50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

From cosmic head trips to adventures in galaxies far, far away

46. 'Beneath the Planet of the Apes' (1970)

The craziest installment of the Apes series starts out as an almost point-for-point remake of the 1968 original. Astronauts fly through a time-warp, and land on a future-Earth ruled by talking simians, where one of the men (James Franciscus) gets captured. But once the hero escapes, the plot takes a dramatic turn, leading to a New York City subway tunnel where the first movie's protagonist (Charlton Heston) has been imprisoned by a mutant cult of telepathic humans who worship an atomic bomb. Made during the first year of the Seventies, Beneath sets the tone for the decade's sci-fi to come by taking a story audiences already knew and somehow making it even darker and stranger. NM

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