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Planet Terror

A movie directed by Robert Rodriguez

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"Now you've got a gal in your wrecked truck with a missing leg? A missing leg that's now missing?"

  • Aug 27, 2009
Rating:
+4
It's "Night of the Living Dead" meets "Showgirls" meets "Smokey and the Bandit"...!

When toxic biochemicals are released into the Earth's atmosphere, transforming innocent bystanders into flesh-guzzling zombies, mankind's only hope lies with former go-go dancer Cherry (Rose McGowan), who wears a machine-gun in place of an amputated leg...one of her many "useless talents"...

That's the bizarre plot of PLANET TERROR, writer/director Robert Rodriguez's homage to the blood-spattered, beaten-up horror movies of the 1970s. This was originally part of the double-feature presentation "Grindhouse" along with Quentin Tarantino's DEATH PROOF, and whilst both movies play well as a double feature, you can easily enjoy PLANET TERROR as a stand-alone movie experience.

Rose McGowan is a natural fit for the role of Cherry; and it's a complete mystery--to this reviewer at least--why it's taken her so long to be the leading lady of an action/horror film; she's perfect! Rodriguez's script is totally tongue-in-cheek with lots of fun references and cliches for the veteran horror experts. Marley Shelton, Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis, Freddy Rodriguez, and "The Crazy Babysitter Twins" co-star.

The Blu-ray comes stacked with extras, including director commentary, cast interview featurettes, "scratch-free" version of the movie, audience reaction track, "Film School" tutorial featurette and BD-Live components. The perfect movie for starting a lazy weekend!

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Quick Tip by . April 18, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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While I preferred the back-to-back presentation of "Grindhouse" (complete with the made-up trailers) Robert Rodriguez's highly entertaining homage to B-movies, exploitation films, horror-zombie movies and 'grindhouse" can stand on its own. Arguably more fun than Tarantino's "Death Proof".      The film that gave "Machete" the opening to become a full-feature film! 4 Out of 5 Stars
review by . May 22, 2009
Here is another entry into the spoof the Night of the Living Dead series. This one is highly entertaining. It is made like it is being shown in a cheap movie theater in the 70's with breaks in the film and coming attractions to other movies (they show a spoof called Machete). Rose McGowan alone makes this movie as she is one of the sexiest looking stars in movies. During the movie she loses a leg but her boyfriend later replaces it with a machine gun for which she then starts mowing down the zombies. …
review by . August 12, 2008
Grindhouse was originally released in theatres as a nostalgic look at the matinĂ©e style movies of the Grindhouse theatres. These movie theatres would usually display 1, 2 or even 3 movies in a row. The movies were relatively low budget in exchange for high levels of advertising. Both Tarrantino and Rodriguez have spoken of their love for the Grindhouse theatres as kids. They both set about to make two separate movies that would be shown in succession, but in between would feature commercials for …
review by . March 21, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Gore, girls, guns, zombifying gases and guts-- I guess that's all it takes to make a moderately entertaining and occasionally visually stunning flick. Of course, it won't do much for your mind -- unlike some grindhouse flicks that play with intriguing subtexts underneath all of the shock-inducing and exploitation schlock -- Robert Rodriguez just wants to ramp up the insanity step by step, piling up absurd but effective and increasingly over the top gory elements until, after the climax, it all ends …
review by . March 03, 2008
Here is another entry into the spoof the Night of the Living Dead series. This one is highly entertaining. It is made like it is being shown in a cheap movie theater in the 70's with breaks in the film and coming attractions to other movies (they show a spoof called Machete). Rose McGowan alone makes this movie as she is one of the sexiest looking stars in movies. During the movie she loses a leg but her boyfriend later replaces it with a machine gun for which she then starts mowing down the zombies. …
review by . October 02, 2007
This movie is great and the ones that watch it with me had a blast. Rodriguez had already indulged himself to his heart's content in From Dusk Till Dawn (Dimension Collector's Series) which was also about a group of people fighting off warring vampires in a night club from, as the name indicates, from dusk till dawn, which makes "Planet Terror" an encore exercise of pretty much similar plot, similar format and similar execution. As his other movies like El Mariachi (Special Edition) and Desperado …
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Director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) is back with a rip-roaring, zombie-infested rollercoaster of a movie that "sure as hell keeps you hanging on for the ride" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone). Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Bruce Willis, and an all-star cast fight for their lives in the ultimate showdown between an army of flesh-eating mutants and a motley group of rag-tag survivors. Featuring one of the most memorable screen heroines ever and the now-legendary mock Machete trailer, "Planet Terror is as total blast - funny, gory and over the top" (Christy Lemire, Associated Press).
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