Reviewed Aug 09, 2012
Chuck Dowling’s review:
PLANET TERROR is Robert Rodriguez’ entry in the ill-fated Grindhouse double feature, and it’s definitely more entertaining than Tarantino’s talkfest DEATH PROOF. It’s not great… it’s FROM DUSK TILL DAWN redux with a heavy John Carpenter vibe, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing either. The cast is superb (Michael Biehn and Jeff Fahey still have the goods), the music is excellent, and it doesn’t require much thought. And at least the look of the film remains constant throughout, unlike DEATH PROOF. On the down side, the film never even tries to be remotely scary, opting instead for the gross out factor by making everything all gooey and squishy. The film could have been even better with a just a hint of atmosphere. The movie also tries to convince us that Rose McGowan is hot, but I’m sorry… she slept with Marilyn Manson. Ewwww.