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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…
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.
Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino double feature is a brilliant, gory, funny and enjoyable thrill ride with an awesome cast - Josh Brolin, Michael Biehn, Rosario Dawson, Rose McGowan, Bruce Willis & Kurt Russell. So sit back relax, grab a beer and embrace the trashy double-bill.
After almost 10 years, I still admire Tarantino and Rodriguez for pulling off such an audacious stunt (Deathproof reference intended). I didn't catch it on the big screen, but watch the original dvd release a couple of times early on, and also have seen the subsequent individual movie releases a few times over the years. (I mean, you at lease must own the full length version of Death Proof, if only for the "lost reel" of Rosario Dawson's lap dance.) It was time to re-watch the original 191 minute release.
What a fun experience. The Blu-ray release has a special feature that includes an audience response track, and it's great to have that kind of experience watching it at home.…
I watched this on Region B Blu-Ray.
Such an event as this will never happen again. Not only because it bombed rather heavily and a few people involved have come out against it in the last few years, but that it was such a moment to homage a genre of cinema with powerhouses such as Rodriguez and Tarantino, I very much doubt anyone could get close to beating it.
Not many people ever got the chance to see this spectacle either in the cinema or on home video. After its initial release it bombed so heavily both films with were repackaged and brought out separately to deal with damage control. They had such balls to try pull this off and…
Tanto un ejercicio de cine y fanatismo como una película de cine B, Grindhouse es tan dispar como entretenida. Uno de esos placeres culpables.
Mike and Dave's Scavenger Hunt, Vol. 1! #7: Pick a movie you would play on a regular basis if you owned a movie theater (letterboxd.com/michaeleternity/list/mike-and-daves-scavenger-hunt-vol-1/)
Too meta for this prompt? Seeing the full "Grindhouse" extravaganza back in 2007 is still one of my favorite theater-going memories. It was a lavishly trashy and supremely hilarious ode to our collective love of cinema. Not the fine dining of Criterion-worthy titles, either, but the lowdown dirty B-movies that usually kick-start a lifelong devotion to the medium. Nobody starts off watching "Citizen Kane" and "2001", but rather whatever's available at the local theater or video store (or uh Netflix recommendations? Is that the modern equivalent?), the ones with the coolest posters and the smallest…
4 stars for planet terror , 3 for deathproof
This was so rad I watched it a second time in theaters. I was 18 at the time and the AMC wouldn't let me accompany my friend and his sister to watch Hot Fuzz because they were 16 and 15. We ended up going to the hip local theater and watched this waaaaay more violent film. I wish the Blu-Ray releases had all those trailers and stuff. Maybe Roth will actually make Thanksgiving.
Why am I not talking about the actual movie much?
It was good.
It's amazing how something can end up being so much more than the sum of its parts. Taken individually, I'd say I only like half of the trailers here and while I love Death Proof, the relentless stupidity of Planet Terror wears on me at times. And yet, by packing all of these segments into one continuous double feature, Tarantino and Rodriguez achieve a sense of immersion more potent than any other film of this millennium. Grindhouse is a portal, warping audiences into a time where blood was cheap and movie tickets were cheaper. Apart from a few meta moments that are a wee bit too self-satisfied, the journey back in time is absolute. When viewing both films and every…
So, I’m sorta cheating on this one when it comes to reviewing Tarantino’s next film. Seeing how his fifth film, technically has a second part to it, but there’s also another director who is involved, and that’s Robert Rodriguez. Apparently, Rodriguez and Tarantino were known for co-directing two films together, the first film that Rodriguez directed is a film known as Planet Terror, and the second film that Tarantino directed was Death Proof. But there was a theatrical release where it contained both films together, as well as some interesting made up trailers that were created, that release is appropriately known as Grindhouse. Now for those of you who don’t know, a grindhouse film is an American term for a…
Grindhouse isn't really just a double-feature of films. It is a cinematic experience, especially for audiences who don't know what watching a B-movie double-feature at a 'grindhouse' theatre feels/felt like.
The ideas and plots of both films are ridiculously OTT and the aesthetic and style of both films is very endearing. There aren't too many of these around, which is plenty-a-pleasing.
Pretty self-explanatory question, but one I find very interesting.
Which film made you love film? What movie ignited your love…
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