Saturday, July 24, 2010

Planet Terror (2007)

"Don't shoot yourself. Don't shoot each other. And especially... don't shoot me."

"Planet Terror". Wow, where do I start? I've been a fan of zombie movies for a long time. There's no denying that George A. Romero is the king, or at least used to be the king of that subgenre of horror films. In 2007, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez released Grindhouse; a two part tribute to 70s grindhouse cinema. While Tarantino's "Death Proof" was supposed to be a slasher movie where the killer kills with his car instead of a knife, Rodriguez' effort proved far more entertaining in this gory, dirty and fun zombie film. The conventions are all there: a group of survivors and a few unlikely heroes try to survive a zombie apocalypse - except one of them has a machine gun leg and the other is Kyle Reese from "The Terminator". Like Romero's films, the zombies are a bad bunch, but regular humans are often just as violent, if not more so. It doesn't break any new ground but that was never the point. If you can imagine one of these low budget, gory 70s films with their over the top gore and bad dialog and then imagine that same scenario done inentionally with some slightly updated visuals and effects, then you have this movie. Not to be missed for fans of horror or zombie films. 4/5 -andy

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