Saturday Double Feature: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) and…

Okay, let’s start with a quick recap of the “rules”, shall we? The basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.

Yeah, it’s been sort of an unexpectedly busy week here at la casa de moose, especially the past couple of days, thus the dearth of posts and the relative lateness of this one (though it is still Saturday, – well, here at least – so…). Anyway, one of the things that I did manage to squeeze in was a double feature viewing of both Rise of  and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. So it ain’t been all bad by any stretch.

Okay, so as always, here’s the trailer for the new movie this week:

Of course, it would be easiest to simply pair this one with one of the original Apes movies, but I decided to go in a decidedly different direction with this week’s double feature. What can I say? It’s just the kind of mood I’m in.

Instead, I thought maybe I would go with a different movie that featured the phrase “Planet of the…”. And I figured it would be even better if it featured, as the original Planet of the Apes does, astronauts journeying to that “planet”. The one that immediately came to mind was Mario Bava‘s Planet of the Vampires, but then I ran across this little jewel and decided to feature it instead. So here you go. From 1968 (yep, the same year as the original POTA), it’s Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women. (unfortunately, I couldn’t find a real trailer, but here is a series of clips to give you a taste, and the entire thing is very easy to find on YouTube):

By the way, it’s not indicated in the clip, and onscreen he’s credited as Derek Thomas, but this film was actually directed by Peter Bogdanovich in between making Targets and The Last Picture Show. Yeah, really!

So what do you think? What would you choose for a double feature with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes? Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with ideas of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.

Until next time, Happy Viewing!

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