Planet Terror is the first of a double feature known as Grindhouse. I’m going to review Planet Terror, as a single movie, same with its partner, Death Proof, then review them as a package (with the fake trailers and what-not) as Grindhouse.
The idea behind Grindhouse is to have two films, as a double feature with ‘future presentations’ (aka: fake trailers) and all wrapped up to give it that 42nd Street feel.
So, this review is for Planet Terror only. The others will be forthcoming…
The ‘story’ is that: After an experimental bio-nerve gas is accidentally released at a remote U.S. military base in Texas, those exposed to the gas turn into flesh-eating, mutating zombies out to kill. An assortment of various people who include stripper Cherry, her shady mechanic ex-boyfriend Wray, a strong-willed doctor, the local sheriff, and an assortment of various people must join forces to survive the night as the so-called “sickos” threaten to take over the whole town and the world. (from IMDb.com)
The basic idea of the movie is to recreate ‘the good old days’ with plenty of action, gore, cheesy lines and madness. Planet Terror checks all those boxes, and more!
What I LOVED about Planet Terror (and I assume Death Proof) was the visual effect to simulate hairs and dust on the reel. It reel-y does give it that old 70’s projector look. Another thing that gives it the old 70’s B-movie feel is the cameo’s. Bruce Willis pops up as does Tarantino and a certain Mr. Tom Savini as a cop.
It may (partially) be a zombie movie, but there’s also a fair amount of humour in the movie too. One scene that made me laugh was when the former go-go dancer, who is now one-legged (thanks to an accident) with a table leg for a replacement, is in a torrid love scene (sorry, no boobage) as she lays down up comes her one good leg, followed by the table leg. You gotta see it to get it…
Planet Terror does all the right things for me. It’s a new film, but pretends to be about 30 years old which is great. It has a TON of gore, a TON of action, hot chicks and even part way through the movie it stops and up pops a screen saying ‘missing reel’ and that the management apologizes. Brilliant!
Rating: <– would have been 4.5 if there’d been boobies.