Director – Robert Rodriguez
Cast – Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Josh Brolin, Marley Shelton, Jeff Fahey, Michael Biehn, Rebel Rodriguez, Bruce Willis, Naveen Andrews, Julio Oscar Mechoso, Stacy Ferguson, Quentin Tarantino
Release Year – 2007
Reviewed by John of the Dead
The “Grindhouse” feature which included a film by Robert Rodriguez and one by Quentin Tarantino was an obvious nod to the cheezy grind house flicks of decades ago. Although not a financial success, the “Grindhouse” experience was an awesome and sincere gift for fans of such flicks. Robert Rordiguez’s entry, “Planet Terror”, was a cheezy and gore filled zombie fest and is the premier zombie flick of the decade. (Shush you “28 Days Later” fans, that’s an “infected” film, not a “zombie” film)
“Planet Terror” stars whorebag Rose McGowan as “Cherry”, a Go-Go dancer who gives up the job in search of a more fulfilling life. As she drifts through the Texas countryside she comes in contact with her former lover, El Wray(Freddie Rodriguez). Seeing her desperation, he accepts her request for a ride but their reunion is disrupted when they are attacked by a group of quickly decomposing zombies. A biological weapon has been released, one that attacks the body and turns the person into a rapidly decomposing flesh eating zombie. As the number of living dead rises, it is up to a rag tag group of survivors to join up with Cherry and El Wray to make it out of town alive and embrace what future horrors may await them.
I am personally a big fan of Rob Rod’s films. I love his creativity, his shout-outs to the genre, and his cool as hell camerawork, dialogue, and musical scores. So naturally, when you throw all of these elements together into a zombie film, the results are going to be pleasing. VERY pleasing. Rob Rod’s direction in this film is awesome, and is the biggest reason behind this film’s success. The film never drags, EVER, and is filled with epic amounts of gore and even some pretty sweet laughs. The “cool” factor is high as well. How often do we see a chick with a fully functional AR-15 as a leg? Never. Don’t ask how it’s possible, this is a grind house flick, so it just is. The look of the zombies was awesome, and quite honestly I’ll admit that these may be my favorite zombies ever. I love how they are not the usual decomposing zombies, but are zombies that are decomposing as you watch them. This leads to very gory results, whether the zombies manage to kill the person or not. As if this film couldn’t sound anymore awesome, we get Quentin Tarantino in one of his classic roles. Of course because this is a Robert Rodriguez flick, Quentin Tarantino dies in this flick(that’s no spoiler, you should already know that). Haha. But he doesn’t just die, he dies one of the goriest deaths ever seen. A super gory death that also involves a silver screen legend? Priceless.
Complimenting Rodriguez’s direction is his awesome writing. Now by awesome I don’t mean this film’s plot is the most creative and Academy Awarding deserving plot. By awesome I mean literally…it’s awesome! The dialogue is great, the antics of the characters we get are creative and memorable, and who can forget the awesome and hilarious sex scene? It’s genius man.
I have no complaints at all for this film. We get all the goods we could ask for, and they are delivered to us in awesome fashion.
Overall, this is an amazing zombie flick that I recommend to all horror and zombie fans. If you want a near perfect no-brainer with tons of gore, deaths, zombies, guns, explosions, and just the right amount of “pulp”, you have to watch this flick.
– I ranked this film #31 in my Top 50 Horror Movies of the Decade(31-40) post.