoke…it’s bad for you.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner

Writers: Michael Wilson & Rod Serling


Charlton Heston – George Taylor

Roddy McDowall – Cornelius

Kim Hunter – Zira

Maurice Evens – Dr. Zaius

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Sci Fi Movie Podcast Planet of the Apes