Artist: "Robert Rodriguez"
Album: "Grindhouse: Planet Terror"
Label: Varese Sarabande
Review: While I realize I'm in the minority when I say I enjoyed the film "Death Proof" more than "Planet Terror" (I loved both of them, mind you), the one thing I definitely thought Planet Terror did better was its soundtrack. Granted, Death Proof was a great soundtrack that fit the movie perfectly, but the Planet Terror one was even more impressive. Why? Because it was as if Robert Rodriguez had the spirit of John Carpenter running through his veins when he wrote it.
Mostly instrumental, you'll find that many of the sounds in the Planet Terror soundtrack are practically indistinguishable from ones found in horror movies 20-30 years ago. If you hadn't seen the film and heard a track like, "Her Prescription... Pain", you'd swear it came straight out of the eighties. Rodriguez relies heavily on synthesizers and ambient sounds which ultimately creates the perfect atmosphere for his over-the-top splatterfest of a film.
It's not all synth, however. In addition to some fantastically gritty work by Chingon (who fans of Rodriguez probably remember from his other films), there are some modern driving metal tracks that hit like a sledgehammer. Rose McGowan even tosses her voice into the mix as well on "You Belong To Me" and the perfect end track, "Two Against The World".
There are people who try to create throwbacks to the sounds of those old slasher flicks, and those who succeed. Robert Rodriguez definitely belongs in the later category and this huge fan of 70s and 80s horror flicks couldn't be happier about it. He's not only created a great vintage sound, he's blended it perfectly with some killer modern tracks as well.If you're putting together a Halloween playlist, you definitely need to throw some tracks from Planet Terror in there.
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)
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