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'''''Planet Terror''''' is the more action-oriented half of ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}''. A 2007 Creator/RobertRodriguez film in which a military transaction goes awry and an experimental poison gas is released on a small town in rural Texas, turning the unsuspecting civilians turn into bloodthirsty zombies. The only people who can stop them are a Go-Go-Dancer with a gun for a leg, her expert gunman ex-boyfriend, a pair of crazy babysitter twins, a [[HeroicBSOD shellshocked]] doctor, a {{Jerkass}} cop, a crusty sheriff, a scientist obsessed with balls, and many other trailer-park freaks from deep in the Heart of Texas.

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!!! "Humanity's last trope...rests on a high-power machine gun":
* AdrenalineMakeover - Dakota
* [[spoiler:AfterTheEnd]]: The epilogue.
* AnArmAndALeg: Cherry.
* AttemptedRape
* BareYourMidriff: The female deputy after the "missing reel"..
* BilingualBonus: "El Wray" is the phonetic English pronunciation of "El Rey"=''The King''. May double as a ShoutOut to Music/ElvisPresley, and as a PunnyName.
* BiTheWay: Dakota Block, who is married to a male doctor, but has a lesbian lover on the side and seems attracted to Cherry Darling.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:DC-2 spreads around the world and no one has any way of finding a cure but Cherry is leading survivors to humanity's last foothold on the Mexican coast]].
* BodyHorror: By the buckets.
* BondOneLiner
* BoomHeadshot: Poor, poor Abby.
** Muldoon says he delivered one to OsamaBinLaden, along with a shot to the chest. Back in 2007, it was kinda funny; in 2011, it became ''[[HilariousInHindsight really]]'' funny because that's how bin Laden really died.
* BrainFood: The zombie-like mutants eat Fergie's brain, prompting the gag "Looks like we've got a no-brainer." Similarly, a repeated line throughout the film is "I'm gonna eat your brain and gain your knowledge," first said as a small boy is playing with his action figures, although by the time Josh Brolin starts saying it, it gets creepy/hilarious.
* BuryYourGays: Tammi is Dakota's lesbian lover on the sly, and ends up getting eaten by zombies.
* TheCastShowOff: MarleyShelton has hyper-flexible wrists. This came in [[{{Pun}} ''real'' handy.]]
* CatchPhrase:
** "I never miss."
** "Best in Texas."
** "Two against the world, baby."
** "[[BrainFood I'm gonna eat your brains and gain your knowledge."]]
* ClusterFBomb: Cherry unleashes a choice one at El Wray.
* CombatStilettos - Cherry, on her good leg.
* DeliberatelyCuteChild - Played by Robert Rodriguez' son, Rebel. Sadly, [[spoiler: InfantImmortality is averted.]]
* EverythingIsBetterWithExplosions: The sheriff's car even [[MadeOfExplodium explodes spontaneously]] for no reason whatsoever.
** [[BadassTransplant Also, the entire end of the film when it comes to a new leg replacement.]]
* EverythingIsBigInTexas
* ExactWords: J.T. mentions that never will his brother share his BBQ recipe, even if he is dying in his brother's arms. [[spoiler: When they are both mortally wounded, J.T. shares his recipe and his brother dies in ''his'' arms.]]
* ExplosionPropulsion
* EyeScream
* [[spoiler: FakingTheDead: JT, with sausage. PlayedForLaughs]]
* {{Fingore}} - Poor, poor Dakota Block.
* ForScience: Abby.
-->''"Science comes first but business comes a close fucking seconds."''
* FourEyesZeroSoul - Dr. William Block. And keep in mind, [[spoiler: that was ''before'' he was turned into a zombie.]] You gotta admit, those specs look good though.
* GatlingGood
* GirlOnGirlIsHot - "Goddamnit, girls. If you're gonna do that, do it on stage!"
* GodzillaThreshold: In the wake of the sicko outbreak, the police force breaks out the "All or Nothing" box, which involves giving everyone a badge, a gun, and a deputy rank. Though they ''still'' won't let El Wray use a gun.
* {{Gorn}}
* GroinAttack: Abby seems fond of them, cutting off people's balls and keeping them in a jar. And the rapist soldier's testicles actually melt off.
* HerBoyfriendsJacket: Cherry wears El Ray's leather jacket, much to his chargrin since she left him and he was searching for it for months.
* {{Homage}}: The action may be all Robert Rodriguez, but the horror suspense elements, down to the synthesizer music, is pure Creator/JohnCarpenter.
* InfantImmortality - Averted, in one of the film's only genuinely horrific scenes. Creator/RobertRodriguez said he used his own kid, [[AwesomeMcCoolName Rebel]], as Tony because he didn't want to 'kill' anyone else's kid.' He also made a less-violent cut of the film where Tony survives the movie for Rebel to watch.
* IronicEcho
** "I'm gonna eat your brain and gain your knowledge."
** "It's go-go, not cry-cry"
** "No dead bodies for Da-Da tonight."
*** "What did I tell you, Tony? [[spoiler: Don't point the gun at yourself.]] Didn't I tell you that?"
* LegCannon: Cherry Darling had her leg eaten by zombies, and replaced it with an M-4 assault rifle, which she used to kick much ass. And then later, she had that replaced with a full-on ''[[GatlingGood minigun]]''. It's a bit ambiguous how she fires it, though, since we never see her reaching down to pull a trigger.
* LostInTransmission - The audience sees "MISSING REEL." During the missing reel, it's implied, we'd have gotten to see Rose [=McGowan=] totally naked, plus the entire plot surrounding Ray's mysterious origins would have been explained. And when the film comes back, ''[[IncendiaryExponent everything's on fire]]'', and we'll never know why. Possibly the best cut in movie history.
** There's a Meta-Gag in there as well. A presumed urban legend (re-told in the novel ''Literature/FightClub'') is that older movies would have their nude scenes cut shorter and shorter as projectionists removed a few choice frames for their collection. Notably, all of the sexier bits seem a lot more grainy, as if they've been watched more than the rest of the film.
* MadeOfPlasticine - ''Everyone'', human and zombie alike.
* MadLibsCatchphrase: "Useless talent # __"
* MaleGaze: In Cherry Darling's go-go dance.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Subverted with Dakota after she [[spoiler: gives her son a loaded gun to defend himself with, only to have him shoot himself in the head. She then starts [[CradlingYourKill cradling the kill]]]] and when her husband shows up, she shrieks blame at ''him'' for it.
* NoNameGiven: We don't really know what Cherry's real name is. "Palomita" was just something Wray gave her.
** Also El Wray's name itself, as per his MysteriousPast.
* NoodleIncident - The "missing reel". Cut to the diner on fire. Sheriff Hague had been shot. Dakota and her father, the babysitters, the go-go dancing club owner and some of the dancers somehow made it there.
* PairTheSpares: Hinted at the end of movie, with [[spoiler:Cherry and Dakota]].
* PantyShot: Cherry gets a lot of these in her opening scene.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: El Wray is just about the shortest person in the whole movie. And yet, many an ass is kicked.
* RatedMForManly
* RecklessGunUsage: Dr. Dakota Block gives a gun to her child, when she leaves him alone in a car. [[spoiler: He shoots himself in the face ([[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace accidentally]] or [[DrivenToSuicide not]]) within a few seconds of her leaving the car.]]
* RocketJump: Cherry does this with her grenade launcher leg. One of the only non-videogame characters to perform this move.
* RuleOfCool
* RunningGag: "Best barbecue in Texas."
* TheSavageSouth: Zombies everywhere in good old Texas!
* SecretIngredient: Throughout the first half of the mfilm, JT tries to find the perfect BBQ sauce recipe. Before he tastes a sample, it gets mixed with some of his blood, leading him to correctly deduce from it that all that was missing was a little bit of salt (since human blood tastes salty).
* SeriousBusiness: Barbecue.
-->'''JT''': ''"No Texan's ever gonna give up his barbecue recipe, and that's a fact! [[spoiler:[[{{Foreshadowing}} I could be bleeding like a stuck pig, I ain't gonna tell ya! I could be dying in your arms, I ain't gonna tell ya!"]]]]''
* {{Sexophone}}: ''Planet Terror'''s opening theme, played over Cherry's go-go dance routine. Later spoofed by the saxophonist playing it in the prison cell.
* ShoutOut: El Wray (El Rey=The King), to Elvis.
* SoleSurvivingScientist: Abby, [[spoiler:or he would have been if he hadn't gotten killed. This is lampshaded in the movie.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Cherry Darling:''' I don't suppose anyone else here is a bio-chemical engineer?]]
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: [[spoiler: Cherry's baby from Wray.]]
* SmokingBarrelBlowout: Requires some flexibility, as it's Cherry blowing on the automatic rifle attached to her leg-stump.
* StakingTheLovedOne: Earl does this to his wife.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Subverted: [[spoiler: The groups' only way of escape is via a helicopter on the other side of a military base filled with zombified soldiers. Abby (Naveen Andrews, aka Sayid from ''Series/{{Lost}}'') sternly says "Follow me!"; the music starts pumping, you think you're in for the [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment of Awesome]]... and as soon as he peers around the corner, [[RealityEnsues his head gets blown to pieces.]]]]
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverKill: [[spoiler: The Rapist (played by Tarantino) tries to have his way with Cherry. He is smashed over the head with a table leg, impaled in the eye by the leg's broken end, has his privates melt off from the infection taking over him, has a syringe launched into his other eye, melts into an inhuman monster, pukes up his guts, then finally is ''shot in the crotch with a grenade launcher''.]] Good grief.
** Possibly justified, since RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil.
* TookALevelInBadass: Cherry in a big way.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Muldoon just wanted to find a cure for himself and his men. Wray acknowledges this by saluting Muldoon for his service to his country, just before shooting him.]]
* WomanInWhite: Cherry in the ending.
* WordOfDante: The vehicles driven by the undead U.S soldiers are emblazoned with "UNIT 31" so maybe that's the name of their regiment. It hasn't been stated otherwise.
* UnusualWeaponMounting: Gun for a leg, anyone?
* YourMakeupIsRunning
* ZombieApocalypse
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