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Quentin Tarantino cites Death Proof as his worst film to date

Nov. 29, 2012by: Ike Oden

Oscar season doesn't usually dovetail with the world of horror... unless Quentin Tarantino is in the mix. In a THR roundtable interview focusing on the award-season's "contenders," Tarantino cited his half of the GRINDHOUSE double feature, DEATH PROOF, as his one directorial screw-up to date:

"I’m really well versed on a lot of directors’ careers, you know, and when you look at those last five films when they were past it, when they were too old, and they’re really out of touch with the times... To me, it’s all about my filmography, and I want to go out with a terrific filmography. Death Proof has got to be the worst movie I ever make. And for a left-handed movie, that wasn’t so bad, all right? -- so if that’s the worst I ever get, I’m good. But I do think one of those out-of-touch, old, limp, flaccid-dick movies costs you three good movies as far as your rating is concerned."

Though DEATH PROOF has its major supporters (myself included), Tarantino's opinion seems to jibe well with that of most moviegoers and horror fans. As an event movie GRINDHOUSE was fun, but people were really expecting DEATH PROOF to be more KILL BILL or FROM DUSK TILL DAWN than French New Wave and Brian De Palma. What do you think? Is the car chase/slasher hybrid really Tarantino's worst movie? Check out the video below for his full soundbite and feel free to chime in with your opinion of DEATH PROOF.

Extra Tidbit: I say his work on FOUR ROOMS is probably his worst. Ironically, it's the best segment of that film...
Source: THR

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10:48AM on 11/29/2012
I don't think he's calling it a screw-up... I think he's just saying it was tongue-in-cheek, an intentional throwback to bad movies. He's proclaiming that if a throwback to bad films is his weakest work, that's pretty good, and I agree.
I don't think he's calling it a screw-up... I think he's just saying it was tongue-in-cheek, an intentional throwback to bad movies. He's proclaiming that if a throwback to bad films is his weakest work, that's pretty good, and I agree.
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11:00AM on 11/29/2012

He is correct...

Death Proof is by far his worst gig
Death Proof is by far his worst gig
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2:27PM on 11/29/2012
I love Death Proof but I can see how it could be considered his worst film... BUT if it is his worst film, that is pretty good because it, in itself, is a great film. I enjoy how he twisted the expectations of gender norms of evil man vs. damsels in distress. The conclusion, and what leads up to it, was amazing in my opinion.
I love Death Proof but I can see how it could be considered his worst film... BUT if it is his worst film, that is pretty good because it, in itself, is a great film. I enjoy how he twisted the expectations of gender norms of evil man vs. damsels in distress. The conclusion, and what leads up to it, was amazing in my opinion.
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6:00PM on 11/29/2012
I am another Death Proof fan. Most posters are in this Spitting Bullets section and on AITH's FB page. However, I do dislike Death Proof in one way. Tarantino is a master with dialogue. However, there is too much goddam dialogue for too goddam long in Death Proof. In this car-killer feature, keep the action moving. The verbosity made Death Proof less than the movie could have been. So, as basic advice goes, less is sometimes more. However, did Death Proof kick ass? Do I love re-watching Mike
I am another Death Proof fan. Most posters are in this Spitting Bullets section and on AITH's FB page. However, I do dislike Death Proof in one way. Tarantino is a master with dialogue. However, there is too much goddam dialogue for too goddam long in Death Proof. In this car-killer feature, keep the action moving. The verbosity made Death Proof less than the movie could have been. So, as basic advice goes, less is sometimes more. However, did Death Proof kick ass? Do I love re-watching Mike and the girls? Do I love analyzing the film (e.g. Mike symbolically "fucking" young women with his car)? Do I agree with Tarantino's Spike Awards ejaculation "Was that a fucken carcrash or what?"? Yes, yes, yes, yes.
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9:54PM on 11/30/2012

At least, he is honest.

I do like "Death Proof" but it is certainly his worst work. I felt the last act was some of Tarantino's best work behind the camera. I do love "Jackie Brown",it started to grow on me, the more i watch it, the more i love it.
I do like "Death Proof" but it is certainly his worst work. I felt the last act was some of Tarantino's best work behind the camera. I do love "Jackie Brown",it started to grow on me, the more i watch it, the more i love it.
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10:18PM on 11/30/2012
Is it weird to say that Death Proof is one of my favorite QT movies?
Is it weird to say that Death Proof is one of my favorite QT movies?
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10:20PM on 11/30/2012
Double post.
Double post.
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2:46AM on 12/01/2012
Its his weakest film for two reasons. One, by its nature its incomplete...its one half of Grindhouse and demands to be viewed together with Planet Terror and all the other goodness that completes the experience. To put only Death Proof on DVD makes only mildly more sense than just putting the QT segment of 'Four Rooms' on DVD. And I'll be the first to admit the scenes added for the non-Grindhouse cut of the flick (basically everything in black and white) add nothing and for the most part
Its his weakest film for two reasons. One, by its nature its incomplete...its one half of Grindhouse and demands to be viewed together with Planet Terror and all the other goodness that completes the experience. To put only Death Proof on DVD makes only mildly more sense than just putting the QT segment of 'Four Rooms' on DVD. And I'll be the first to admit the scenes added for the non-Grindhouse cut of the flick (basically everything in black and white) add nothing and for the most part stop the movie dead.

Two, unless you are already a major QT fan it'd probably be impossible to connect to it. It ain't a gateway drug like Pulp Fiction. Its that crazy German heroin that Eric Stoltz was peddling. So yeah...I fucking love Death Proof.

Still, you could do worse than have your weakest film feature one of the greatest car chases in cinematic history. And Mary Elizabeth Winstead bending over in a cheerleader outfit (sole highlight of the added scenes.)

And yeah, ditto Jackie Brown as my favorite QT flick. Though 'Basterds' has been creeping closer every time I watch it.
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4:58AM on 12/01/2012
I think Death Proof is his weakest film, but I still like it. If it's his worst movie when his career is all said and done, then it'll be safe to say that he had a pretty solid career.
I think Death Proof is his weakest film, but I still like it. If it's his worst movie when his career is all said and done, then it'll be safe to say that he had a pretty solid career.
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2:22AM on 12/02/2012
I dont think he should be so hard on himself. I really enjoyed death proof. I thought it was way better than planet terror. The leg gun was pretty sweet though.
I dont think he should be so hard on himself. I really enjoyed death proof. I thought it was way better than planet terror. The leg gun was pretty sweet though.
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