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HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERon 2 September 2015

This movie was released as a double bill feature with Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof (which I review elsewhere). Of the two films, this is far more enjoyable. This is a tribute to the 70's grindhouse and horror genres, and although it is not an unqualified success, it is engrossing and entertaining. A mysterious green gas, which is stored on a military base, is released into the air and turns a group of soldiers into quasi-zombie creatures with dissolving skin. Cherry is a pole dancer at a strip club in a nearby town. She gets involved in a road crash and the zombies drag her from her vehicle, dismembering one of her legs. An ex-boyfriend saves her and she is taken to the local hospital, where other victims of the monsters are being treated. Josh Brolin plays a doctor treating the sudden inflow of patients, whilst Michael Biehn is a gunslinging sheriff who takes down some of the army of the dead. A group of locals hold out from the ensuing zombie onslaught at a restaurant, and then flee en masse, on motorbikes and in an armoured vehicle. The piece de resistance is when Cherry's missing leg is substituted with a heavy machine gun, and she goes on a glorious rampage against the hordes of living dead. The film is very stylishly shot, with exceptional use of colour and tricksy editing, but it's weakness is that its a bit of a mishmash. Its not funny in the style of, say, Shaun of The Dead, it's not nerve-shredding scary like, for instance, Romero's Day of The Dead, and it's devoid of the sort of gratuitous female nudity, which it really needed to strike a hit on its obvious grindhouse target. It's basically a fusion of different genres, and this very nearly makes it less than the sum of its parts. However, paradoxically, it's highly watchable, and not just because it's so stylish, but because it tries to be different and to a certain extent it succeeds. I'm not sure that it merited an 18 certificate, the scenes of horror are largely too comedic to be disturbing, there are no sex scenes, and profanity is used sparingly. I'm a bit surprised it wasn't a 15 certificate. All in all, a very diverting way to pass a couple of hours.


Question Tarantino made Pulp Fiction, an effortlessly cool movie. Ever since then, I think he's been trying to make another super cool film, but not really succeeding. This movie is a good example of that. A gang of 4 badass girls are out on the town, drinking and partying, talking about men, indeed the first half hour of the movie is like a gritty version of Sex and The City. Kurt Russell, who is a brilliant and charismatic actor, easily capable of carrying a movie by himself, plays a psychopathic stuntman, named Stuntman Mike, who stalks sexy young women in his big black American muscle car. The film livens up as soon as Mike starts to feature. He watches the gang of 4 girls in a bar, and gets into a conversation with them, flirting with and teasing them. This all progresses very languorously and stylishly, but I couldn't help feeling that Tarantino was just trying far too hard to make the film cool, and instead it simply drags it's heels for the first 45 minutes or so. However, it then speeds up dramatically, when Mike takes a very sexy young blonde lady for a ride in his muscle car, and kills her using his "death proof" vehicle. Soon after that Mike drives his car into a head on collision with the 4 girls, a sequence which is shot with trademark Tarantino bravissimo. I won't say what happens next, but the film then shoots forwards 14 months, and temporarily goes black and white (remember what I said about Tarantino trying too hard to make his movies cool). Mike is still on the prowl for female victims. Another group of 4 girls are cruising about town, chewing the fat about their relationships with men. They go for a joyride in a white Dodge Charger and cross paths with Stuntman Mike. What follows then is the closing 20 minutes, when you get to see a truly stunning car chase sequence, with some of the best stunts I've seen since the closing half hour chase sequence in Mad Max II. If I'm honest, this is a three star film, but I've given it an extra star because of Kurt Russell's performance and the amazing car chase at the end. It's just a shame that the movie sags whenever Russell is off screen, he only features for about half an hour in total, and when he appears he steals every scene.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2013
Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino have once again, not failed to produce and deliver a blinding pair of films; first, lets just take a short look at what the point of the making of Grindhouse was in the first place: Tarantino and Rodriguez, two very talented movie makers, wanted to re-create and re-live their younger years, in this case, it being the movies they used to watch. Despite other reviews saying that these movies are no good because they are too over the top, Grindhouse is very cleverly made; not only have they captured the 70's, B-Movie style of film-making, but they have absolutely aced it, too. When you look past the gore, mediocre acting and cheesy dialogue, Grindhouse is pure genius. Now, we've covered the feature as a whole, lets look at the separate films:

Planet Terror is Rodriquez' half of the feature; he has tried to re-create a classic 70's, drive-in horror flick, and he has not failed in doing so. Planet Terror is the less sophisticated one of the two, featuring hints of cheesy humour, over-the-top gore and one-liners that make you squeeze the bridge of your nose with embarrassment...but that is what a B-Movie is all about! Low budget, 70's horror flicks aren't made to keep you on the edge of your edge of your seat or eager for more, but just for pure entertainment, and in that aspect, Planet Terror certainly delivers! Even though the acting isn't the best, it is still an A* cast, considering the majority of them are in the second movie, so don't be put off by the actors or actresses as the cheesiness all adds to the style of the movie.

Death Proof is Tarantino's half of the feature; he has tried to re-create a 70's slasher/car movie, and in my opinion, is the much better one of the two. The fact that he made the choice of casting Zoé Bell (the stunt-double for Uma Thurman in the Kill Bill's) as one of the main parts in the movie was great, considering she really shows that she can multi-task in movies, doing all of her own stunts as well. The acting is much more sophisticated than Planet Terror, as well as there being much more dialogue scenes than action scenes, which I think just reminds you that you are still watching a Tarantino movie. Featuring one of the best car chase scenes I have ever seen in a movie, Death Proof does not ruin, nor does it slow down Grindhouse, despite all of the dialogue, I think it actually makes the feature better.

Featuring some fake movie trailers from directors such as Eli Roth, (Hostel, Cabin Fever) Edgar Wright, (Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz) and Rob Zombie,(House Of 1000 Corpses, Halloween 2007) to really give it that 70's feel, Grindhouse is fantastic and deserves five stars, as well as a purchase. For an entertaining night in with friends, Grindhouse doesn't disappoint.....BUY!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 7 September 2011
Don't get me wrong I love Grindhouse and what it is trying to achieve, however the idea of spending $50 million + on a film that is made to look like it cost a fraction of that has always perplexed me.

Planet Terror is a very good take of a good old Zombie flick; however it lacks the darker atmosphere of many of the films it is trying to pay homage to. Yes, it is its own film, it just lacks a bit of edge. 4 stars

Death Proof is an original idea and isn't a bad film, but it just doesn't do it for me. 3 stars.

The highlight of the movie for me are the trailers (except Rod Zombies Werewolf Women of the ss) especially "Thanksgiving" which is so over the top it's unbelievable.

Nice to have the film released on blu ray as the project was intended and not have to buy two separate films.

All in all this package with 2 films, some great trailers all the extras deserves 4.5 stars which I will round up to 5 instead of down to 4.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2011
PLANET TERROR is one of the most awesome and cool films made in years, totally over the top story and wild amounts of gore and violence all in the tradition of Grindhouse movies, cult movies from the 60s, 70s and 80s that depicted things that shocked people and were controversial for there themes etc. Rodriguez has made his baby (along with the classic Grindhouse style Machete of course) The cast is fantastic especially the amazing Rose McGowan as cherry darling! If youre a big horror fan this is a must, the bluray version is the best as the picture quality is pretty amazing but bluray or DVD doesnt matter this is awesome at any cost.
DEATHPROOF is rather a step in a different direction for Tarantino but a good one non the less, as he is a fan of Grindhouse he also stepped in with Rodriguez to make a cool movie about a killer car, well a killer stunt man who uses his car for fun to kill his victims as the car was built as a stunt car its apparently DEATHPROOF!! Kurt Russell is good as the lead actor and the rest of the cast is great too, the story is crazy but great fun and theres plenty of bloody carnage!! But still this is an amazing double bill of films and an awesome addition to any cult film collection.
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on 29 September 2015
I had the two separate films - 'Planet Terror' and 'Death Proof' - but I wanted to have the complete Grindhouse experience

The score is for 'Planet Terror' and the extras on the disc. The 'Death Proof' sequence is still as bad as the standalone version was!
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on 30 December 2013
Bought this for my brother for Christmas. He really likes it and the price was very good compared to other websites.
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on 11 November 2015
ive only watched Death proof so far but i did like it, typical Tarrentino film in 2 parts.
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on 6 November 2015
Didn't realise buying double set meant that there were scenes missing from both films.
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on 13 January 2015
What can I say - Grindhouse all the way. Really enjoyed these movies.
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on 8 August 2014
They know how to put an evening's entertainment together
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