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Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror) (2007)

Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror) (2007)




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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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Rose McGowan
as Cherry Darling
Josh Brolin
as Dr. William Block
Marley Shelton
as Dr. Dakota Block
Michael Biehn
as Sheriff Hague
Bruce Willis
as Lt. Muldoon
Michael Parks
as Earl McGraw
as Tammy
Jerili Romeo
as Ramona McGraw
Tom Savini
as Deputy Tolo
Rebel Rodriguez
as Tony Block
Carlos Gallardo
as Deputy Carlos
Quentin Tarantino
as Rapist No.1
Electra Avellan
as Babysitter Twin No. 1
Elise Avellan
as Babysitter Twin No. 2
Greg Kelly
as Rapist No. 2
Hung Nguyen
as Dr. Crane
Cecilia Conti
as Paramedic No. 1
Tommy Nix
as Paramedic No. 2
Troy Robinson
as Soldier No. 1
Derek Southers
as Soldier No. 2
Felix Sabates
as Dr. Felix
Johnny Reno
as Sax Survivor
Jerili Romero
as Ramona McGraw
Feliz Sabates
as Dr. Felix
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Critic Reviews for Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror)

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (1)

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.

November 9, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

September 18, 2013 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…
Lyles' Movie Files

A first-rate homage to the schlocky, sleazy B-movies of decades past.

January 23, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Projection Booth

Planet Terror makes bad movies look good, and that's absolutely a compliment.

November 3, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Deduces that the nudging awareness and recreation of a genre's tropes is enough

August 27, 2009 | Full Review…

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

March 1, 2008 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror)

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.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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 Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer


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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Directors Cat

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