Thursday, October 25, 2007

Planet Terror (2007)

Dir: Robert Rodriguez

Starring: Freddy Rodriquez, Rose McGowan, Josh Brolin, MICHAEL PARKS, Michael Biehn, Jeff Fahey, Bruce Willis, Quentin "My Acting Sucks" Tarantino

More Info: IMDB

Tagline: Humanity's last hope... Rests on a high power machine gun

Plot: After an experimental bio-weapon is released, turning thousands into zombie-like creatures, it's up to a rag-tag group of survivors to stop the infected and those behind its release.

My Rating: 9/10
Would I watch it again? Hell, yeah!

"She's got legs...and she knows how to use them."
IT'S GOT A GO-GO DANCER WITH A MACHINE GUN FOR A LEG! Do I really need to say more?

I dig me some Grindhouse and when I saw this with friends in its theatrical release earlier this year as Grindhouse the whole experience was too good to be true. This is the first time I've watched it since then and this time it's the new "extended" DVD. I couldn't remember what wasn't there before but the film still holds a tremendous amount of fun. Everyone did an awesome job and the only real beef I have with any of the acting (which is otherwise tops) is that from Fergie!?! She's hideous. Perhaps if she'd worn a paper sack with the eyes and mouth cut out like the Unknown Comic that would have helped. But you'd still have to hear her voice.

The effects are great. The music is great (a nod to John Carpenter's music), especially the main "grindhouse" theme. Awesome! The story, albeit not the most original (does it really need to be?), works. Great dialogue. Lots of old school patter like, "Lt. Muldoon: You want the story? I'll spin it for you quick." and "Cherry Darling: Name's Cherry Darling... El Wray: Sounds like a stripper name. Cherry Darling: No, it sounds like a go-go dancer name. There's a difference."

"She's choppin' Broccoli...broccoli...she's choppin' brocco..lahhhh."
Planet Terror moves at a pretty good clip, especially when the zombie shit hits the fan. Lots of gore, lots of laughs and even some skin. Hubba hubba. But for me one of the neatest and most effective aspects of this thing is how much it looks like an old, well-worn, beat-up print. That just adds to the fun. As far as pure entertainment this is probably my favorite from Rodriguez.

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