"I'm a real messy bitch. A liar. A scammer. I love robbery and fraud. I'm a messy bitch who lives…
A double feature that'll tear you in two!
Two full length feature horror movies written by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez put together as a two film feature. Including fake movie trailers in between both movies.
Take the gun. Careful! That's it. And if anyone comes to the door that isn't me, I want you to shoot them. Okay? I'm not kidding Tony, you shoot them in the head.
What if it's dad?
Especially if it's your dad.
A film like this has all of the necessary ingredients to drive me as far away from it as humanly possible. Way, way, way over-the-top violence, infrequent explicitly graphic nudity, tons of language, and two really cheesy and inconceivable storylines, mixed with equally terrible acting. In addition, the driving rock soundtrack would be so terribly high pitched that it should…
While sitting in Quentin Tarantino's private little home cinema he and Robert Rodriguez had the idea to create a nostalgic Grindhouse ride in form of a cinematic double feature with added fake trailers, local advertisements and even classic age restriction clips on dusty, damaged and sometimes even missing reels. People should feel like they were sitting in a real Grindhouse cinema in the eighties. Some time later "Grindhouse" premiered at local theaters containing "Planet Terror" by Rodriguez and "Death Proof" by Tarantino in slick 90 minute cuts with added trailers by Rob Zombie, Edgar Wright and Eli Roth. Now the problem was: The audience just didn't get it.
Nobody wanted to see two movies in a row, missing the concept…
Ya know, I don't ask for much in this world. But it's been 8 years and there's still no sequel. I like to imagine an alternate reality where this was a massive box office success and we got a new Grindhouse double feature every year. Alas, it was not meant to be.
I would be happy with just one sequel. Just one. Preferably with Nicolas Cage returning as Fu Manchu.
It is interesting to me to think about how much has changed since 2007. I mean, at the time I thought Tarantino was pretty popular, and same for Rodriquez, but this film didn't really wow at the box office, making only 25 million. Fast forward to today, and Tarantino has two major box office hits, and really couldn't be any more popular. Rodriquez has been churning out some really uninspired stuff, but I still bet that if this was released this year, it would have been a huge movie. It is also interesting to think about how much this film influenced the kind of faux b-movie genre, which sadly seems to take more from Planet Terror than it does Death Proof.
This is basically just a round-up of Grindhouse on a whole, including all the magnificent trailers included in the full release. So in the complete Grindhouse edition are five fake trailers from five renowned directors, two of which have already been adapted into films.
Herein, I will give you my take on each of these rather sterling short films. Without further ado;
“This is my bacon! Muhahahahahahaha!”
-Fu Manchu (Nicolas Cage)
(P.S. I’m not too sure if that’s what he says. Mecca? Bedtime? Vision? I don't know.)
Werewolf Women of the S.S.
In Death Camp 13, the Nazi’s form a diabolical plot to create an army of Super Werewolf Soldiers! Starring Udo Kier, Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Mosley and…
The editing is what impresses me most from Grindhouse. It's so on point, it has it's own language, and especially in Death Proof.
Planet Terror has a cool dark colorful look to it and it splatters bright green, red, and/or yellow ooze all over the place. The action and undead plot make it a fun watch. Death Proof has the better script and more interesting characters though, in my opinion, but it also has a unique look to it comparable to Planet Terror's.
I always watch these movies back-to-back to get the full Grindhouse experience. 3 stars for Planet Terror, 4 stars for Death Proof.
Separately the movies are good, and I understand the whole grindhouse/b-movie theme. But together, "Planet Terror" and "Death Proof" just don't fit well together. It's also a trek to watch these two together in a row, I wouldn't mind it if both were good and linked relatively substantially...
But they're not.
That's my review done.
It's alarming how dramatically my opinions have shifted since I first saw this. I used to think Planet Terror was the far superior film, now I can't help but see it for an empty lark. Death Proof used to be that boring movie with all the talking, now it's Tarantino's minor masterpiece.
I love Death Proof but I despise Planet Terror.
This was a well intentioned, semi-fun experiment to bring modern audiences a little bit of the old school double feature experience. While I love authentic grindhouse movies, I thought both these films were pretty dissapointing, especially considering the amount of talent the directors have. I just didn't think Planet Terror was all that great and Death Proof is one of my least favorite QT movies along with The Hateful Eight. I still want to give them both props for trying.
This is not grindhouse, this is not exploitation - at all. Planet Terror is silly, offensively stupid wink-wink garbage and Death Proof is a self-indulgent pile of s**t. Big-name actors, an overabundance of CGI effects and a distinct lack of sleaze - yeah, very "grindhouse", guys. F#####g unbelievable.
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i can't even review planet terror because all i can think about when i watch death proof is why did they leave lee behind WHY
Planet Terror is fun, but I prefer the extended cut of Death Proof.
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A double-feature and collaboration between critically acclaimed directors Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Taratino.
Grindhouse contains films Planet Terror (directed by Rodriguez) and Death Proof (directed by Taratino), as well as fake trailers for Machete, Werewolf Women Of The SS by Rob Zombie, Don't by Edgar Wright, Thanksgiving by Eli Roth, and Hobo With A Shotgun by Canadian filmmakers Jason Eisener, John Davies, and Rob Cotterill. Some of these fake trailers were made into actual movies later on.
As a whole, Grindhouse is a fun throwback to the grindhouse theatres that often featured many exploitation films of the late 70's and 80's. Planet Terror is an action-packed zombie apocalypse flick while Death Proof takes on the slasher genre.
It's too bad that it takes until the last half hour of this 190 minute affair to show us something truly great. I dig the concept, but can see why they don't really market this as a single experience anymore. There's more fun moments to be had, but you definitely have to come to it with the right attitude and a ton of energy.
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