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Long before an actor named Roy Scheider came screaming into my living room via the television and a film called 'The Seven Ups', Charlton Heston was, unquestionably, the Man.

Like most, my first acquaintance with him was as Moses in Ten Commandments. Shortly thereafter came Ben Hur. Both offerings courtesy of the holiday season that brings them around still in this day. Of course, at that young age I couldn't grasp how incredible he was, as i was but a pup - pre 1968.

But soon a whole bunch of monkeying around would change everything for me.

The first time I saw the previews for Planet of the Apes on tv I was hooked. Tho I begged and pleaded my parents would not relent, and never took me to see it during its initial run. This is why when it hit CBS I was all over it.

For years after seeing it, Heston was more Astronaut Taylor than Heston himself. At least from my young perspective. I imagine when I saw Ten Commandments next I thought 'hey, it's Taylor'. His performance in 'Planet' was, and remains, that galvanizing. Like many of his efforts.

To this day I remember seeing Soylent Green, Heston's bloody arm raised to the sky, pleading with people to listen to him about SG. The urgency in his voice. The anguish.

He made it all look so easy.

As if that wasn't enough, he was incredibly kind and generous with his fans.

I'm not alone when I say there will never be another one like him.

My sympathies to his family, friends, and fans.

Mr.Heston, you will be missed.

Digital Bits is reporting in their rumour mill that Fox is putting together a 40th Anniversary Box set, to be available in Blu Ray. These would contain some new featurettes and, I'd imagine, a lengthy tribute to Mr.Heston.

Word around ape city is the most excellent news that, supposedly, the original ending to Conquest has been found intact and usable, and would be included in the set. Big news there for 99.999% of ape fans who have never seen the original, more appropriate, violent ending.

To this I can only say ook ook.

Made some updates to Masters of Horror, which can be found in Horrorhead Freds Fiendish Fun, Favorites, Latest News, and Monster poll.

Also added some photo's to the Jack Pierce tribute in the Vault.

Check it out monster kids.


With everything the man has accomplished, it shouldn't be too hard to have a Top Ten Charlton Heston Movies. Say for next week?

Till next time....


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