Artist: "Robert Rodriguez"
Album: "Grindhouse: Planet Terror"
Genre: Soundtracks
Label: Varese Sarabande

Reviewer: -RoG-
Posted: 9/1/2009

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.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWholeHalf
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

That damn kid
Sep 1st, 2009, 09:19 AM
ugh, YES! Awesome movie and had some awesome music. I agree that death proof is better, it's more satisfying to see annoying girls get killed than Quentin Tarintino's melting zombie dick D:.
Forum Virgin
Sep 1st, 2009, 09:22 AM
So... I finally have met the the OTHER person who enjoyed Death Proof more than Planet Terror (I love them both). In a previous century, we may have been both burned at the stake. Or at least thrown into pond to see if we float.
Jason's a Furry! Run!
Sep 1st, 2009, 02:14 PM
This is a pretty awesome soundtrack, and you are definitely right about RR channeling John Carpenter through this. I thought he actually pulled the guy in to do it himself at one point, making it all the more impressive.

Oh, and you can put me in the Death Proof > Planet Terror camp (but yeah, they're both excellent movies).
The best...around
Sep 1st, 2009, 05:06 PM
I thought Death Proof was the first Tarintino stinker until about the last 30 minutes. The whole beginning of the movie made sense then and really built to the climax. Awesome last half of the movie and ending.
Sep 1st, 2009, 05:27 PM
"Because it was as if Robert Rodriguez had the spirit of John Carpenter running through his veins when he wrote it."

Couldn't put it better myself. That whole movie oozes 70s/80s greatness (and is way better than Death Proof, which my friends hated and I thought was good).

After reading the words Planet Terror soundtrack I immediately got what I'd call the Planet Terror Main Theme caught in my head.
Forum Virgin
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:42 AM
I also prefer Death Proof. It's got more cars & girls to perve on (like Stunutman Mike's sweet '69 Dodge Charger. It's like an evil General Lee).
Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:11 AM
Loved both movies, love both soundtracks.
Tropical Viking
Sep 2nd, 2009, 08:28 PM
Robert Rodriguez soundtracks are ultra-awesome, they fit the movies so well he should get an oscar. And grindhouse was pretty cool, it's sad it kinda tanked. It's the kind of commercial failure that obligates him to shoot retarded kid movies about magic stones of rainbow or whatever to make a living.
The Claw of Justice
Sep 3rd, 2009, 09:42 PM
I still haven't seen this or Death Proof, to my shame. RR is one of my favorite directors. I guess now is as good time as any, since it's Hallowe'en season.

Also, Hugo: Robert Rodriguez's next movie? Machete.
Sep 7th, 2009, 07:44 AM
Is it wrong that I still haven't watched Grindhouse?
Forum Virgin
Sep 7th, 2009, 01:44 PM
Yes. Now go stand in the corner and think about what you haven't done.