Written by: Scotty
Let’s take a quick trip back to the seventies type of horror movies. Back then, horror movies were based on blood and guts and a strong story line. Not forgetting this, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino combined forces and drew upon their youth to re-invent a new cult favorite.
Having many storylines between couples, brothers and a dysfunctional father/daughter relationship, Planet Terror brought more than just relationships to the screen. With a fantastic staff comes great acting with horror greats Tom Savini and Michael Biehn, and they are nicely complimented by Freddie Rodriguez, Rose McGowan and Bruce Willis.
Now while nothing about this movie screams Oscar in any way, shape or form, it is a very entertaining film as you watch all of the different characters grow in one way or another. The effects are nothing less than spectacular having one of the greats, Greg Nicotero leading the charge with all kinds of splatter flying across the screen. Not being given limits of how the infected will be disposed of makes an effects driven movie much more entertaining.
Planet Terror takes you on a spectacular ride as a type of zombie virus is released on a small town. The DC-2 gas that is released either kills people or makes them dependent on it. The folks that are immune to its effects are ravaged by the infected. Fighting with the Sheriff and new hero Wray, a group bands together to take on a corrupted military platoon as they try to leave town. Meeting up with Biochemist Abby, the group takes their fight to the next level as they discover the only weakness the infected soldiers have, DC-2 gas.
With your main storyline hiding behind Wray, a tow truck driver that has a hidden past that only wants to save his love, Cherry, there are plenty of other stories to go around. There is Cherry, a now former Go-Go Dancer that is looking for her next profession, possibly as a stand-up comedian. Lt. Muldoon is looking for some way to keep his men alive after being exposed to DC-2 gas. And then there is the brothers, J.T. and Sheriff Hague who continually battle over the best bar-b-q in the family. Then Doctor William Block and wife Doctor Dakota Block are at ends of each other, but neither will say anything to each other as both of their trusts have been pushed to the test.
If you are Looking for a fast paced horror film with tons of blood, Planet Terror is your film. Lots of blood and guts being shot all over the screen with strong performances and a story line that keeps your attention, Robert Rodriguez has brought the cult classic back to the big screen. The film even has adds grain along with discoloration added in to make you feel as if you are watching an old beat up movie that has been played many times over before getting to you. Having a missing reel is also a stroke of genius as you move from the movies love scene to a building burning down, having no reason why. Scares, humor, action and gore, the only elements you need for a good horror movie. If you have not seen this film yet and love horror or scary movies, pick it up, you will not be disappointed. If you have seen it, give it another view, for there are scenes that will still make you smile as you remember back to your first viewing. Stay scared out there.