Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino sat down in 2003 to watch a couple of movies. While Tarantino set up the films, Rodriguez noticed he owned the same poster as Tarantino. That poster was for the grindhouse double feature of Dragstrip Girl and Rock All Night - the sight of this memorabilia led Rodriguez to mention he'd like to make his own double feature. Tarantino flipped out with excitement and the rest is history.

Horror. It's not usually a general associated with game changing soundtracks - tension building strings and periods of silence usually make up the audible output save for a few memorable compositions such as Bernard Hermann's shower scene score from Psycho and Halloween's creepy piano theme. Planet Terror operates in a slightly different sphere to your run of the mill horror flick as it straddles a multitude of transgressive genres as 'grindhouse' movies of old were prone to do.

Scuzzy, sexy, sleazy rock music opens up the movie as Rose McGowan's character Cherry gyrates on stage. The distorted guitars mirror the degraded visuals and the chaotic drums match the choppy camera cuts.

'Cherry's Theme' was composed and the guitar section played by director Robert Rodriguez as was the majority of the film's original score. In one of the few non-original pieces, Rose McGowan sings the 1950s romantic ballad 'You Belong To Me' (A song previously covered in Shrek and Mona Lisa Smile). McGowan also lends her vocals to 'Two Against The World' which soundtracks the film's brilliant and brighter final scene.

Tarantino and Rodriguez have said the double feature is heavily inspired by cult filmmaker John Carpenter. Carpenter is a director who had control over the majority of areas of his movies - in Assault on Precinct 13 and Halloween Carpenter directed, produced, wrote, scoredand acted. Tarantino and Rodriguez's homage to Carpenter comes through in Planet Terror, with an acting role for Tarantino and a job on the score for Rodriguez and his band Chingon.

The gloopy synth sound that permeates much of Carpenter's work (like the theme for Assault on Precinct 13) can be heard in Planet Terror pieces like 'His Prescription...Pain', which mirrors the rising noise and simple melodies found in Carpenter's music.

Repetition is a classic Carpenter trope and comes across in Planet Terror, as the sleazy saxophone riff reoccurs and repeats throughout the soundtrack. This really reinforces the dread and fear and sheer noise of the original theme which represents the onslaught of zombies attacking the film's odd bunch of uninfected people.

Despite a poor box office performance, the film has a cult following and attracted warm reviews with a 77% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It's rare to see this kind of homage created nowadays with such a focus on return on investment but Planet Terror (and Death Proof) are a perfect example of the kind of fun that can be had when directors can have free rein and run wild with their passions.

Oh yeah, Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas is also in Planet Terror, but thankfully she doesn't have a say in the brilliant soundtrack.