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Grindhouse (2007)

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Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's homage to exploitation double features in the 60s and 70s with two back-to-back cult films that include previews of coming attractions between them.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... Stuntman Mike (segment "Death Proof")
Zoë Bell ... Zoë Bell (segment "Death Proof") (as Zoe Bell)
Rosario Dawson ... Abernathy (segment "Death Proof")
Vanessa Ferlito ... Butterfly (segment "Death Proof")
Sydney Tamiia Poitier ... Jungle Julia (segment "Death Proof")
Tracie Thoms ... Kim (segment "Death Proof")
Rose McGowan ... Pam (segment "Death Proof") / Cherry (segment "Planet Terror")
Jordan Ladd ... Shanna (segment "Death Proof") / Judy (segment "Thanksgiving")
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Lee (segment "Death Proof")
Quentin Tarantino ... Warren (segment "Death Proof") / Rapist #1 (segment "Planet Terror")
Marcy Harriell ... Marcy (segment "Death Proof")
Eli Roth ... Dov (segment "Death Proof") / Tucker (segment "Thanksgiving")
Omar Doom ... Nate (segment "Death Proof")
Michael Bacall ... Omar (segment "Death Proof")
Monica Staggs ... Lanna Frank (segment "Death Proof")
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A double-bill of thrillers that recall both filmmakers' favorite exploitation films. "Grindhouse" (a downtown movie theater in disrepair since its glory days as a movie palace known for "grinding out" non-stop double-bill programs of B-movies) is presented as one full-length feature comprised of two individual films helmed separately by each director. "Death Proof," is a rip-roaring slasher flick where the killer pursues his victims with a car rather than a knife, while "Planet Terror" shows us a view of the world in the midst of a zombie outbreak. The films are joined together by clever faux trailers that recall the '50s exploitation drive-in classics. Written by alfiehitchie

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The sleaze-filled saga of an exploitation double feature. See more »

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Rated R for strong graphic bloody violence and gore, pervasive language, some sexuality, nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

TFM [France] | West Video [Russia]

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USA | Canada

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

6 April 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grind House See more »

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Budget:

$53,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,596,613, 6 April 2007

Gross USA:

$25,031,037
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Stuntman Mike: Do I frighten you?
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A Tale of Two Movies
7 April 2007 | by CrassActionHeroSee all my reviews

Grindhouse(2007)

Review 1: Planet Terror(2007) Welcome to the Grindhouse. We start off with an excellent and extremely funny "trailer". This is brilliant stuff. "Machete." You will laugh, you will enjoy the B-movie magic. This is filled to the top with cheese and including the silly voice-over to go. It's a hoot.

Planet Terror is on. We see retro movie intros with the misspelled words and low budget sound. It's all so well done. Anyway, Planet Terror is the next wave of zombie horror. This movie delivers all the goods and then some. We get all kinds of extreme violence and B-movie humor. This movie takes it all the way with the violence! We also have a terrific cast. The story is actually pretty good.

Michael Biehn is great as the Sheriff Hague. We also get Rose McGowan as a former stripper. The scenes at the hospital are incredible. When Quentin Tarantino shows up, this can be the most original zombie scene ever! It's grotesque, but you will be in total shock! The movie has an age feel to it and is treated well. We have the old looking film reel to the burnouts and missing scenes too.

Planet Terror is an amazing tribute. This is one of the BEST zombie movies I have ever seen! Now for a treat. We get a few more rather hilarious and twisted movie trailers. Let me just say is that Eli Roth is twisted. These trailers are a hoot. Damn they are funny. Shlock value guaranteed. Be sure to look out for a surprise appearance that NOBODY will see coming! Now for the Tarantino.

Death Proof(2007)

Review 2: After an amazing first half we get a rather lackluster second. Hear me out, Kurt Russel is Stuntman Mike. He is homicidal and bad to the core. I found him to be one of the most likable villains ever. That's a plus. Also Death Proof has some unique kill sequences by Stuntman Mike that are well done and are satisfying. Russel is fantastic as the devil behind the wheel.

However, Death Proof has many weaknesses. First is the inane and annoying girl-chat that goes on for what seems like an eternity. Worse yet, this has almost NOTHING to do with the movie! Second, the film does not have the old feel of the previous movie. Third, the heroines of the movie are just plain annoying. I, for the life of me got bored and frustrated with the girl chat and could not root for these girls. The second batch of girls were incredibly annoying.

This is too bad as Death Proof has some really well done stunt work and a nice car chase scene. The revenge chase was lame though, due to the driver constantly cursing trying to be a bad ass at every conceivable moment to the point of hideous. Tarantino should have given Russel A lot more screen time as Stuntman Mike and less to the ladies. I found myself rooting for Stuntman Mike. I felt the ending was well.....unsatisfying is an overstatement. I felt ripped off.

So, we got a tale of two movies. One a success and the other a massive letdown, despite a few cool scenes. This is a fitting tribute to the days long past, but Tarantino just did not deliver.

The Last Word: Stay for Planet Terror and the trailers. Death Proof start off right, but hits a crash landing. Watching Death Proof is for the VERY patient. Trust me.


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