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. Written by
The appearance of Bruce Willis in a minor role is a subtle nod to an old marketing trick often employed by Grindhouse makers. They would contract a big-name movie star to appear in their movie for one day, for a few frontal shots only, while the rest of the scenes were done with a double filmed from the back. A picture of the big star would then be placed prominently on the movie's poster in order to boost sales. (Example: Bruce Willis character of Lt. Muldoon is never in the same frame with the other lead and supporting actors indicating that all of his scenes were filmed separately.) See more »
When Dakota Block is trying to start her car by using her mouth to insert the key into the ignition, the reflection in the metal ignition shows a hand holding the key, not a mouth. See more »
Real pretty tonight, Holly.
[two girls are kissing]
Goddammit, girls - if you're gonna do that shit, do it onstage!
Smokin' hot. Whew!
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As the credits play, the film's reel is shown malfunctioning. See more »
The problem with PLANET TERROR is that it's not terrible, and it's not that great either. Any number of real drive-in trash movies from the early 1970s are better than this film is.
For self-styled film buffs, Rodriguez and Tarantino display a spectacular lack of understanding of what made those old grindhouse movies work. The point was that the original films transcended their low budgets and poor actors by virtue of the talent and energy of their directors.
But maybe that was a challenge too far for Team Tarantino. By giving themselves the insurance of genuinely talented actors like Michael Biehn and Naveen Andrews (even if the thesps act like they're slumming it), they fail to set themselves the same challenge faced by their predecessors ... so we don't end up with a great trash movie. We don't even get a pretty good trash movie. We just get an average trash movie. And that's pretty much the worst kind of movie you can get.
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