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Parents' Guide to

Planet Terror

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Rodriguez's gory zombie Grindhouse tale.

Movie NR 2007 105 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 17+

Campy Fun

Lots n lots of gore. Very over the top and doesnt even pretend to look realistic. Those at home with Left 4 Dead 2 will be fine. A jar of mutant testicles get smashed scattering theme everywhere. Pretty icky. Some boobs in a couple of scenes. Not too explicit Sex scene. Plenty of F words but not the worst language ever.
age 15+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (11 ):

Though shot digitally, the campy Planet Terror re-creates the look of ultra-cheap, mismatched, faded film stock; emulsion scratches; bad splices; and missing footage. Planet Terror originally visited theaters in a two-part concoction called Grindhouse that was an attempt by directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez to re-create a double-bill of the shabby exploitation movies of bygone days. Planet Terror is Rodriguez's contribution, a tribute to zombie-horror gorefests of the 1970s and early 1980s.

Rodriguez puts his typical high energy into the exercise, as well as indulging in what makes grindhouse movies so fascinating to their adherents. Lots of people die in excruciating and tasteless fashion. Pets die. Children die. (In his DVD commentary, Rodriguez states that exploitation filmmakers would do anything to get a reaction from their audience, chucking out all sense of right and wrong in the process.)

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