12 items from 2010
There are two things to note about this recent release of Grindhouse. The first is that when the film premiered in the spring of 2007, much was hoped for this three hour double feature from Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. Rodriguez’s half Planet Terror had a stripper (Rose MacGowan) and her off-again boyfriend (Freddy Rodriguez) battling a zombie plague brought on by a scientist (Naveen Andrews) and a crazy solider (Bruce Willis). Death Proof is the second half and has Kurt Russell playing a killer whose weapon of choice is a stunt car, and whose prey are young women (including Rosario Dawson, Zoe Bell, Tracy Thoms, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Vanessa Ferlito, Sydney Poitier, Jordan Ladd and Rose McGowan). But Tarantino’s and Rodriguez’s fan-base and the world at large either didn’t get or didn’t care about the movie, and so it flopped at the box office. It »
- Andre Dellamorte
I thoroughly enjoyed Grindhouse when I first saw it back in 2007. Personally I'm partial to Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof over Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror. But after watching the films again, back-to-back, with this new Blu-ray release of the intended double feature I can honestly say both suit me just fine.
Previously I reviewed the two-disc DVD editions of both Planet Terror and Death Proof and never purchased or reviewed the subsequent individual Blu-ray releases of each film. So it's been a while since I watched these films, though I did return to Death Proof back in August of 2009 when I ranked Tarantino's films as well as posted a top ten list of my favorite characters from his films. However, for purposes of this review, I did a little DVD-to-Blu-ray comparison and I'll tell you right now this Blu-ray presentation blows the DVD editions away in terms of visuals.
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- Brad Brevet
In the second part of the two interviews I was invited to take part in for the promotion of The Last Exorcism, I met the film’s producer, Eli Roth. Writer, director and sometime actor, Roth is laid back (both figuratively and quite literally), sharply dressed and surprisingly handsome in person. As opposed to director Daniel Stamm’s enthusiastic joy for talking about his movie, Roth is more reserved, although clearly in his element – the filmmaker evidently knows not only how to direct a scene but also an interview. He feeds us information at his own pace, casually displays his encyclopaedic knowledge of horror and sets himself up nicely for some witty jokes. Roth was a compelling orator, as is hopefully evident below.
I was watching your Carson Daly interview this morning and in that you were saying that the reason you produced as well as directed your first couple »
- Jack Kirby
Rutger Hauer in Hobo with a Shotgun
This weekend sees the release of Machete, the first film based on the fake trailers seen between Planet Terror and Death Proof, the two films that made up Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's 2007 double-feature flop Grindhouse. Machete has received largely positive reviews and I have to agree, it's a very fun film and had Rodriguez used it instead of Planet Terror as his half of Grindhouse the film may have done a bit better at the box-office. Hell, tracking on Machete should have it doing Grindhouse business in about a week's time.
So, with the anticipated success of Machete on the horizon it's only appropriate the first teaser trailer for another film based on a Grindhouse faux trailer arrive in the form of Jason Eisener's Hobo with a Shotgun courtesy of Ain't It Cool News.
Just above I included the version »
- Brad Brevet
Eli Roth is one of the genre's busiest men so it's really nice to know that he hasn't forgotten about one little project that's been cooking for a while now - a feature length version of the faux trailer he made for Grindhouse called Thanksgiving.
In a recent interview with Cinemablend Roth offered the following update:
I’ve been working on the script with my co-writer, Jeff Rendell, who plays the pilgrim in the trailer," Roth tells the site. "And it’s me imitating Jeff’s voice [for the narration]. But Jeff has been working. I said that his deal is he has to work on the script while I’m promoting The Last Exorcism, and as soon as I’m done in mid-September, he’s going to fly to California, we’re going to sit down, and bang out the script."
Keep it here for more as it comes, and dig on the trailer below! »
- Uncle Creepy
Gearing up for this weekend's release of The Last Exorcism, producer Eli Roth has been making the press rounds talking about all things horror. In an interview with Cinemablend, he updates the status of Thanksgiving, his feature-length version of the faux slasher trailer included in the 2007 Grindhouse. "Ive been working on the script with my co-writer, Jeff Rendell, who plays the pilgrim in the trailer," Roth tells the site. "And its me imitating Jeffs voice [for the narration]. But Jeff has been working. I said that his deal is he has to work on the script while Im promoting The Last Exorcism, and as soon as Im done in mid-September hes going to fly to California, were going to sit down, and bang out the script." It's nice to know Roth is still taking this feature very seriously because I'd love to see a slew of new Grindhouse-esque releases. »
With "Machete" hitting theatres next week and "Hobo With a Shotgun" in post-production, talk has stirred again that another "Grindhouse" faux trailer could be making the feature-length jump soon - Eli Roth's holiday-themed slasher flick "Thanksgiving".
Out doing press for "The Last Exorcism", Roth tells Cinema Blend that "I've been working on the script with my co-writer, Jeff Rendell, who plays the pilgrim in the trailer. But Jeff has been working. I said that his deal is he has to work on the script while I'm promoting 'The Last Exorcism,' and as soon as I'm done in mid-September he's going to fly to California, we're going to sit down, and bang out the script."
Roth has previously talked about shooting the film back-to-back with the PG-13 action/sci-fi feature "Endangered Species", telling MTV News last year " I want to do a huge budget movie, but tack on »
- Garth Franklin
When Robert Rodriguez's Machete opens on September 3, it will be the first fake trailer from Grindhouse to be turned into a full length movie, but it may not be the last. Last December, Eli Roth confirmed that he wanted to turn his faux-trailer for Thanksgiving into a full-fledged feature. Roth recently told Cinema Blend that a Thanksgiving script is in its early stages.
I’ve been working on the script with my co-writer, Jeff Rendell, who plays the pilgrim in the trailer. And it’s me imitating Jeff’s voice [for the narration]. But Jeff has been working. I said that his deal is he has to work on the script while I’m promoting The Last Exorcism, and as soon as I’m done in mid-September he’s going to fly to California, we’re going to sit down, and bang out the script.
While Edgar Wright's Don't trailer could »
- Ryan Gowland
When Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez released their epic exploitation double-feature Grindhouse, they also asked some of their filmmaker friends to make fake trailers for grindhouse films they'd like to see. Preceding the double-bill was a fake trailer by Rodriguez himself for something called Machete. Sandwiched between Rodriguez's Planet Terror and Tarantino's Death Proof were fake trailers for Edgar Wright's Don't, Rob Zombie's Werewolf Women of the S.S. and, the most brutal by far, Eli Roth's Thanksgiving. With a real full-length version of Machete  amping up toward release, Eli Roth has been getting a lot of questions about his own rumored Grindhouse-trailer-turned-feature-film. Roth has talked about the possibility of a full-length Thanksgiving for some time now, almost since the trailer was first leaked online, but he finally confirmed, in an interview with Cinema Blend's Eric Eisenberg yesterday, that the project is in the works. Roth speaks after the jump! »
Now that Robert Rodriguez is getting ready to release "Machete" in theaters and Jason Eisener is in post-production on "Hobo With a Shotgun," Eli Roth (Hostel) has become more serious about filming "Thanksgiving," another big screen version of a faux "Grindhouse" trailer. During "The Last Exorcism" press junket, Roth told CinemaBlend: "I've been working on the script with my co-writer, Jeff Rendell, who plays the pilgrim in the trailer. But Jeff has been working. I said that his deal is he has to work on the script while I'm promoting 'The Last Exorcism,' and as soon as I'm done in mid-September he's going to fly to California, we're going to sit down, and bang out the script." "Thanksgiving" movie has always been part of a package that includes Roth's PG-13 monster sci-fi thriller called "Endangered Species." The goal was to get $85 million in funding for both films together. »
By Sean O’Connell
With Danny Trejo in tow, Rodriguez recently constructed the vengeance picture “Machete.” Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Steven Seagal and Robert De Niro appear alongside Trejo in the film, which opens everywhere on Sept. 3.
“Robert’s doing his thing and I’m doing mine, but I am writing ‘Thanksgiving’ with my friend, Jeff Rendell, who I wrote the trailer with,” Roth recently told me when we sat down to discuss “The Last Exorcism,” which Roth produced.
“I only want to »
- Sean O'Connell
Dread Central found this to be the perfect reason to catch up with writer/producer/director-turned-notable actor Eli Roth to reflect on the film that put him on the horror map and what he’s doing these days when he isn’t celebrating all the award season success of Inglourious Basterds, the highly acclaimed Quentin Tarantino flick that was released this past summer.
Cabin Fever was part of a new breed of horror that took audiences to visceral levels. Several years leading up to 2003, when Roth’s vision of horror was unleashed onto unsuspecting fans, the genre had been playing it safe with a slew of PG-13 releases. Studios wondered if audiences were »
12 items from 2010
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