Rodriguez' half of Grindhouse is superb, but has lots of blood and guts. Mature teens and up!
"Planet Terror" is a Grindhouse movie by Robert Rodriguez released in 2007. ---------------------------- In 2007, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez released the double feature "Grindhouse" in American theatres. Two full-length feature films at the price of one, recreating the look of old exploitation films. Due to it failing at the box office, since many people did not get the idea of what a grindhouse movie is, the movies were released seperately elsewhere in the world and on DVD, in extended cuts. "Planet Terror" is Robert Rodriguez' half of Grindhouse. And it is the better half. Simply for being what makes an exploitation film: a lot of fun! Yes, "Planet Terror" does not have any deeper meaning or intelligent plot, but overall, it IS a grindhouse film. It is refreshing and entertaining, not taking itself too seriously with many memorable scenes and propably the most abstruse leg prosthesis ever seen in a film. Robert Rodriguez made a Zombie flick, but did not focus on shock value or suspense, but instead went straight ahead for an action movie. And the movie is what you're expecting from a film like this: there is violence, there is sex and there is a silly plot. Also, while Tarantino's movie lost its rough and corny looking visual style after the first hour, this movie sticks to the intentionally poor quality until the end. There are missing reel jokes and emulsion scratches. The soundtrack, which was composed by Robert Rodriguez is great, reminding of the soundtrack used in older B-movies. There is a superb fake trailer for the then-fictional film "Machete" at the beginning, which gained so much popularity that it was turned into a real film.
"Planet Terror" will not be everyone's cup of tea, and there will be many people saying that this movie is not good because of its cheap look, but it is exactly what "Grindhouse" is: Exploitation fun at its best!
(SPOILERS may follow:)
"Planet Terror" is a zombie movie. And you get what to expect from a zombie movie: bodies being torn apart or ripped open, there are some scenes featuring organs. Some of these scenes are more detailed, while other are done in rapid cuts. There are two scenes featuring exploding heads, one time a human is unexpectedly shot in the head and it explodes the other time the female protagonist shoots a Zombie's head into a pieces towards the end. A helicopter's propeller chops up several zombies. Several people are shot with much blood spurting from the wounds in an extreme amount. A man is castrated against his will, we don't see the impact, but we see one of his bloody, graphic testicles on the floor (rather disgusting than disturbing). A rapist is poked into the eye with a wooden stick, teh stick breaks up and is stuck in his eye. He then gets infected and his penis melts on-screen (it does not exactly look like a penis, but see a viscous substance where his penis is used to be), then a needle is shot into his eye, until he completely melts into a zombie, before he vomits out tentacles (this scene is rather disgusting than shocking, or very comical). The protagonist's leg is ripped off by the zombies (we see the afterwards). A dog is run over by a car, a boy accidentally shoots himself. It is hard to write down everything because there is so much violence.
The movie starts with a lapdance scene, but it is not too graphic, even though lasting for the entire opening credits. Later, there is a sex scene between the two protagonists. There is no pubic area or breasts, but thrusting and moaning (it can be compared to the sex scene in "The Terminator"). A man attempts to rape a woman, but gets killed in a very graphic way before anything happens (the penis melting scene mentioned above).
There are several uses of the f-word, as well as some milder profanity.
In the "Machete" trailer we see people getting shot with spurting blood, and two topless women.
Even though having many inappropriate scenes of violence, sex and language, it is so over-the-top that it is okay for mature teens.
Also, unliek many other zombie movies, "Planet Terror" is not meant to frighten or shock, but to entertain. It is very action-ish and rough, due to its high stylization, it is not too intense. It should be okay for audiences 16 and up, that understand its tongue-in-cheek character. But you should be expecting rather graphic violence.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness