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Grindhouse (2007)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Quentin Tarantino

Starring:
Rose McGowan/Cherry
Michael Biehn/Sheriff Hague
Kurt Russell/Stuntman Mike
Rosario Dawson/Abernathy
PLOT-CRUNCH
Chefs Robert Rodriguez & Quentin Tarantino serve up two for one (well in North America anyways) B-Movie plates via Grindhouse. Bobby guns out a wacky, “infected peeps” on the loose opus called Planet Terror while Quent spits out a loony “Kurt Russell” and his hot car vs. yapping dames via Death Proof. Let the grinding begin!
THE LOWDOWN

Ladies, we're gonna have some fun! - Stuntman Mike

I’m a big fan of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. Both gents have put out some freaking celluloid keepers over the years and have acted as stern sources of inspiration for the newest generation of filmmakers. With GRINDHOUSE, these kool duders aimed to bring us back to the good old days of 70s and 80s exploitation action/horror schlock. A time when political correctness was way down in the shitter (where it belongs). Did they succeed at it? Here are my 69 cents!

Planet Terror (Rating 3.5/4):

After Planet Terror came to a close, I wanted to stand up and cheer like a coke fueled cheerleader on coke! Alas I couldn’t because I saw it at a Press screening and they don’t play that game there. So you know what? I’ll do it right now. “Arrow stands” - BRAVO! BRAVO! HOOKERS FOR ALL! BRAVO! Rodriguez so nailed the late 70s and early-mid 80s exploitation jive with his entry resulting in one of the more entertaining flicks of the year thus far! Minor pacing issues aside (middle section); Planet Terror was an absolute blast to sit through! Sexy, raunchy, totally off the wall, out of line (loved that sack of testicules gag), butt-slapping funny and gorier than a butcher at a chicken-coop party, I couldn’t get enough of this cinematic badass!

The film slyly played out its main narrative and gnarly subplots (The Mr Block vs Mrs Block story owned me!) in a tongue in cheek manner, springing off well known 80’s horror/action conventions with glee and razor wit. I was on the freaking floor! The incredible cast in this madhouse thankfully ran with that sweet joo-joo all the way! Rose McGowan was all around class, sass, confidence and sexiness! Cherry was a fantastic character and McGowan wrangled it effortlessly! Think Ripley from ALIENS but hotter than hell and sporting a dangerous yet arousing attitude! I’d kill to see Cherry in her own movie! KILLL! Freddy Rodriguez rocked it too! He had the tough dude and dead pan thing down pat! LOVED HIM!

While the great Michael Biehn… well… lets please have a moment of silence for The Biehn………………… HE SO CAME THROUGH! It was a freaking delight to see The Biehn in freaking hardcore action again! The man kicked butt and took names like no other and his stoic, dead serious performance had me grinning from ear to ear (he really wants that recipe...lol). Add to all that; clever dialogue galore, lots of shit going KABOOM real good, all kinds of well staged action set pieces, an endearing inventive streak (stump-gun rocked), The Fahey (yeah you heard me Jeff F*cking Fahey… nough said) and a winning score that emulated 80s John Carpenter to a T and you get a non-stop rollercoaster ride of splats, tits, guns and giggles! AWESOME! Now this IS a Grindhouse film!

After Rodriguez’ missile to the brain, it was Tarantino’s turn to get a crack at it with Death Proof.

Death Proof (Rating 1.5/4):

I worship pretty much everything that Tarantino has done except for Kill Bill 2 (which under whelmed me) and Jackie Brown (although that one has started to grow on me); so you can imagine my surprise when I swiftly realized that I was loathing Death Proof with a passion. Tarantino’s incredibly self indulgent, painfully redundant and poorly structured segment was akin to watching paint dry on a dead cow. Sorry but witnessing two groups of self absorbed, Ebonics abusing, unrealistic and totally un-likeable chicks yap about NOTHING (like foot massages…its old man) via “gratingly self aware” and macho dialogue (yup these dames talk like dudes) did not equal fun times for me. Hearing them drop the words “bitch” and “motherf*cker” at every second word didn’t help matters either. My trusty back-hand kept wanting to lash out at the screen in retort! HOLD ME BACK MAN!

Yup I zoned out often during this one and kept praying that Kurt Russell would get in there and kill these “sailor on leave’ twats already! Speaking of Russell; the man was tops as per usual and along with one heck of an impressively shot "murders by car-crash" bit and a nifty end car chase (that sadly didn't mean much to me since I didn't give a damn by then) he was pretty much the sole reason to sit through this bore fest. Every time Russell popped onscreen, I breathed a sigh of relief. It meant these phoney broads would stop verbally vomiting garbage for at least a second. The man’s strong charisma and slick hair also helped ease the agony of the whole. Sadly Russell was underused for the most part (he vanishes from the film for like half an hour) and the initial premise that carried so much promise was quickly shot in the foot. I thought I was gonna see a slasher-ish “psycho kills chicks with his car” piñata of fun not a lumbering and profanity laced Tupperware Party!

And to add insult to insult the last block felt forced and dragged like a dead lay. The reversal of roles (you'll see) didn't feel organic and the day I see Kurt “Snake Plissken- Sergeant Todd” Russell reduced to sniveling sissy level by a group of poseur Spicegirls is the day I say F*CK THAT! I guess today is that day, since the film did just that, so… F*CK THAT! Maybe I just didn’t get it, maybe I missed something… but whatever the case; Death Proof is now officially my least favorite Tarantino film of all time.

In between both features we were treated to some faux trailers. Here’s what I thought of them:

Spoof Trailers:

Rodriguez’s Machete was my fav of the lot! You just can’t go wrong with Danny Trejo f*cking people up in an 80’s action style type of effort. I hope Rodriguez gets the feature going because I’M THERE with bells and hand grenades on! Edgar Wright's Don't Scream was amusing for the most part but it stretched its one joke just a little too much if ya ask me. Still a riot though.

Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving was deliciously out of line and the voice over trailer dude was downright hilarious! Every time he name dropped “Thanksgiving” in that deep, low voice, I cracked up! Rob Zombie’s Werewolf Women of the S.S was gnarly in concept but the execution didn’t do much for me. Zombie didn’t capitalize on his Werewolf angle enough and the trailer wasn't all that it could've been.

So there you have it buds and budettes! On the whole; Grindhouse did a stellar job at capturing the feel of old school and shameless fun times. With its scratched and dust filled images and its bodacious missing reels (which somehow added to the experience) I felt like I was back in the 80s! WELCOME TO THE GRINDHOUSE!

GORE
Listing all of the gore gags present in this double feature would result in me writing a BOOK! So I will say this; snipped off balls, hollowed heads, severed limbs, messy gun shot wounds…vicious car mayhem…its freaking grisly…its freaking graphic…its freaking tight. Great job again KNB! You rocked it!
ACTING
Rose McGowan (Cherry) exuded powerful confidence, charm and sensuality. She led Planet Terror like the acting trooper that she is. Impressive performance! Michael Biehn (Sheriff Hague) can do no wrong in my sacred book of great men and here was no different. The man owned the screen and dead panned like the best of them! Another fav of mine; Kurt Russell (Stuntman Mike) was magnetic, charismatic and threatening when given the chance. We needed more Russell!

Josh Brolin (Dr. Block) was freaking on the ball as the low key yet menacing Doc! He was a blast! Marley Shelton (Dr. Dakota Block) gave yet another solid all around showcase. Along with Biehn, the amazing Jeff Fahey (J.T.) stole every scene he was in. I missed that guy! Rosario Dawson (Abernathy) always comes through and was the least annoying of the yapping-dames. Vanessa Ferlito (Arlene) had an aura and cuteness about her that kept my eyes on her…and her big, yummy lips.
T & A
Ample titties? CHECK! Girls making out? CHECK? A little bit of female ass spread about with McGowan being one of the donors? CHECK! A swift beaver shot? CHECK! Arrow freaking happy! DOUBLE CHECK!
DIRECTING
Robert Rodriguez imbued his film with energy, wild shots, style and spooky atmosphere. Quentin Tarantino was a tad more restrained but his shot compositions stood out and when he went buck wild, he went all out! His multi angle, slow mo car crash and his freeze frame madness were a hoot! Great job by both!
SOUNDTRACK
I totally grooved to the old school Planet Terror synthesizer score while the more soul oriented tracks of Death Proof fit the bill but didn’t do much for me (just not my kind of music).
BOTTOM LINE
On the whole, Grindhouse delivered the smutty, gory and un-PC goods with vigor, high wit and a big set of balls. Planet Terror was my main event, the reason for my high rating and was alone worth the good bad-trip. The film constantly succeeded in what it aimed to do, resulting in a buck and a half of trashy, warped and gruesome enjoyment. On the other stab, I so wanted to walk out on Death Proof. The flick aggravated me BIG TIME via its “cussing” Power Puff heroines and left me cold unless Kurt Russell was onscreen doing his thing. It should’ve been all about Russell killing dames with his ride, NOT dames killing me via NAG, NAG, NAG, BLA, BLA, BLA, CLOSE UP ON FEET, YAWN! The faux trailers were mostly pleasant and the stylistic axis towards giving us a full fledge Grindhouse experience mucho successful! It lived up to its hype, Death Proof aside that is. Now give me a feature length version of MACHETE! TREJO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ROCK!
BULL'S EYE
Mickey Rourke was originally going to play "Stuntman Mike". Something happened and Kurt Russell replaced him.

Appearances included: Bruce Willis, Quentin Tarantino, Nicolas Cage, Sybil Danning, Michael Parks (way underused)Tom Savini, Eli Roth, Udo Kier, Sheri Moon Zombie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Bill Moseley and that talent-less hussie who's teaching today's teen girls how to be sluts via her shitty lap-dance music Stacy Ferguson (aka Fergie).

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11:13PM on 11/01/2010

Finally the original version is out on Blu-ray and DVD.

It was nice seeing the original theatrical release of "Grindhouse" on Blu-ray with the trailers playing before "Quentin Tarantino`s Death Proof" started. Although the memorable lap-dance sequence with Kurt Russell and Vanessa Ferlito is only found in the seperate extended release.

"Robert Rodriguez`s Planet Terror" is a lot of fun with over the top gory action sequences, an refreshing sense of humour and an terrific cast.

"Quentin Tarantino`s Death Proof". His movie has an amusing
It was nice seeing the original theatrical release of "Grindhouse" on Blu-ray with the trailers playing before "Quentin Tarantino`s Death Proof" started. Although the memorable lap-dance sequence with Kurt Russell and Vanessa Ferlito is only found in the seperate extended release.

"Robert Rodriguez`s Planet Terror" is a lot of fun with over the top gory action sequences, an refreshing sense of humour and an terrific cast.

"Quentin Tarantino`s Death Proof". His movie has an amusing performance by Kurt Russell, although some critics and audiences hated his performance. Especially when he turns into a sissy, when the womans, he stalks. They fight back! The female cast in Tarantino`s movie are excellent. Not to mention, his well-made action sequences and of course, Tarantino`s terrific dialogue.

At least, the three trailers are back before "Death Proof", which was "Werewolf Woman of the S.S.", "Don`t" and "Thanksgiving".

"Grindhouse" was one of the most underrated movies of 2007. "Grindhouse" was great, when you were watching with an audiences. There was the real magic of this movie is now missing on this release.

But watch "Grindhouse" with your friends, you will have an good time.
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12:58AM on 09/12/2010

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1:30PM on 07/28/2007
I loved everything about "Grindhouse" as it delivered everything you go to the movies for...
"Planet Terror" & "Death Proof" were fantastic, as were the spoof trailers.
this will most definetly b one of my favorite films of the year...
(p.s; how can u call Fergie a talentless hussey?! Everyone loves Fergie! Shes smokin hot, or rather fergalicious...mmm that song...)
I loved everything about "Grindhouse" as it delivered everything you go to the movies for...
"Planet Terror" & "Death Proof" were fantastic, as were the spoof trailers.
this will most definetly b one of my favorite films of the year...
(p.s; how can u call Fergie a talentless hussey?! Everyone loves Fergie! Shes smokin hot, or rather fergalicious...mmm that song...)
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5:23PM on 06/30/2007

Project Terror was worst Movie ever and Death Proof was good

Guys whats goin on why you like that funny and stupid movie "Project Terror" what the hell is Gun doing in her leg LoL, I thin that was worst movie of all time and Death Proof was just a good movie not very impressive.
Guys whats goin on why you like that funny and stupid movie "Project Terror" what the hell is Gun doing in her leg LoL, I thin that was worst movie of all time and Death Proof was just a good movie not very impressive.
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2:25AM on 06/09/2007

Best Flick of 2007

I think that both stories were kick ass in their own ways, and that the trailers rocked too. I've seen it 3 times now...can't wait for the DVD.
I think that both stories were kick ass in their own ways, and that the trailers rocked too. I've seen it 3 times now...can't wait for the DVD.
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11:58PM on 04/13/2007

spot on review

Excellent review, your likes/dislikes are almost completely in synch with my opinions. Not saying that the same opinion warrants a good review, but as per usual, you hit all the points of what made each one good/bad to you without making the reader bored. I actually like Russell's whimpering scene, but other than that... 100% agree!
Excellent review, your likes/dislikes are almost completely in synch with my opinions. Not saying that the same opinion warrants a good review, but as per usual, you hit all the points of what made each one good/bad to you without making the reader bored. I actually like Russell's whimpering scene, but other than that... 100% agree!
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8:15PM on 04/09/2007
Wow. That was one of the most fucking fun experiences I've ever had at the theater. Planet Terror was a fucking riot, and I really liked Death Proof. As others have said, it had a completely different vibe. I admit, it did bore me at times, but it was worth sitting through entirely for the car chase. And what an ending! XD I hope these guys get together again.
Wow. That was one of the most fucking fun experiences I've ever had at the theater. Planet Terror was a fucking riot, and I really liked Death Proof. As others have said, it had a completely different vibe. I admit, it did bore me at times, but it was worth sitting through entirely for the car chase. And what an ending! XD I hope these guys get together again.
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4:13AM on 04/09/2007
I totally was digging Death Proof. Not every film needs %100 in your face action constantly. Planet Terror gave us that. I thought it was so reeking of awesomeness.
I totally was digging Death Proof. Not every film needs %100 in your face action constantly. Planet Terror gave us that. I thought it was so reeking of awesomeness.
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4:13AM on 04/09/2007
I totally was digging Death Proof. Not every film needs %100 in your face action constantly. Planet Terror gave us that. I thought it was so reeking of awesomeness.
I totally was digging Death Proof. Not every film needs %100 in your face action constantly. Planet Terror gave us that. I thought it was so reeking of awesomeness.
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5:00PM on 04/08/2007

Best of the Year thus Far

Grindhouse was more than a movie, but an entire experience. This is what going to the movies should be about- variety, originality and fun!

Project Terror will go down in the books as a Classic Zombie movie- a movie that had it all, from great music, cool characters and enough gore to fill an Olympic Size swimming pool.

The Trailers were fun: Machete and Thanksgiving were awesome, Don't was funny but ran itself out, and Werewolf WOmen of the SS... eh, didn't do anything for me...

And
Grindhouse was more than a movie, but an entire experience. This is what going to the movies should be about- variety, originality and fun!

Project Terror will go down in the books as a Classic Zombie movie- a movie that had it all, from great music, cool characters and enough gore to fill an Olympic Size swimming pool.

The Trailers were fun: Machete and Thanksgiving were awesome, Don't was funny but ran itself out, and Werewolf WOmen of the SS... eh, didn't do anything for me...

And say what you will, but Death Proof was equally as awesome, but for different reasons. Though the dialog dragged on in some places, it created a false sense of security that heightened the terror when it was finally unleashed. Kurt Russell owned, and so did Zoe Bell. Plus, I'm gonna say it straight up, but the car chase scene in the end will go down in history books. Not only that, but DP's ending was one of the most satisfying endings I've seen in awhile. What a way to end it!

I will say that QT should quit acting, as he fucking sucks at it, and stick to directing. That, and Russell should stop doing shit like POSEDIEN and more movies like this. He's the man.

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10:58AM on 04/08/2007
A Valentine to the movies I grew up on and loved. Maybe I'm biased because my fanboy noggin was going nuts playing "spot the movie reference", but Grindhouse was my favorite movie of the year so far. I even enjoyed Death Proof because it reminded me of the Russ Meyer (except there were no large, busty females), Hal Needham and Roger Corman car movies. My only issue with Death Proof was it being billed as a "slasher with a car" movie, where I saw it as a damn good car chase movie with some good
A Valentine to the movies I grew up on and loved. Maybe I'm biased because my fanboy noggin was going nuts playing "spot the movie reference", but Grindhouse was my favorite movie of the year so far. I even enjoyed Death Proof because it reminded me of the Russ Meyer (except there were no large, busty females), Hal Needham and Roger Corman car movies. My only issue with Death Proof was it being billed as a "slasher with a car" movie, where I saw it as a damn good car chase movie with some good action set pieces. I just can't decide if Tarantino purposely had the long, endless dialog like a lot of the car movies of the 70's (for the sake of paddding between action set pieces)or he fell into his "I'm king of dialog" trap.
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9:12PM on 04/07/2007

A classic

I hadn't been to a movie theater in over two years. It took a QT/RR homage to the schlocky 70s/80s films they love to draw me back in - and I LOVED every second of it. I agree with everything Arrow said (including his ranking of the trailers) except for his review of Death Proof. I found it to be a nice change of pace from the frenetic pace found in Planet Terror. Sure there were moments were I thought it could have been edited town a touch, but that car chase that lasted during the last 20
I hadn't been to a movie theater in over two years. It took a QT/RR homage to the schlocky 70s/80s films they love to draw me back in - and I LOVED every second of it. I agree with everything Arrow said (including his ranking of the trailers) except for his review of Death Proof. I found it to be a nice change of pace from the frenetic pace found in Planet Terror. Sure there were moments were I thought it could have been edited town a touch, but that car chase that lasted during the last 20 or so minutes of the film was out-freakin-standing. Seeing Stuntman Mike grinding up against the gals' car with Zoe straddling the hood was one coolest things I've seen in a film in a while. NO CGI! What can I say? I know it was very different from the vibe of Planet Terror and even the fake trailers, but not all low budget/"grindhouse" films from the '70s revolved around gore and horror. Some were just excuses to put a badass car chase scene on film and wreck some muscle cars. The only bad thing about Grindhouse? Since my lady was nice enough to go with me, and she absolutely despised it (nearly made her sick), I owe her big. I'm not sure... but I think I owe her oral pleasure.
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4:49PM on 04/07/2007

Death Proof

I completely agree about Death proof. If this hadn't been a movie called that, directed by QT, would ANY of us want to sit through that horrible nonsense? Ugh, some of the worst dialogue I've heard in a major motion picture in a LOOONG time (Kurt Russell was great tho).
I completely agree about Death proof. If this hadn't been a movie called that, directed by QT, would ANY of us want to sit through that horrible nonsense? Ugh, some of the worst dialogue I've heard in a major motion picture in a LOOONG time (Kurt Russell was great tho).
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9:27AM on 04/07/2007

Grindhouse

I Agree with arrow completely until it comes to Death Proof. Death Proof to me was the best part of the movie, there was death, suspenseful car chases, characters I care about, and revenge. It was the best part of Grindhouse for me and I hope more movies will be made like it in the future. For my thoughts on Planet Terror just read Arrows cuz its word for words what I was thinking. The fake trailers, i loved Machete and THanksgiving, thought Don't and WW of the SS was okay but i was expecting a
I Agree with arrow completely until it comes to Death Proof. Death Proof to me was the best part of the movie, there was death, suspenseful car chases, characters I care about, and revenge. It was the best part of Grindhouse for me and I hope more movies will be made like it in the future. For my thoughts on Planet Terror just read Arrows cuz its word for words what I was thinking. The fake trailers, i loved Machete and THanksgiving, thought Don't and WW of the SS was okay but i was expecting a lot more out of it.
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