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The scene where Wray and Cherry burst out on the motorcycle and Cherry fires the gun was filmed first and then redone with CGI.
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In the scene in the hospital when Dakota is called on by her husband Dr. Bill Block to bring the needles there is a brief shot of her notepad which reads: "To do / Cereal for Tony / Crickets for Tony's pets / Kill Bill" - the latter of course a reference to Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" films.
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 Lieutenant Muldoon is never in the same frame with the other actors, indicating that all of his scenes were filmed separately.)
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen refused to give Josh Brolin an audition for the role of Llewelyn in their movie No Country for Old Men (2007), so he asked director Robert Rodriguez to help him shoot an audition tape while Brolin was filming his Grindhouse (2007) segment (Planet Terror (2007)) for Rodriguez. Rodriguez shot and Quentin Tarantino directed the tape, which was shot using a 950,000 dollar digital camera. Marley Shelton, who was playing Brolin's character's wife in Grindhouse, agreed to read the lines for Llewelyn's wife Carla Jean (eventually played by Kelly Macdonald).
Robert Rodriguez first came up with the idea for Planet Terror while making The Faculty (1998). He told Elijah Wood and Josh Hartnett that zombie movies were about to come back in a major way. He wanted to be there first when it happened so he prepared a script. But he only got as far as 30 pages before he got stuck for ideas. And when he got attached to other projects, the zombie craze happened just as he predicted. Rodriguez later commented, "I knew I should've made my zombie movie."
Skip Reissig, who plays strip-club owner Skip, isn't an actor but is actually Robert Rodriguez's real-estate agent. Rodriguez thought he'd be perfect for the part of the brusque, no-nonsense, tough-talking strip-club owner because, as Rodriguez says, "That's the way he really is."
The "machine-gun leg" effect was pulled off by putting a cast on Rose McGowan's leg to keep it stiff and wrapping green first aid tape around it. A gray wrap was sometimes used.
Robert Rodriguez specifically wrote the part of Dakota for Marley Shelton after working with her on Sin City (2005).
Rose McGowan has mysophobia (fear of germs) and had to have the stripper pole sanitized before doing her dance routine.
The scene where Dakota jumps out of the window and lands on top of the trash cans was filmed twice, the first shot had a stunt double falling onto a crash mat from the original height and the second had her falling onto the trash cans from a scaffolding at a lower height. A car driving by was put in to disguise the switch.
While on set, Robert Rodriguez would play the soundtracks from Escape from New York (1981) and The Thing (1982) to set the mood for the movie.
Felix Sabates, who plays Dr. Felix, is a real doctor and is Robert Rodriguez's personal physician.
Cameo: Zöe Bell as a zombie feasting on a paramedic. She appears in both Death Proof (2007), and this film, and is one of the small group of actors and actresses to be part of both Planet Terror and the Death Proof world. The others are Rose McGowan, Marley Shelton, Michael Parks, "The Twins" and Quentin Tarantino.
Wray's name is revealed to be "El Wray", a likely reference to surf guitar legend Link Wray whose songs were featured in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction (1994) and Robert Rodriguez's Desperado (1995). Link Wray's first name is also Frederick. "El Wray" and El Rey, are homonyms: meaning that they are words that sound the same but mean something else. El Rey is the name of Robert Rodriguez's own television network. It means "king" in Spanish.
Deputy Tolo is a terrible shot - he keeps missing his targets through the movie. In Spanish and Portuguese "tolo" means fool.
Robert Rodriguez wrote the first 30 pages of the script for Planet Terror (2007) back in 1998.
When Wray is first introduced, he asks the owner of the Bone Shack for a pack of cigarettes. The brand he is handed, "Red Apple," is the same brand that Bruce Willis' character, Butch Coolidge, is handed in Marsellus Wallace's bar in Pulp Fiction (1994). This is perhaps a nod to the much noted friendship between Tarantino and Rodriguez.
A box of Great White Bites cereal can be seen in Dr. Block's kitchen. This fictional cereal can also be seen in Rodriguez' kids film, Shorts (2009).
The original title for Planet Terror was "Project Terror".
When Tammy is changing her car radio station, the DJ is heard dedicating an upcoming song to the "departed Jungle Julia."
In Mexico, this film was exhibited in its original unrated version in theaters.
The main character's name is El Wray. In Robert Rodriguez's earlier movie, From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), Seth Gecko is trying to get to a place called El Ray.
Rose McGowan originally suggested her friend Rey-Phillip Santos for the role of El Wray. Instead it went to Freddy Rodríguez.
John Carpenter, who composes the scores to his own films, was originally chosen to compose the score to Planet Terror. Robert Rodriguez ended up taking over the job as composer instead, though excerpts from Carpenter's Escape from New York (1981) score would appear throughout the film.
Michael Parks reprises his character as Sheriff Earl McGraw in Planet Terror (2007). He also played Sheriff Earl McGraw in Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), as well as Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004).
Both Rose McGowan and Marley Shelton have had roles in the Scream franchise.
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Lindsay Lohan was rumored for the role of Cherry Darling.
Jeff Fahey (J.T.) And Naveen Andrews (Abby) both star in the hit television series Lost (2004-2010).
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When Rodriguez goes to the BBQ restaurant, he asks J.T. for a smoke. J.T. Gives him a pack of Red Apple cigarettes. Red Apple smokes are in many Quentin Tarantino movies.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Partly to avoid traumatizing his son Rebel Rodriguez with knowledge of his disturbing death scene, Robert Rodriguez shot several scenes with Tony surviving all the way to the end of the movie. Some of this is seen on the DVD, but apparently the only complete edit with this footage is a private copy of the Rodriguez family's.
Robert Rodriguez found the scene where Dr. Dakota Block leaves son Tony in the car with a gun to be so chilling to film, he didn't want to use anyone else's children to play Tony, so he used his own son, Rebel Rodriguez, so he wouldn't feel as bad "killing a child".
When asked about the ending, Robert Rodriguez said "I consider it an anti- Army of Darkness (1992) like ending. In 'Army of Darkness', Ash is returned to normal suburbia and battles the Undead. In my film, Planet Terror (2007), the characters are taken out of suburbia and now battle the undead in a more barren landscape."
In the scene, at the beginning of the movie, in the strip club, Cherry is zipping up the boot of her right leg when she says "I need a dramatic change in my life". Her right leg is also the same leg which is later amputated.
Total body count of Planet Terror (2007) segment is 281. El Wrey has 52 kills, Cherri Darling has 50 kills and Sheriff Hague has 13 kills.
Planet Terror is also the second film in which both Freddy Rodriguez and Stacy Ferguson, a.k.a. Fergie, appear, but not together in the same scene. The first film was Wolfgang Petersen's Poseidon (2006). Just as in Poseidon, both characters died violently.
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