Bil’s rating (out of 5): B
USA, 1970. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, APJAC Productions. Story by Paul Dehn, Mort Abrahams, Screenplay by Paul Dehn, based on characters created by Pierre Boulle. Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner. Produced by Arthur P. Jacobs. Music by Leonard Rosenman. Production Design by William J. Creber, Jack Martin Smith. Costume Design by Morton Haack. Film Editing by Marion Rothman.
Taking place right after the original’s shocking ending, this film has Charlton Heston disappear beneath a cave and another astronaut (James Franciscus) search the planet for him. What Franciscus finds on his journey is more contact with the ape people (Kim Hunter returns as the kindly doctor) and a weird underground cult of post-apocalyptic, corroding humans who worship a bomb (Victor Buono appears in a career-shaming role). Absolutely ridiculous, though some might find it fun precisely because of how cheesy it is.