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Planet Terror

Planet Terror

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These over-the-top flicks are hit or miss with me. I can't really put it into words, but they either entertain me or they don't. If I see a preview for one and am interested, I'll see it. Sometimes I like them, other times I don't. I hated Kill Bill. I was into it for a little while, but it was just absurd (and not in an entertaining way) after a while. I also did not like the other half of Grindhouse; Deathproof. Tarentino directed that one, Robert Rodriguez directed this Planet Terror, which I highly enjoyed.

In case you didn't know, Tarentino and Rodriguez got together a few years ago and decided to make an homage to the old fashion grindhouse movies. They really go to great lengths to do this. Fake trailers, old-school screen wipes and transitions, even fake "cigarette burns" in the film. It's the details like that that really contribute to the authentic look and feel of those old exploitation movies. In fact, I think I like this better than some of the actual exploitation movies of the past. Some of those were actually quite disgusting.

Planet Terror is loaded with well-know leads and character actors; Michael Biehn, Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis, and many more. But the real gems of this movie are Freddy Rodriguez and Rose McGowan. Rodriguez (Freddy) plays the mysterious and legendary (for what, they never really say) El Wray. He's some kind of badass known for...well being bad ass. Rose McGowan plays Cherry Darling, his ex-girlfriend and recently unemployed go-go dancer. She's fed up with her life, decides to quit her job and is inadvertently teams up with her ex when flesh-eating mutants take over their town.

Both of these actors were very entertaining in the roles, McGowan in particular. I thought she was absolutely hilarious. Her delivery in this movie is spot on. She was funny, witty, and deadly! I never really considered her funny before, but she really surprised me in this.

If you don't like gory (but in an unrealistic way) movies, this isn't for you. But if you like some ridiculous fun, give it a try!

Rating: Thumbs up.

This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on November 1, 2010.