Battle for the Planet of the Apes

SUB-GENRES: Thriller / Drama DIRECTED BY: J. Lee Thompson WRITTEN BY: John William Corrington & Joyce Hooper Corrington (screenplay); Paul Dehn (story); Based on a novel by Pierre Boulle RELEASE: 1973 PEW PEW: This one does a pretty damn fine job of balancing action, drama, and suspense. It’s a ways away from perfect, but the…

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

SUB-GENRES: Thriller / Drama DIRECTED BY: J. Lee Thompson WRITTEN BY: Paul Dehn (screenplay); Based on a novel by Pierre Boulle RELEASE: 1972 PEW PEW: This film combines the action of the first two films, and a weakened form of the suspense of the third, with the drama that generally populates the entire original series….

Escape from the Planet of the Apes

SUB-GENRES: Thriller / Drama DIRECTED BY: Don Taylor WRITTEN BY: Paul Dehn (screenplay); Based on a novel by Pierre Boulle RELEASE: 1971 PEW PEW: This film makes use of suspense instead of action. CAT FOOD: The Planet of the Apes film series frequently dips its pen into the ink of social commentary and liberally applies…

Beneath the Planet of the Apes

SUB-GENRES: Thriller / Drama DIRECTED BY: Ted Post WRITTEN BY: Paul Dehn (screenplay); Paul Dehn & Mort Abrahams (story); Based on a novel by Pierre Boulle RELEASE: 1970 PEW PEW: There is significantly less action in this film, when compared to the first, or the style of action just doesn’t translate as well in this…