I can’t remember the last time the title for a film so accurately described the emotion I was feeling while watching. Going in knowing that it was a Robert Rodriguez film, and that it was called “Planet Terror”, I felt like I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. And I was right.
This film is terrifying, more so in the sense that it’s terribly gruesome. And a lot of the terror comes from not knowing when the next even more sickening visual is going to pop out. The film does a pretty good job continuously topping itself in the disgusting department.
“Planet Terror” is about a strange gas that seems to poison people and turn them into walking cannibalistic drones.The gas is leaked into the town and all hell breaks lose. It follows a group of strangers, mostly, as they try and find a way to survive this catastrophe.
It was an entertaining film. Nothing really special though. Mostly geared towards the gross factor which can only really work on the first viewing. Some comedic parts are peppered in and most of those succeed, though some do fail. As expected with a film like this there are a few plot holes, they didn’t really bother me, but what did bother me was I never really got a good sense of what the infected people were like. One minute they’re grabbing people at lightning speed and devouring them in seconds, the next minute they’re super slow not attacking anyone just taking time out to shoot some puss onto people as one of them pops some kind of over sized zit. And that’s not mention the other group of infected who remain completely normal as long as they keep exposing themselves to the gas. Oh wait I just mentioned them.
Best Line: “Don’t shoot yourself. Don’t shoot each other. And especially… don’t shoot me.”
Best Weapon: Machine Gun/Grenade Launcher Prosthetic Leg