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Aficionados will appreciate the po-faced wordplay and self-consciously gnarled-up aesthetic (missing reels, bad syncing, etc) as much as the fleshy centrepieces and gross-out grace notes. Others will struggle to find much appeal.
A dull-witted homage to 1970s schlock Grindhouse horror films.
Packed with hot women, a ninja-like character and zombies, it's the kind of movie a 15-year-old would make with a limitless budget and little concern for ratings. Good thing he knows how to make an incredibly fun movie.
A first-rate homage to the schlocky, sleazy B-movies of decades past.
Planet Terror makes bad movies look good, and that's absolutely a compliment.
Deduces that the nudging awareness and recreation of a genre's tropes is enough
Some people call this a guilty pleasure %u2013 a silly expression that has been adopted by serious minded critics who apologise for liking overtly commercial movies
Too ugly conceptually to be any fun.
Geysers of blood, insinuating camera angles and an extremely playful editing style add to the mayhem, keeping us gasping in horror and laughing at the gleeful excesses on screen.
Exciting, sexy, gory - in a good way - and frequently laugh-out-loud funny, Rodriguez's zombie exploitation flick is the most fun you'll have in the cinema all year.
Won't make any friends outside of B-movie aficionados, and even they might tire of laughing at all the cheapo gore being thrown around.
Dire and dunderheaded.
Rodriguez' part of the Grindhouse feature is clearly set in his well known crazy universe, with many of his usual cast suspects returning. The movie takes the used look of the B-film rolls somewhat too far, even has an intentional missing reel at the most inconvenient time and quite a lot of color mishaps. It also sets out to reach new records of disgusting scenes, breaking taboos by the minute: children shooting themselves in the head, (disturbingly hot) sex with one legged women, goo shooting from infection wounds and melting penises. That's almost a little much to stomach, but always countered with a similar kind of humor already used in his "From Dusk Till Dawn". But especially compared to that movie "Planet Terror" can't entirely live up to, neither to the more amusing "Death Proof". Still, there is plenty of fun to have with this film as well: It's nice to see Michael Biehn and Jeff Fahey again, there are some great lines and fun moves (especially by the wonderful Rose McGowan). I can't really say I would blame people who find this too disgusting or silly, though. Not for everyone, but the fans get what they demand.
A deadly plague that turns the populace into flesh eating mutants is released into the atmosphere and a band of misfits join together to fight their way to safety. Robert Rodriguez' pastiche of seventies and eighties style schlock horror seemed like a real breath of fresh air to me. The fact that two of its greatest exponents, Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson have been heading further and further down the overlong, sterile, technology orientated road of mainstream cinema makes it all the more ironic. Tarantino and Rodriguez seem to be headed completely in the opposite direction, concentrating on entertainment rather than ego and in this film they deliver just the right blend of tongue in cheek humour, knowing homage and outrageous gore the likes of which I haven't seen since Evil Dead 2. It's half John Carpenter and half George Romero, but manages to ape the films of their heydays to such an extent it surpasses anything either of them has done for a couple of decades. The cast overact their cinematic stereotypes to just the right degree and the gore is amusingly ridiculous in a similar way to Return Of The Living Dead, itself a tongue in cheek semi-sequel to Romero's original zombie film. It'll never change your world, but that's hardly the point. 100% proof pure entertainment.
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!
It was a huge risk for Rodriguez and Tarantino making the grindhouse double feature and attempting to revive the genre, and I had low expectations from the start. But Planet Terror worked. I felt like I was watching a good old fashioned grindhouse movie like Rodriguez envisioned. It was bang right on the awareness level with a mix of totally tasteless gore combined with the grindhouse humour. It's a pretty decent film that was well executed and I felt like it belonged. I've never seen Tarantino's contribution "Death Proof" but I have great confidence that Planet Terror will be hard to top.
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