Grindhouse

2007

Directed by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez – Written by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez

Starring: Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Josh Brolin, Kurt Russell and Zoe Bell

The Grindhouse double-feature consists of Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Death Proof’ and Robert Rodriquez’s ‘Planet Terror’. Both are a nod back to the old school grindhouse B movies. The feature also came with fake trailers directed by various other people, Eli Roth did ‘Thanksgiving’, Edgar Wright ‘Don’t’, Rob Zombie ‘Werewolf Women of the S.S.’ and Rodriquez also did a trailer for ‘Machete’ – We’ll be coming back to that. Want to give that a second read to make sure you’ve soaked those names up?

Coming out in 2007 it seemed the entire world, including me, missed this gem. Where we were looking I do not know. So this is me, begging everybody to grab this one and do some catching up.

Death Proof:

Tarantino’s contribution is, being honest, not his best work, nor is it the better of the two. But, what this is is one hell of a car movie with the best Tarantino sound track to date. Kurt Russel heads this movie as Stuntman Mike, an aged, sadistic, scar-faced serial killer out to get his kicks from women, making up for his impotence with homicide. As you’d expect from the genre the audience are dealt gruesome murder, Mustangs and Chevrolets in chases as well as all of Stuntman Mike’s victims being very sexy women.

Many watch this film and point out sloppy editing and continuity mistakes, idiots. If you leave the film thinking that then the joke has gone completely over your head, you won’t find the nano-specific dialogue from ‘Pulp Fiction’ because that’s not what this film is about. On paper it sounds strange, Tarantino replicates the amateur style from the 60’s and 70’s in a professional way.

As usual with Tarantino, this is dripping in jokes and references that many will get, but obviously many won’t. If you’re in that niche of loving cult and exploitation cinema then this really is for you. If you’re not, then unless you’re a real devotee of Tarantino’s work then you should probably give this a miss.

Planet Terror:

Rodriquez comes out on top as for which of the two are better. A miss matched band of last survivors try to endure against a horde of zombies whilst also needing to compete against a rogue collection of infected military led by Lt. Muldoon, played by Bruce Willis.

This film is special in that it offers the only decent Tarantino cameo to date, but for also much more. Rose McGowan’s Cherry Darling dons various guns for a leg, there’s a testical collecting scientist, a missing reel, a penis falling off and even a pop at Bin Laden. It has it’s tongue so far in it’s cheek it’s on the verge of puncturing it’s own face. Everyone loves a film that’ll put a few lines in your pocket to quote when the time calls.

I’ve not come across a single person who hasn’t been won over by this films charm, you’re going to be left with a massive grin on your face. I could talk and talk about this film, but I won’t, grab a few friends and shove it on. Enjoy. Write in to say thank you.

Three years later, Rodriquez took his ‘Machete’ trailer and released it as a feature. It’s on a par with ‘Planet Terror’ and is set for a sequel in 2013, plus a third addition some time after looking to head in to space.

Just, come on… What more could you want? Get on it.

10/10

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