Top 10 Neo-Grindhouse Films

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1. Drive (I) (2011)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama

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78 Metascore

A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks

Votes: 486,187 | Gross: $35.06M

This right here is one of my favorite films ever made. Yes, I know it was only released in 2011, but this is an example of a modern day classic. Some say its overrated or its underrated, or its just down right boring, but it so perfectly captures the style and feel of an 80's action movie with the tone and violence of a 70's exploitation film while still working as its own original story. The characters, the acting, the style, the directing, everything about it is as close to perfect as you can get. This movie doesn't even think of its self as a Grindhouse movie, but it works as one none the less.

2. Death Proof (2007)

Not Rated | 113 min | Action, Thriller

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Two separate sets of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his "death proof" cars to execute his murderous plans.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Kurt Russell, Zoë Bell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito

Votes: 229,406

To me this is Quentin Tarantino's most underrated film next to Jackie Brown. This movie may advertise itself as clearly a Grindhouse film, obviously by the double feature title Grindhouse, but it honestly doesn't play out that way. This is a very dialogue driven film, filled with great characters, concepts, and above all some of the best car chase sequences ever made. Its stand on its own as a great film while still managing to please Grindhouse fans alike.

3. Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

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55 Metascore

A homeless vigilante blows away crooked cops, pedophile Santas, and other scumbags with his trusty pump-action shotgun.

Director: Jason Eisener | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Pasha Ebrahimi, Robb Wells, Brian Downey

Votes: 39,980 | Gross: $0.70M

This almost was my number one. I had to think about it and I came to the conclusion that as amazingly violent, exploitative, creative, and entertaining that Hobo With A Shotgun is, the movie is pretty obviously aware of what it is, not just in the title or the posters, but in the acting, story, and overall concept. Its just so good It has to be this high on the list.

4. Machete (2010)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

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60 Metascore

After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss.

Directors: Ethan Maniquis, Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba

Votes: 175,487 | Gross: $26.59M

The fake trailer could have been enough to satisfy me, but the execution of actually making the movie helped add to the modern Grindhouse universe while still being an excellent entertaining movie. Machete wasn't as obviously out there as Planet Terror, and for that it earns an extra few points.

5. Planet Terror (2007)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

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After an experimental bio-weapon is released, turning thousands into zombie-like creatures, it's up to a rag-tag group of survivors to stop the infected and those behind its release.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodríguez, Josh Brolin, Marley Shelton

Votes: 180,135

Robert Rodriquez hit the nail on the head with this one, this is a Grindhouse movie at its fullest. Its not higher on the list because there's still films in my opinion that did it better without making it so obvious.

6. Hostel (2005)

R | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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55 Metascore

Three backpackers head to a Slovak city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.

Director: Eli Roth | Stars: Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, Eythor Gudjonsson, Barbara Nedeljakova

Votes: 150,844 | Gross: $47.33M

Say what you want about Eli Roth, I think hes this generations Wes Craven. He pushes the limits while still investing you in his characters and stories. I't doesn't seem that way by the looks of things, but the gore comes second in his films. This is an example of a well made slow burn exploitation film.

7. Black Dynamite (2009)

R | 84 min | Action, Comedy

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65 Metascore

Black Dynamite is the greatest African-American action star of the 1970s. When his only brother is killed by The Man it's up to him to find justice.

Director: Scott Sanders | Stars: Michael Jai White, Arsenio Hall, Tommy Davidson, Phyllis Applegate

Votes: 39,380 | Gross: $0.23M

This almost convinced me it came out in the 70's, have to give it props for that.

8. The Devil's Rejects (2005)

R | 107 min | Crime, Horror

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53 Metascore

The murderous, backwoods Firefly family take to the road to escape a vengeful police force which is not afraid of being as ruthless as their target.

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, William Forsythe

Votes: 81,984 | Gross: $17.04M

An example of a modern day horror cult classic.

9. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

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69 Metascore

The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen

Votes: 829,614 | Gross: $70.10M

& Vol. 2. This saga is an epic while still managing to being a very good movie. Its this low on the list because despite how good of a film it is, it didn't transport me enough to the 70's and 80's even with its great homages to exploitation films of that era.

10. Rubber (2010)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Horror

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59 Metascore

A homicidal car tire, discovering it has destructive psionic power, sets its sights on a desert town once a mysterious woman becomes its obsession.

Director: Quentin Dupieux | Stars: Stephen Spinella, Roxane Mesquida, Wings Hauser, Jack Plotnick

Votes: 29,065 | Gross: $0.10M

Its so ridiculous it works.