I tried watching "Planet Terror" when it first came out, but I quickly turned it off because I was still on my anti-zombie kick. That anti-zombie kick is finally starting to wean, and I have recently been watching "Blood Drive", another homage to the grindhouse genre, so I decided to give it another shot.
This is an example of a film that is bad, but is obviously bad with love. The purpose of this film is 100% to pay homage to exploitation films. Therefore, it has the same level of bad dialogue, the same level of plot holes, and the same level of ridiculousness. In this case, though, it is actually so bad that it is good. It is so intentionally over-the-top that it is consistently a laugh fest. There are also some homage elements that are really unique, like the missing reel in the film as a throwback to the days of celluloid.
On one level, the production values of the film are very much the same as the writing. The gore is over-the-top and cheesy, the CGI is ridiculous, and the acting is awful. Yet, Rodriguez really manages to emulate the style that he is trying to go for. The cinematography and editing are spot-on, making it look just as if it were a film playing at a second-run house. I really applaud the film for that.
Overall, "Planet Terror" is one of those intentionally bad movies that is actually really fun. The enjoyability factor combined with the ability of the film to emulate the style is why I rated it so high.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: Starz on Demand.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.
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