Humans are closely related to apes, and it’s no surprise that Hollywood creates movies starring them. There are famous friendly monkeys in movies like King Louie in The jungle Book (1967), Cheeta in Tarzan the Ape Man (1932), Clyde in In all directions but in bulk (1978), and Rafiki in The Lion King (1994), among others. Not all monkeys are friendly, at least on the big screen. Some of them star in horror movies where they cause death and destruction. These killer monkeys include the enormous Kong in King Kong (1933) and the dominant Caesar in the The Ascension of the Planet of the Apes (2011), among others.
What makes these horror films effective is the way the filmmakers play with the possibility that apes are as advanced and intelligent as human beings. Such films are more than primate sensibility, but an effort to educate the public on how to not only respect but protect these mammals and other creatures, for that matter. Fear makes a horror movie appealing, and those involving monkeys and monster apes are always a hit because they seem close to home – primates being cousins to humans and the like.
8/8 Planet of the Apes (2001)
Planet of the Apes is the remake of the 1968 classic, and it’s had a great comeback. It follows an astronaut (Mark Wahlberg) who crash-lands on a planet inhabited by primates and his subsequent revolt against its rulers. As with the original film, it was praised for its prosthetic makeup techniques, and although it did not receive rave reviews, it was a commercial success. Acclaimed critic Roger Ebert said it was “superb” and praised the twist’s ending. Rotten Tomatoes said it best that “this Planet of the Apes remake may not compare to the original in some critics’ minds, but the striking visuals and B-movie charms may win you over.”
7/8 Monkey Shine (1988)
The monkey shinesThe trailer’s famous poem is accompanied by a creepy cymbal-banging monkey sitting in a wheelchair. The wheelchair is about a paralyzed athlete (Jason Beghe), assisted by a service monkey named Ella. Everything changed when the primate received an injection of experimental serum. This cult classic is hailed as one of director George Romero’s “most complex and challenging creations” and hailed for being “an extremely thoughtful and provocative film; it’s also a damn good horror movie. Empire said that with this film, Romero “built a reputation restoration film of authentic emotion and character”. It’s a must-watch for horror movie fans, and the trailer’s poem alone is enticing.
6/8 Kong: Skull Island (2017)
The monster movie Kong: Skull Island was a big hit, literally and figuratively, and it’s one of John C. Reilly’s best films. It grossed $500 million worldwide, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a reboot of the old one King Kong films and follows a team that travels to an island to meet the gigantic ape. It was praised for its visual effects, earning a 2018 Oscar nomination. Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune praised its screenplay and “dazzling effects”, making it a “good film”. Uproxx’s Mike Ryan said it was “fun” to watch, while The Hollywood Reporter praised director Jordan Vogt-Roberts for making sure “to take care of business where it counts.” really, that is to say in the invention and excitement of the monster scenes”. ”
5/8 King Kong (2005)
King Kongthe second remake of the 1933 film, was made on a budget of $250.4 million, making it one of the most expensive films of all time. It was worth it because, in addition to being a commercial success, it won the 2006 Oscars for its sound editing, visual effects and sound mixing. Reviews are equally generous, with Ebert saying it was one of the best films of 2005 for its “visual beauty and startling emotional impact”. Peter Bradshaw’s The Guardian gave it five stars, saying it was “a madness of grandeur with real grandeur” and topped director Peter Jackson’s work with The the Lord of the Rings.
4/8 Planet of the Apes (1968)
A team of astronauts has crash-landed on a planet where intelligent apes thrive as the dominant species. This started the sci-fi movie Planet of the Apes, based on the novel by Pierre Boulle, which still stands after 50 years. Now a classic, this film spawned a media franchise as successful as it was. The film was praised for its groundbreaking prosthetic makeup techniques and the “superb acting” of the cast, led by Charlton Heston. What else can be said now that it is among the best films on the market, hence its inclusion in the United States National Film Registry for its “cultural, historical, or aesthetic” significance.
3/8 Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
After the 2001 remake, Planet of the Apes made its presence felt once again with the successful reboot starring James Franco, who genetically altered an ape named Caesar (Andy Serkis). The Ascension of the Planet of the Apes helped introduce the franchise to a younger audience, and it was not in vain. Ebert praised Serkis for his “wonderfully executed character”, while Joe Neumaier of the New York Daily News said it was “the best popcorn movie of the summer”. The Village Voice enjoyed The Ascension of the Planet of the Apes‘ “absorbing and propelling style” when effectively presenting Caesar’s rise to power. The deductible had indeed been on the rise since then.
2/8 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
Serkis reprized his role as Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which now follows the events of a pandemic that has struck primates and humans at war. This film performed better than its predecessor, earn $708.8 million, making it one of the best-selling films of 2014. As with other films in the franchise, it received rave reviews, with one reviewer saying it was “better than expected” and another proclaiming it as “a great science fiction film”. movie, period. The Telegraph’s Tim Robey had kind words when he said the film never allowed “extraordinary special effects to surpass emotion and intelligence”. This reboot is indeed a winner.
1/8 War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
As the name suggests, War for the Planet of the Apes recounts the large-scale war between humans and primates, led by Caesar (Serkis). This sequel to the 2014 film was also critically acclaimed and a commercial success. It was praised for the cast performance, direction by Matt Reeves, musical score, visual effects, plot, and cinematography. IGN’s Scott Collura said it was “a great closing act to this rebooted trilogy” and “a stunning win”. Rolling Stone, meanwhile, praised Serkis for “a career-best performance.” The Rotten Tomatoes review said it best: the movie was “breathtaking” and “powerful.”