Planet Ter­ror ( MA15+)

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DI­REC­TOR Robert Ro­driguez ( Sin City , Spy Kids , Des­per­ado) is noth­ing if not eclec­tic, so if you’ve been yearn­ing for that clas­sic ro­mance meets chem­i­cal war­fare zom­bie gorefest, this one’s for you. Like his some­time col­lab­o­ra­tor Quentin Tarantino, Ro­driguez is a fan of the genre hy­brid, and Planet Ter­ror is his B- movie homage. It blends a lit­tle ro­mance with a lit­tle more hu­mour and plenty of over- the- top schlock vi­o­lence. When a chem­i­cal weapon is un­leashed on a south­ern US town, most of the pop­u­lace mu­tates into flesh- eat­ing zom­bies, and it’s up to a doc­tor, a bio­chemist, a gun­slinger and a go- go dancer to save the world. Rose McGowan is Cherry Dar­ling, a night­club act who, with her bad boy ex- part­ner Wray ( Freddy Ro­driguez), will try to lead a mot­ley crew of sur­vivors to sal­va­tion. Naveen An­drews, Mar­ley Shel­ton, Josh Brolin, Bruce Wil­lis, Tarantino and the Black Eyed Peas’ Stacy Fer­gu­son are just a few of the well- faced cast. This film prob­a­bly most re­calls ( the sec­ond half of) Ro­driguez’s 1996 film From Dusk Till Dawn, with its de­scent into vam­pire bar chaos. In keep­ing with the di­rec­tor’s 1970s hor­ror in­spi­ra­tion, the film print is in­ten­tion­ally grainy, with lines, jump cuts, ir­reg­u­lar sound and even a wellplaced miss­ing reel. Planet Ter­ror was shown in some cine­mas as part of Grind­house , a dou­ble fea­ture with Tarantino’s Death Proof . It con­tained sev­eral fic­tional film shorts, some of which are in­cluded here. EX­TRAS: An en­tire sec­ond disc of fea­turettes

Sharon Fowler Road­show ( 101 min­utes) $ 34.95

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