An exploitation film homage, made better by its brilliant double feature debut, along side some of the most renowned "flick-makers" there are, Planet Terror excels in what it's trying to do. Over-the-top action, smart gore and violence, hot babes, catchphrases a plenty, and even some surprising angle shots choices made by Rodriguez. Characters are somewhat bland, not that the movie needs the complexity.
After seeing Tarantino's self-indulgent Deathproof, I didn't expect to love Rodriguez's Grindhouse contribution as much as I did. The amazing camerawork (especially when the zombies were standing outside the steakhouse), ickiness (eating while watching was the worst idea), great atmosphere, and sleaze just dripping everywhere completely drew me in. Nasty excess and loads of cringey moments, but I loved it!
As far as pastiches go, this has some vibrant touches technically & artistically plus references the most notable aspects of the 60s B-movie/sexploitation/schlock horror era. The problem here really is Rodriguez who is the kind of director who you can imagine jacks off to how great he thinks he is. His aesthetic is pure excess but, 70% of the time, in a clumsy, nasty, pervy, unnecessary way that clouds the potential.
Highly stylized, over the top action/horror film. It definitely has some interesting and cool characters and moments, bogged down by boring and weak parts. Not sure to what extent Tarantino was involved in Planet Terror (or if he was involved at all?) but it has that moments of madness typical to Tarantino movies :)
Summarizes quite neatly, in good humour of course, everything to dislike about horror films: the fact that they are more silly than scary, that slow zombies are pointless, and that there's only so much you can do when your plot devices are limited to "Aaargh!", "Aaaaaaargh!" and "Ruuuuun!" So if you watch it for that, it's quite fun. If you want more substance, you should go to the Cabin in the Woods...
Hmm, it's not that it's a 'bad' film - I actually really love the concept, and how OTT it is, but a film like this (if you can say 'a film like this' about this) can only work with a good dose of humur, and sadly I think this just isn't funny enough. There are great moments, but the whole is a bit flat. It succeeded on being gross, even in some scares, but not on the laughs Im afraid.