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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 testicles, and many other trailer-park freaks from deep in the Heart of Texas.

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!!Humanity's last tropes...resting on a high-power machine gun are:

* AdrenalineMakeover: Dakota goes from meek nurse that suffers several agonizing indignities to a woman that uses a pistol-sized syringe launcher to kill a soldier.
* AfterTheEnd: The epilogue... and it's a big "maybe". On one hand, there's a lot of survivors and life is pretty idyllic for them. On the other hand, there are a ''lot'' of zombies (but if they decompose as fast as the soldiers did, it's a matter of time).
* AnArmAndALeg: Cherry loses a leg pretty early on. Part of her own AdrenalineMakeover is actively weaponizing the improvized prosthetic legs she's given throughout the film.
* AttemptedRape: Guess what [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Rapist]] tries to do to Cherry.
--> '''The Rapist''': ''You gave me [[EyeScream some wood]], now I'm going to give you some wood!''
* BareYourMidriff: The female deputy after the "missing reel." Also, [[MsFanservice Cherry all the way]].
* 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. Infectees' bodies are covered in huge gangrenous pustules. [[spoiler:Also, The Rapist and Lt. Muldoon when they're not inhaling the gas]].
%%* BondOneLiner
* BoomHeadshot: Poor, poor Abby.
** Muldoon says he delivered one to UsefulNotes/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 (first casualty on the film, even!)
* CatchPhrase:
** "I never miss."
** "Best in Texas."
** "Two against the world, baby."
** "[[BrainFood I'm gonna eat your brains and gain your knowledge.]]"
* CelebrityResemblance: One of the evil soldiers (played by Creator/QuentinTarantino) makes a point about how Cherry (Creator/RoseMcGowan) resembles Creator/AvaGardner. He also threatens her that if she continues to look at him with contempt that she "won't look like Ava Gardner no more."
%%* ClusterFBomb: Cherry unleashes a choice one at El Wray.
* ChekhovsSkill: Cherry's impressive flexibility, among other "useless skills" of hers. Lampshaded early on by Dakota saying (while she's talking to Cherry) lthat her dad once told her everything anybody learnt throughout his life would always have a moment where it came useful.
* CombatStilettos: Cherry, on her good leg. She stabs a zombie's eye off with it at one point.
* DeathByCameo: Sure enough, Quentin Tarantino has a few minutes of screentime, in which he suffers a [[CruelAndUnusualDeath gruesome death]]. [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil His character]] had it coming, though.
* DeliberatelyCuteChild: Played by Robert Rodriguez' son, Rebel. Sadly, [[spoiler:InfantImmortality is averted.]]
* EverythingIsBigInTexas: The story not only happens in Texas, J.T.'s CatchPhrase is "best in Texas".
* 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: Cherry performs a live-action "Rocket Jump" with her leg-mounted grenade launcher on the climactic fight.
* EyeScream: Happens ''a lot'', with anything from bullets to knives to chair legs to stilleto heels to needles to zombie goo.
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: JT, with sausage. PlayedForLaughs]]
* {{Fingore}}: Poor, poor Dakota Block.
** Deputy Tolo gets his ring finger bitten off by a zombie. He puts the ring on his middle finger afterwards.
* 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: In the last scene of the film, Cherry has attached a ''minigun'' to her leg stump.
* 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}}: ''Hoo boy''. Any scene with zombies in it is bound to be ''messy''.
* 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 Wray's leather jacket, much to his chagrin 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 few 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.
* InsistentTerminology: Cherry doesn't like being called a "stripper", she refers to herself as a "go-go dancer".
* 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?"
* TheJaywalkingDead: A small caravan of vehicles rips through several zombies, and one unfortunate dog. Also, as a possible subversion of the trope, earlier in the film, El Wray swerves to avoid a man he doesn't know is a zombie, ultimately crashing his car.
* 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 Wray'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.
* LudicrousGibs: When people are shot in this movie, they emit absolutely ridiculous ''explosions'' of blood.
* MadeOfPlasticine: ''Everyone'', human and zombie alike.
* MadLibsCatchphrase: "Useless talent # __"
* MaleGaze: In Cherry Darling's go-go dance. Up until [[spoiler:the film "melts" and the scene becomes missing]], the sex scene with El Wray had plenty of titillation, too.
* 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 ''[[NeverMyFault 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. And El Wray has told them his MysteriousPast, which somehow has made Hague become ''incredibly'' respectful of him ("I knew you were "El Wray", but I didn't thought you were ''that'' "El Wray"") and he has no problem giving him a gun afterwards ("Give him a gun. Give him ''all'' the guns.")
* NotUsingTheZWord: Zombies in this movie are referred to as "sickos."
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: [[spoiler:Zombified soldiers still retain the ability to communicate among themselves and use guns.]]
* PairTheSpares: Hinted at the end of movie, with [[spoiler:[[BiTheWay 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: Zombies, buckets of blood and gore and [[{{Fanservice}} scantily clad]] [[InsistentTerminology go-go dancers]]. It does indeed qualify.
* 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: Zombie films are a dime a plenty, but the moment you have stuff like people mowing them down with a drive-by riding a motorcycle custom-made by Jesse James himself in thanks for an ''incredibly'' awesome BBQ meal and the girl on the back using a ''machine-gun that is an improvised prosthetic leg'' to do said shooting, you know that you're on this territory.
* RunningGag: "Best barbecue in Texas" by J.T. (it swings in and out of being a funny gag because of his feud with Hague).
* TheSavageSouth: Zombies everywhere in good old Texas!
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: When the hospital eventually fills up with patients displaying the [[BodyHorror body-horrific]] symptoms of the disease, Dr. William Block and his co-worker decide it's time to leg it.
--> '''Dr. Felix''': Viral infections. They came pouring in. Some are rapidly developing coliform lesions... highly contagious. What do you think?
--> '''Dr. William Block''': Self preservation comes to mind.
--> '''Dr. Felix''': Yeah, let's get out of here.
* SecretIngredient: Throughout the first half of the film, 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.
* SociopathicSoldier: All of Lt. Muldoon's men, specially the one credited as [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil The Rapist]], played by Quentin Tarantino.
* 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.
* {{Squick}}: InUniverse, the reaction of Cherry, Dr. (Dakota) Block and even a fellow soldier when [[SociopathicSoldier The Rapist]] pulls his pants down and his genitalia begins ''melting into a black sludge''.
* StakingTheLovedOne: Earl does this to his wife. Downplayed with Dr. Block--neither Dakota nor her father Earl loved him by the time they blow him away.
* StuffBlowingUp: 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.]]
* 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.
* TheUnreveal: Due to the missing reel, El Wray's past is never revealed. We never find out why he's not allowed to hold a gun, and we don't know why the sheriff suddenly changed his mind.
* TookALevelInBadass: Cherry in a big way. Goes from potential zombie-fodder moody girl in distress to HandicappedBadass OneWomanArmy that has ''a machine-gun for a fake leg''.
* 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 WhereAreTheyNowEnding, showcasing her new role as protector of those who pilgrimage to the safe zone she and others have made for themselves on the Mexican coast.
* UnusualWeaponMounting: Gun for a leg, anyone?
* YourMakeupIsRunning: Dakota Block's mascara is runny for a good chunk of the film. Justified by her massive crying (because of [[spoiler:her leaving her abusive husband, said husband sticking her hands with anesthetic-filled needles, ''breaking her wrist'', '''her son accidentally blowing his brains out''']]...)
* ZombieApocalypse: Pretty much goes without saying that the gas spread throughout the atmosphere is bad news.
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