''Ladies, we're gonna have some fun.''
Two full length feature horror movies written by Quentin Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez put together as a two film feature. Including fake movie trailers in between both movies.
Rose McGowan: Cherry Darling (Planet Terror)
Kurt Russel: Stuntman Mike (Death Proof)
Absolutely a blast from end to finish. Such a brilliant soundtrack and old style feel to it as intended by QT and RR.
The joint film revolves around one plot about some hot looking young girls and a mysterious guy who seems to stalk said girls. We find out hes Stuntman Mike (magnificently played by Kurt Russell). The other a zombie infested virus movie which has shoot outs and over the top gore galore.
What i like about this double feature is all Quentin's and Robert's intricate attention to detail. How all the dialogue these people deliver comes across and they makes it interesting to view as if your along for the ride.
''There are few things fetching as a bruised ego on a beautiful angel.''
What theDeath Proof contribution lacks in gore( there is some great gore though in places) it makes up for with complex character detail layering and the dialogue. This is an intelligent film that could be a reality, and the superior half of the Grindhouse feature.
In fact all QT films have wonderful convos, character interaction and stories, this latest offering is deliciously laden too. Love all the intricate small attentions to details too.
Kurt Russell as Stuntman Mike is the perfect weird loner guy with a sadistic penchant for stalking hot young ladies.
Rose McGowan has a part in this too, smaller than her lead part in Planet Terror, but she plays it well although looking weird with Blonde hair.
''Well, in Hollywood, anyone fool enough to throw themselves down a flight of stairs can usually find someone to pay them for it. But really, I got into the business the way most people get into the stunt business.''
Vanessa Ferlito's lap-dance was awesome yet i thought she had an unusual face for sure. Very seductive. Loved the dark clever conversations, her character Arlene has with Mike on the porch of the bar.
Sydney Tamiia Poitier as Jungle Julia was a typical bitchy girl but I thought it was sweet her text messaging. Another example of little details that I love.
Rosario Dawson was awesome as Abernathy as usual although the character she played did have some times where i thought she was weak willed or being bossed around by her buddies. She had some great lines though.
Zoe Bell as Zoe Bell and Tracie Thoms as Kim were stand out characters yet they seemed abit mean and manly in some parts with their gruff hard tones. Liked there witty comments.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Lee was in my mind stunning and lovely as usual but she was completely sidelined in this, that was bad. Felt like she was just put there for looking at for male audiences, could of included her in the finale chase or had a story to show what she does while their away.
I loved all the references too in Death Proof, QT's love of yellow and black stripes, of feet and classy retro-y music. The whistle ringtone that Abernathy has. The movie sign-post Mike crashes into. Also his lusty appreciation of young ladies and killing them with his car! And what amazing car chases and action in Death Proof!
Put this film with Planet Terror as it was intended, and they totally compliment each other. Planet Terror with its OTT action, gore and horror/fantasy basis then Death Proof with its intelligent dialogue, thrilling chases and closeness to being reality.
''If you're going to hire Machete to kill the bad guy, you'd better make damn sure the bad guy isn't you!''
I must mention the Machete(which should be a film!) trailer and Grindhouse obviously feels like it was made for the cinema. The whole style and old cracking lines feels like you're watching a vintage, a dirty, sleazy, personified old school movie.
Rose McGowan was delicious and excellent as the main heroine of Planet Terror.
Freddy Rodriguez was a hard man although i thought it was a stupid outcome. Short too height wise.
Naveen Andrews, seen him in the series Lost, and English Patient and still when i see him speaking in his normal English accent it takes me time to adjust. He was excellent. Shocking us with his obsessions and ball collecting. ''OH SweetHeart I just want your balls!''.
Marley Shelton and Fergie Lessie couple, was I hearing things?! Seeing things?????
More Bruce Willis needed.
More Tarantino needed(He was f**ing awesome in his part made me laugh what happens!).
The gore was amazingly cheesy in this, splatter chopping, things blowing up! Limbs being ripped off! Semi-naked women! Crazy splattery shootouts, Helicopter limb chopping. Gun Leg action!
''I've seen me a lot of weird shit in my day, but I ain't never seen a one-legged stripper. I seen me a stripper with one breast. And I seen me a stripper with twelve toes. I've even seen me a stripper with no brains at all, but I ain't never seen a one-legged stripper. And I've been to Morocco.''
The music and the sound effects are immense in this film, they simply rock BIG TIME! Very atmospheric.
The ending reminded me of Dusk Til Dawn, good old Robert Rodriguez! I also love his company name too, RIP Productions, RIP AKA Rodriguez International Pictures.
Overall we have Planet Terror with its OTT action and gore and Death Proof with its intelligent dialogue and thrilling chases.
''Hey, Pam, remember when I said this car was death proof? Well, that wasn't a lie. This car is a hundred percent death proof. Only to get the benefit of it, honey, you REALLY need to be sitting in my seat.''