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.

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Robert Rodriguez
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Rose McGowan ... Cherry Darling
Freddy Rodríguez ... Wray (as Freddy Rodriguez)
Josh Brolin ... Dr. William Block
Marley Shelton ... Dr. Dakota Block
Jeff Fahey ... J.T.
Michael Biehn ... Sheriff Hague
Rebel Rodriguez ... Tony Block
Bruce Willis ... Lt. Muldoon
Naveen Andrews ... Abby
Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Romy
Fergie ... Tammy (as Stacy Ferguson)
Nicky Katt ... Joe
Hung Nguyen Hung Nguyen ... Dr. Crane
Cecilia Conti ... Paramedic Cecil
Tommy Nix Tommy Nix ... Paramedic Nixer
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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 Anonymous

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Humanity's last hope... rests on a high power machine gun! See more »


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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. See more »

Goofs

Cherry's gun-leg does not appear to have a function to fire and change ammo, but the leg was designed in the company of a bio-mechanical engineer that clearly has capabilities beyond a rational reality, so the fact that she doesn't need to pull triggers or activate different weapons in the gun-leg is rational, given the context and scope of the movie, along with the obvious fact that the technical functions of the device were deliberately overlooked by the filmmaker(s) to keep the action pace of the "grindhouse" film. See more »

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[first lines]
Skip: Real pretty tonight, Holly.
[two girls are kissing]
Skip: Goddammit, girls - if you're gonna do that shit, do it onstage!
[walks away]
Skip: Smokin' hot. Whew!
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Crazy Credits

As the credits play, the film's reel is shown malfunctioning. See more »

Alternate Versions

A 91-minute version was part of the "Grindhouse" (2007) double feature. A 105-minute single-feature version was prepared as an international version. The longer international version was used for the single-feature DVD release in the United States. See more »


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Useless Talent #38
Written by Rebecca Rodriguez and Robert Rodriguez
Performed by Rose McGowan
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A deliberate guilty pleasure
20 October 2007 | by AntoNEOSee all my reviews

While Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof seems to be a much more authentic representation of 1970s grindhouse pictures, Robert Rodriguez' Planet Terror is more of a loving caricature of 1980s zombie splatter films. Nothing in the film is played straight, and virtually every scene is accompanied by a wink and a grin at the audience.

If Tarantino's effort is accused of being slow (or deliberately paced, depending on your opinion), Planet Terror never even thinks about slowing down. From the exploitative opening credits through to the final frames of the film, this is a roller coaster ride of a film that doesn't let up.

With Planet Terror, Robert Rodriguez continues his "everything and the kitchen sink" mentality when it comes to his film-making by throwing everything at the wall just to see what sticks. While it sometimes feels like this technique gets in the way of Rodriguez finding a true film-making voice, it works quite well for a film like Planet Terror where there's no room for subtlety.

The cast that Rodriguez assembled is a glorious ensemble of bygone action heroes, horror icons, and Rodriguez stock actors. They all bring their parts to life in a cartoonish sort of way that fits the tone of the movie beautifully.

While the uncut DVD edition of Planet Terror doesn't change the film drastically in any way, it definitely improves the film. It gives the film smoother transitions and fills in some gaps in the plot (though that missing reel is still there and will always remain there as one of the many comical winks at the audience). The large cast of characters are also given more beats here and there that help fill out their personas a little more. All in all, this uncut version simply allows the film to breathe a little more, rather than having to jump frantically from scene to scene in an effort to make the 84 minute running time.

At the end of the day, Planet Terror isn't going to win any awards, and it's certainly not meant to. It's simply an extremely enjoyable guilty pleasure of a film that virtually anyone with the stomach for it can probably have a good time with, especially if you're a horror fan. Take a couple of classic John Carpenter films like The Fog and Escape From New York and throw them into a blender with a couple of classic zombie splatter films like Evil Dead 2 and Dawn of the Dead and you've got a pretty good idea of what Planet Terror is like. And at the end of the day, you could definitely have a worse combination of films to pay loving homage to.


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USA | Mexico

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English

Release Date:

13 June 2008 (Mexico) See more »

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Texas, USA See more »

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