PLANET TERROR (2007)

In Rodriguez’s “Planet Terror,” two doctors find their graveyard shift inundated with townspeople ravaged by sores. Among the wounded is Cherry, a dancer whose leg was ripped from her body. As the invalids quickly become enraged aggressors, Cherry and her ex-boyfriend Wray lead a team of accidental warriors into the night. Robert Rodriguez specifically wrote the part of Dakota for Marley Shelton after working with her on Sin City. Robert Rodriguez wrote the first 30 pages of the script for Planet Terror back in 1998. The original title for Planet Terror was “Project Terror”. John Carpenter, who composes the scores to his own films, was originally chosen to compose the score to Planet Terror. Robert Rodriguez ended up taking over the job as composer instead, though excerpts from Carpenter’s Escape from New York score would appear throughout the film. While on set, Robert Rodriguez would play the soundtracks for Escape from New York and The Thing to set the mood for the movie. Rose McGowan has Mysophobia (fear of germs) and had to have the stripper pole sanitized before doing her go-go dance routine. Felix Sabates, who plays Dr. Felix, is in fact a real doctor and is actually director Robert Rodriguez’s personal physician. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen refused to give Josh Brolin an audition for the role of Llewelyn in their movie No Country for Old Men, so he asked director Robert Rodriguez to help him shoot an audition tape while Brolin was filming his Grindhouse segment (Planet Terror) for Rodriguez. Rodriguez shot and Quentin Tarantino directed the tape, which was shot using a $950,000 digital camera. Marley Shelton, who was playing Brolin’s character’s wife in Grindhouse, agreed to read the lines for Llewelyn’s wife Carla Jean (eventually played by Kelly Macdonald). The “machine-gun leg” effect was pulled off by putting a cast on Rose McGowan’s leg to keep it stiff and wrapping green bandage around it. A grey wrap was sometimes used.

 

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