The success of the rebooted Planet of the Apes series is proof that there’s still an audience for simian sci-fi, and the long-running series has always had the market cornered in apocalyptic cinema. Charlton Heston cursing humanity at the end of the 1968 original is fondly remembered, but how much do we remember of the lesser-known instalments of the original series? Each of the first five POTA films satirises humanity while exposing the weaknesses that lead to our fall from grace – critiques which in these times we’d do well to remember. Let’s take a look back at some of the lessons in the apocalypse which these films have taught us.
For the full run down of the series, head over to Little White Lies.