YMMV / Planet Terror

  • Angst? What Angst?: Dakota seems to show very little angst over Tony's death, given that she moves on to lusting over Cherry. This one is partially justified by Robert Rodriguez re-cutting an alternate version of the film where Tony survives, so as not to scar his son Rebel.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: The movie's most famous moment is Rose McGowan pole dancing over the opening credits.
  • Broken Base: The fact that Dakota's cheating on her husband makes her hard to root for in some viewers' eyes. The fact that she's a battered wife justifies it in others'.
  • Catharsis Factor: Robert Rodriguez eventually revealed that he cast Rose McGowan as the lead - and an Action Girl at that - is because she told him she'd been blacklisted by the Weinsteins. He then wrote the character played by Quentin Tarantino as a Take That! to Harvey Weinstein - so Cherry fighting off the rapist and kicking ass has become very cathartic once Rose went public about her sexual abuse in Hollywood.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Cherry having her leg amputated and having to be given a chair leg at first is played for comedy. Especially the scene where El Wray has to help her out of the hospital and she's wobbling on the chair leg the whole time.
    Wray: Fucking spilt milk!
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Some of the stunts Cherry pulls off can be hard to watch with the knowledge that Rose McGowan severely injured herself while filming.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Bruce Willis's character kills Osama Bin Laden by shooting him in the head. Four years later, he'd be killed in real life the exact same way (but not by Bruce Willis).
    • Dakota flirting with Cherry. Marley Shelton would later star in Scream 4 where her character flirts with Dewey - who is the brother of Rose McGowan's character.
    • In an episode of Charmed Paige (played by Rose McGowan) sighs that she can't dream about someone "like Quentin Tarantino". In her first major project after the show ended, here she kills Tarantino.
  • Narm Charm: Dakota's routine with the needles. Robert Rodriguez claimed this was inspired by a real anesthetist he saw once. It's so bizarre and yet so cool.
  • Screwed by the Network: Robert Rodriguez claimed that Harvey Weinstein buried the film out of spite.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Having Planet Terror open Grindhouse has made fans feel this way. As it's so action packed and full of Gorn, Death Proof's slow pace is harder to live up to. Some fans prefer to watch Death Proof first; it helps that it chronologically takes place before Planet Terror.
  • The Woobie: Dakota is a battered wife whose son dies as a result of her leaving him alone with a gun. That's not to mention her lover Tammy gets killed by the zombies before she can reach town.