Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

Written by Potential Kermode on February 14, 2017

James Franciscus versus the mutant lunatics!

A great, dark sequel to the original classic that goes beyond the downbeat ending of the original and gives us an even more depressing one! No mean feat considering how bleak the ending to the first movie was.

I love this movie. The legendary James Franciscus (The Valley Of Gwangi) is astronaut Brent - sent to find the missing Taylor. He finds him, of course, deep beneath the ruins of a post apocalyptic city - imprisoned by psychotic mutants with the power of telepathy.

Meanwhile, those pesky apes are marching on the city to find out just what the hell is going on and what all the kerfuffle is about regarding reports of crucified apes and bleeding statues.

This all leads to a shocking climax you wont forget in a long time.

It's all rather disturbing and that is precisely why it succeeds.