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  Publicity Stills of "Planet Terror"
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Genre: Sci-Fi/Thriller
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Cast: Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Josh Brolin, Michael Biehn, Naveen Andrews, Electra Avellan, Elise Avellan
RunTime: 1 hr 44 mins
Released By: GV
Rating: R21
Official Website: http://www.grindhousemovie.net/

Opening Day: 20 September 2007


In PLANET TERROR, married doctors William and Dakota Block (Josh Brolin and Marley Shelton) find their graveyard shift inundated with townspeople ravaged by gangrenous sores and a suspiciously vacant look in their eyes. Among the wounded is Cherry (Rose McGowan), a go-go dancer whose leg was ripped from her body during a roadside attack. Wray (Freddy Rodriguez), her former significant other, is at her side and watching her back. Cherry may be down, but she hasn’t danced her last number. As the invalids quickly become enraged aggressors, Cherry and Wray lead a team of accidental warriors into the night, hurtling towards a destiny that will leave millions infected, countless dead, and a lucky few struggling to find the last safe corner of PLANET TERROR.

Movie Review:

The moment the Grindhouse main title theme starts playing and blasting in the theatre and Rose McGowan begins sensuously swaying her hips to perform a go-go dance, we knew we were in for one wildly fun time. One half of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s fan-boy project that is Grindhouse, this installment directed by Rodriguez will provide you with 104 minutes of non-stop bloody enjoyment.

The sci-fi plot is amusingly silly: A bio-weapon is accidentally released and results in humans being transformed into slimy zombies, and it’s up to a group of survivors to save, as ridiculous as it sounds – mankind.

As if the deliberate scratchy film reel and the occasional bad audio recordings aren’t enough to pay homage to the old-fashioned cheap B-grade zombie movies, there are lots of intentional bad dialogues and hilarious gory sequences that will leave you giggling hysterically.

There will be blood splattering, there will be heads exploding, there will be limbs being eaten by zombies, and there will be slime flying everywhere – all in the name of fun. Amidst the moans of yuck, we can guarantee cheers of hooray when the zombies get blown up one by one, resulting in a literal bloodbath.

Other than McGowan’s revealing two piece suit, boys will be enthralled by her makeshift machine gun leg which actually shoots ammunition! Other than Freddy Rodriguez’s likeable portrayal of an ex-boyfriend who just wants his girlfriend back, girls will love the way he rides a ridiculously small motorbike with such charm!

Other than Marley Shelton’s sexy eyeliners on her lesbian doctor’s character, boys will laugh at the sad shack she becomes after her husband turns into a zombie to attack her! Other than Quentin Tarantino’s uproarious turn as a rapist, girls will have a hoot of a time seeing how his, err, delicate private parts becomes a slop of goo!

There are lots more fun to be uncovered: The chef who is determined to concoct the best barbeque sauce, the voluptuous babysitter twins whom we cannot get enough of, and a surprise cameo by a certain actor likes to live free and die hard.

Coupled with a rock-steady music John Carpenter-influenced music score, stunningly exciting cinematography by the director himself and some impressive post production and makeup visual effects, this flick will entertain you from start to end.

And when humanity finally gets salvaged by the woman with a killer machine gun leg, you’d be cheering her on to ensure the safety of our planet.

Movie Rating:

(The entertaining and intentional exploitation of gore, horror and violence will leave you screaming for more)

Review by John Li

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