Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
October 18, 2022 5:59 AM - Subscribe

The sole survivor of an interplanetary rescue mission (James Franciscus) searches for the only survivor of the previous expedition (Charlton Heston). He discovers a planet ruled by apes and an underground city run by telepathic humans.

Also starring Kim Hunter, Roddy McDowall, Maurice Evans, Linda Harrison, Paul Richards, Victor Buono, James Gregory.

Directed by Ted Post. Screenplay by Paul Dehn.

37% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently available in the US for digital rental on multiple outlets. JustWatch listing.
posted by DirtyOldTown (5 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Today, I'm going to post the rest of the Planet of the Apes movies.

I'm a big fan, but this one is pretty bad.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:00 AM on October 18, 2022 [4 favorites]

Such a weird movie and blowing up the world in Episode 2 was not really a great move for a franchise.
posted by octothorpe at 8:39 AM on October 18, 2022 [1 favorite]

Aw, I liked this one when I was a kid! A colony of creepy underground bomb-worshipping mutants? What's not to like? And that ending voiceover! "... a green and insignificant planet is now dead." The only way they could have improved on it was to add Charleton Heston's echoing voice screaming "You blew it even more up! Double damn you! Double damn you all to even more hell!"
posted by phooky at 9:33 AM on October 18, 2022 [8 favorites]

When I was young, I watched a lot of movies on TV, and sometimes they all kind of got mixed up in my head. For years, I remembered the mutants from Beneath the Planet of the Apes singing the Campbell's Soup song during their worship (Mm-mm-good, mm-mm-good), as if the original meaning had been lost through the centuries. Later I found out that scene was from the decidedly not-post-apocalyptic movie Simon.
posted by jabah at 4:15 PM on October 18, 2022 [4 favorites]

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