Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Super 8 Apes



 I was really happy to run into this Planet of the Apes Super 8 short recently, I have a small but growing collection of these titles but Apes is a biggie for me.

Super 8 films will always remind me of my local library and birthday parties, I always perked up when you saw a projector at your friend's house.

The store had more than one but cash is limited, so I chose Beneath because it gave me nightmares as a kid!



I hope to track down the rest soon, maybe even some of them fancy color ones. A boy can dream!

3 comments:

Seventiesfan said...

I don't blame you for having nightmares because of Beneath the Planet of the Apes. I saw it on TV last week, with the zombie people, the atomic bomb, and that spooky voice-over at the end when Charlton set off the bomb.

Hauntedheadful said...

I can remember a time when super 8 film had a counter of it's own in K-Mart.Apparently it was a big deal in the 70's.Since my aunt had a projector, I badgered my parents into buying me Destroy All Monsters and we would borrow the projecter and trundle it outside and project it on the fence, all for a glorious 8 minutes of entertainment.we eventually got some cartoons,like bugs bunny and woody woodpecker to flesh out the evening,and it became a cool summertime tradition.

Donald Benson said...

More of geezer -- Collected silent 8mm films starting as a kid in the late 60s (I was sure Super 8 was just a passing fad). In my day Ken Films were distinguished by hilariously awful box art, well beneath the one you show here.

Before Ken there was AAP, which syndicated old Looney Tunes and Popeyes for TV (boomer kids would recognize their lower-case "aap" logo tacked onto each toon). AAP put out B&W Looney Tunes and the occasional live-action short before Ken appeared to get the franchise. Their boxes were slicker, but sometimes suggested they never saw the film inside (several Kens had this same weird issue).

The biggest brand was Castle Films, mostly but not entirely Universal titles. Monsters, Abbott and Costello, and Woody Woodpecker dominated; they also carried random newsreel and documentary stuff plus such oddities as Ub Iwerks cartoons and a few Paramount highlights (from the backlog Universal owned). In our family the favorite was "The Great Chase", which was distilled from W.C. Fields's "The Bank Dick".

Disney had a smaller but classy array of cartoons and excerpts from features, most available in both color and B&W. Nifty thing about the Disney animated reels is that they usually didn't have -- or need -- any kid of subtitles.

Columbia's line was eccentric, but you could get Harryhausen's "Jason and the Argonauts" and "Seventh Voyage of Sinbad" in four reels each. They also offered a six-reel silent version of the wartime "Batman" serial. The biggest line was one-reel versions of Three Stooges shorts.

The super-duper discovery was Blackhawk Films, which offered COMPLETE silent shorts and features (and their monthly catalog offered goodies from other companies as well). The one I could count on to amuse cynical peers was "Double Whoopee", a sure-fire Laurel and Hardy two-reeler set in a ritzy hotel.

For music, I'd stack LPs on the record changer and hope for the best.

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