Planet Terror

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2007.  , , , .  Screenplay by Robert Rodriguez.  Cinematography by Robert Rodriguez.  Produced by , , .  Music by Robert Rodriguez.  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , Robert Rodriguez.  

The other half of the original Grindhouse double feature that has been extended and released separately on DVD. Robert Rodriguez’s zombie-themed creature feature is far superior to Tarantino’s Death Proof, quicker-paced and devoid of the smug self-awareness that made the other film so irritating. In this one,  is marvelous as a go-go dancer who becomes one of a group of survivors after her small town is overtaken by flesh-eating, undead creatures. Cast members , , , and all shine in various roles as victims, heroes or ghouls in a snappy, often hilarious tribute to bad B-grade horror flicks of yore. The film probably worked better in its theatrical version; the DVD cut doesn’t need to be so long, but it’s never boring and the effects are terrific.

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