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
The closing credits include pieces of film leader shown in time with the music. Most of these are "China girls," used to check the film's color timing. If you look closely, you will see brief segments of "Death Proof" outtakes. See more »
The DVD from Alliance Films Is the edited and recut versions of the two films. This was because the film first received an NC-17 rating and to allow the DVD to sell better it was Edited for violence and language making it a hard PG-13 rating. The changes are as followed:
The scene in the dance club is trimmed.
The scene were the woman on the road is torn apart by zombies is edited.
The scene were the alarm clock rings. William and Dakota get out of bed. Is missing.
-You can see earlier how Dakota puts the toy aside.
-The scene where Cherry puts her foot under the water tap and pulls the splinter out of the wound is missing.
-The scene of the front court continues.
-In the car there is a dialogue missing between Dakota and her son.
-The flash "missing reel" can be seen longer.
-You can see the flash: "Reel Missing" more times in this version to cover up the violent scenes.
-The dashboard scene is edited to one Mike slams on the brakes the card "Missing Real" appears again and cuts to mike driving without Pam's body in the car.
-Earl and Edgar step through the first door.
the longest different cuts 11 minutes.
-The video turns black and white. When Mike starts smoking while Kims' car stops next to him.
The entire car crash scene is edited to a zoomed out shot of Mikes Chevrolet Chevy II/Nova crashing against the girl's car without showing the leg and allice's face being skimmed by the tires.
Mikes death at the end of the film is obscured by the girls.
The differences stated make each movie 30 mins shorter making the DVD's run time 125 min. The full theatrical release ( Not the Extended and unrated cuts) are available in the Blu-Ray collector's edition. See more »
I feel the need to think and write about "Grindhouse" as one complete entity, because splitting up the distinct parts is like separating a head from the torso, arms and legs that let it rise up and chase whatever it feels threatened by. This wacko love letter to the less than elegant cinema experience is disgusting, exciting, uproarious and about a thousand other words I could type. I saw it twice in the spring of 2007 and would have went a few more times if it hadn't disappeared as quickly as it did. The tickets were worth every penny.
The packed houses were rocking for three hours each time and I'm still annoyed more people didn't support the full "Grindhouse" package, as they could have done much worse in choosing a flick to go see that year. The only remedy I can propose is keep the budgets down and make two more features (this time from different directors), create some new trailers (including one each from Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino) and market the heck out of this package deal, hoping there is a larger audience who are hipper to this trip the second time around. The flaw wasn't in the concept, it was with the youth crowd who should have been out there supporting a more bang for your buck venture.
Rodriguez drops a great bomb of a tale (confirming my theory that a zombie movie always kicks the ass of a vampire movie!). His wild and wonderful "Planet Terror" is the great blending of several b-movie staples into one funny and vital alloy. Quentin gets his finest hour as an actor, revelling in the scum passing for human he plays for all it's worth. Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez and Josh Brolin each have meaty material to devour and the supporting cast (especially the crazy babysitter twins) all have the time of their lives.
Complaining about Tarantino's dialogue or anything else that was a pet peeve of the "Death Proof" critics is missing the point. These characters hang out and shoot the breeze until it's time to shoot the enemy! Here, Kurt Russell gets a character just as rich (if not richer) than Snake Plissken and he makes the most of it. His one brick shy of a load stuntman is the kind of fringe player most people in film have met at some point and he gives the best performance of his career. And Zoe Bell gets my award for most insane physical performance by an actual stunt woman (how did they ever get insurance for her on this f$$king project?...didn't anyone read the script?!).
My only complaint is Mary Winstead didn't get to belt out a few more numbers (hint, hint, Quentin...bring back Mary as Lee Montgomery in another project!). Maybe her character should have been a pop star who isn't a total studio gimmick, as her voice is far superior to most of the young ladies making a living as so called singers. Baby, it's her that deserved more screen time!
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