Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Planet Terror (2007)

"Get A Leg Up Will Ya !!"

Written by Happywax  May 2011
Rating 8.5 out of 10

Director   -   Robert Rodriguez

Rose McGowen-   Cherry Darling
Freddy Rodriguez-   Wray
Josh Brolin-   Dr. William Block
Bruce Willis-   Lt. Muldoon
Mary Shelton-   Dr. Dakota Block
Quentin Tarantino- Zombie
Tom Savini   -   Deputy Tolo
" A Crap , I got some on me ! "
"This Humidity is Killing me !"
Well well well , how are all you Gringhousian Gore Geeks , Happys in the dungeon tonight with a special little treat for ya, here is Robert Rodriguez's contribution to "Grindhouse", in my opinion the best film from 2007. Rodriguez's film is an homage to the campy zombie horror films from the 1970's, complete with excessive violence/gore, sexuality, deliberately bad dialogue, and a well-timed missing reel. As an added bonus, he gave the entire movie a look of worn/scratched/faded film as if the reel had seen better days. In the film, a Texas town becomes over-ridden with flesh-hungry sickos after a biochemical is released into the air and a group of survivors (led by a mysterious stranger and a one-legged go-go dancer) must fight to escape.

I can't begin to explain how much I loved this movie. It attempts to be one of those "so-bad-its-good" flicks but comes out as something much greater. The acting is eccentric and over-the-top, with an awesome cast including Freddy Rodriguez, Rose McGowan, Marley Shelton, Bruce Willis, and plenty more. Josh Brolin was fantastic as the evil/creepy Dr. William Block and I got a kick out of Freddy Rodriguez's over-acting as the mysterious Wray. The writing is sharp and the movie never takes itself too seriously.

For fans of cheesy gore/violence, this film has PLENTY to go around. Explosions occur frequently (sometimes without reason), people are torn apart, flesh is consumed, etc. There are some serious gross-out moments in this film, even for those who consider themself desensitized (i.e. the tongue blister...). My favorite moment has to be when Quentin Tarantino makes a cameo appearance as a soldier attempting to rape Cherry Darling (McGowan); his transformation was awesomely sickening and reminiscent of John Carpenter's "The Thing". This movie really does have it all, I think Ive watched this master piece over 25 times, and im still not sick of it, and after the success of Machette and Hobo with a |Shotgun I hope they can keep pumping out the GrindHouse style of movies, I know I'll be there.... 
"Loser ! Cordless is the way to go !!"

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