Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror)

2007

Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror)

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Maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez details the violent struggle between a ravenous army of zombie-like humanoids who have taken control of the planet and the remaining survivors who refuse to go down without a fight. A dangerous government experiment has unleashed an abominable contamination that turns normal people into murderous mutants. Now, as an infinitely multiplying horde of frenzied psychotics flood the Texas plains, a dangerous outlaw named Wray (Freddy Rodriguez), a sexy stripper named Cherry (Rose McGowan), an unscrupulous smuggler named Abby (Naveen Andrews), and the curiously incapacitated Dr. Dakota Block (Marley Shelton) must try and make their way to the helicopter that could provide their only means of escaping to a place untouched by this nightmarish scourge that threatens to wipe out all of humankind. This nonstop action-horror hybrid originally was released as part of Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's ambitious Grindhouse double bill. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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  • Apr 06, 2015
    I preferred Death Proof.... I found Robert Rodriguez to be on top-form throughout this inspired zombie/action/exploitation fick, however much of the duration of the film is like a stuffy, cramped elevator, regarding the over-kill on supporting characters that are really relevant to absolutely nothing. It is almost like a broadway show with the amount of forgettable characters providing mere comic relief or a nonsensical meandering from the plot. The grainy style of Grindhouse cinema works well whilst watching Rose McGowan play a go-go dancer with a machine gun for a leg that is somehow fully functional as an actual weapon, shooting missiles at zombies. Don't try to make sense of it, you'll probably die.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 15, 2013
    From writer/director Robert Rodriguez comes the Grindhouse exploitation film Planet Terror. In this apocalyptic thriller a military experiment releases a zombie virus in a small town, forcing a rag-tag group of survivors to band together in order to escape. Rodriguez does a brilliant job homaging the exploitation film style and at delivering over-the-top action sequences. The cast is equally impressive, featuring Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Michael Biehn, and Bruce Willis. Still, the explicit gore becomes a bit much, and this extended cut isn't paced as well as the Grindhouse theatrical version. While it has some issues, Planet Terror is a creative and brilliant throwback to a bygone era of filmmaking.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2013
    VERY original, very cool, and very bloody. This and Death Proof make for a perfect pairing. PS.....a machine gun for a leg?! You know you have a winning movie!
    Eric A Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2012
    Planet Terror is a film by Robert Rodriquez and released alongside Quentin Taratino's "Death Proof" for the Grindhouse double feature. I highly enjoyed this film and it's always great to see Rodriguez whenever he makes an actual good film. What makes me mad at him is that I know he is a good director, but he makes so many crappy movies (Spy Kids 4, Sharkboy and Lavagirl) that it's very hard to see, but whenever he makes a great film (Machete, Sin City) I always regain my respect for him. This movie is a bloody and disgusting great time, and is one of the best zombie films I have seen. They make this film look like a true grindhouse movie and give us the experience of a film in the 70's. The actors just seemed to be having a fun time; they are funny and do nothing particularly special other than just being zombie killing badasses or sinister bad guys. I will admit its slow starting out because we don't know what we are in for, but soon it really picks up and gets really fun. I loved all the ideas and creativity in the film and it's very rare we see a film with this much entertainment in one package. Planet Terror was a highly entertaining and bloody thrill ride, and I highly recommend to all zombie fans.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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