Planet Terror

2007

Action / Comedy / Horror / Thriller

144
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 77%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 78%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 183559

Synopsis


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Cast

Quentin Tarantino as Rapist #1 / Zombie Eating Road Kill
Bruce Willis as Lt. Muldoon
Rose McGowan as Cherry Darling
Josh Brolin as Dr. William Block
720p.BLU
649.99 MB
1280*720
English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 45 min
P/S 7 / 39

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by a_chinn 10 / 10

Rodriguez's best film is delightfully unrestrained

I think this might arguably be Robert Rodriguez's best, and he has some pretty ones ("Sin City" is probably a close second). Rodriguez is not an art-house director by any means, but he is a director of wildly entertaining films and I think this may be his most entertaining, though I'll also say this film probably has the narrowest audience appeal. The story is a zombie one about a government experiment gone wrong that infects the populace of a small Texas town, but this film is unique in that it was one half of Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's "Grindhouse" double feature, that tried to recreate the experience of going to rundown theaters and watching low budget explorations films of the 1970s, complete with fake exploitation film trailers, damaged film prints, and missing reels to round out the experience. That's what I think limits the film's appeal to a wide audience, because not only does Rodriguez embrace the visual aesthetics of these films, he also fully embraces the ratcheted up sex and violence of these same exploitation films that he's celebrating, which is not going to appeal to all audience members. I can't speak from personal experience in regards to attending grindhouse theaters, but I can attest to watching many of these films during the VHS heyday. Those VHS video gems did include cheesy trailers for cheap low budget films and often did include poor film transfers that included damaged film prints, so even for a gen-xer like me, this film provided a lot of nostalgia. Freddy Rodríguez is the hero of the film who helps save his stripper girlfriend, Rose McGowan, from zombies. In the process McGowan loses her leg, which is eventually replaced with an M-16. Josh Brolin plays a terrifically villainous doctor after his ex-wife Marley Shelton. I think this was the first film I saw him in where I realized this guy can really act and isn't just the guy from "Goonies" and "Thrashin'". You also have Jeff Fahey, Michael Biehn, Fergie, Nicky Katt and Bruce Willis. A great touch is that Willis is never shown in the same shot as the rest of the cast, which was a favorite trick of exploitation films who would hire one major (usually fading) start to film one or two days worth of footage that could be inserted into the rest of the film, then giving producers the opportunity to boast about the films' fabulous cast. Rodriguez pretty much summed up this love letter to exploitation films of yore when he said, "The posters were much better than the movies, but we're actually making something that lives up to the posters." and he absolutely did!

Reviewed by hellholehorror 6 / 10

Tries too hard to be a b-movie

What to know what happens when good filmmakers with a large budget made a bad film looking like it has no budget? Then watch Planet Terror (2007). I have seen a lot of zombie films and I would say that this is quite good. The biggest problem is that it tries too hard to be a trashy b-movie, the best trashy movies are low budget with lots of creativity. The gore is bloody and unrelenting with a slightly dark comic twist. I felt like I had seen it before when I hadn't. Fun but would have been better if it was trashy and not imitation trashy.

Reviewed by Tweekums 7 / 10

A deliberately trashy homage to '70s exploitation films

When a deadly chemical known as DC2 is released at a military based in rural Texas something strange starts happening to those affected by it… they appear gangrenous and start attacking other people in a zombie like fashion. Among those caught up in the events are Cherry Darling, a go-go dancer who loses a leg when attacked and her bad-boy friend Wray; the local police; barbecue restaurant owner JT and doctors William and Dakota Block. Before the film is over they will have to fight off lots of the infested as well as a group of soldiers with a dark secret.

This film is deliberately over-the-top and trashy; anybody shot virtually explodes and the gore level is turned up to eleven… this will either make one dislike the film or find it darkly comical. The characters are pretty cheesy too, but again in a fun way. Rose McGowan is entertaining as our one-legged protagonist, Freddy Rodríguez is pretty good as the cliché bad boy Wray, the rest of the cast are decent enough although it can be hard to judge when they are trying to be slightly rubbish! The story is entertaining and provides lots of gory laughs. The deliberate aging of the film with 'scratches' was a bit mixed; when the scratches were minor it gave a good feel to the film but when it was more extreme, and there was even a 'missing reel' it was rather annoying… especially when important details were deliberately omitted. Given the mostly comic tone the attempted rape scene featuring Quentin Tarantino just felt nasty even if his demise was satisfyingly unpleasant. Overall I did enjoy this even if it does try a bit too hard to be trashy at times.

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