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4.4

Awesome61.16%
Worth A Look: 25.62%
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Pretty Crappy: 3.31%
Sucks: 2.48%

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Grindhouse
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by Dawn Taylor

"Who doesn't love muscle cars, hot chicks and pus-spewing zombies?"
5 stars

When discussing the films of Quentin Tarantino, detractors will inevitably use the phrase "self-indulgent." They say it like that's a bad thing. Tarantino is, indeed, one of the most self-indulgent American directors working today -- his indulgences, however, are almost entirely cinematic in nature, and if you share his love for low-down, dirty, exploitive, made-on-the-cheap, viscerally entertaining popcorn flicks, then you can't help but love what he does as a director.

In Grindhouse,Tarantino and fellow sleaze merchant Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) attempt to recreate the experience of watching a double bill of craptastic 70's low-budget movies, complete with trailers for coming attractions, "missing reels," scratchy film stock and old-school MPAA ratings bumpers. And while they get the flavor right, they fail in one important respect – both their films are just too damn good to be crappy grindhouse fare.

Rodriguez's contribution, Planet Terror, is a delicious combination of gross-out horror and take-no-prisoners action flick. Freddie Rodriguez, who played the maddeningly wimpy mortuary assistant on HBO's "Six Feet Under," is El Wray, a mysterious figure who cuts a swath through crowds of disgusting, boil-covered zombies with guns and knives, assisted by his one-legged stripper ex-girlfriend (Rose McGowan), a Texas barbecue cook (Jeff Fahey), a doctor (Marley Shelton) on the run from her crazy zombie husband (Josh Brolin) and the barbecue guy's Sheriff brother (Michael Biehn).

Along the way, limbs get chopped off, stuff blows up, zombie-boils explode disgustingly, and everyone has to get past an infected Army guy (Bruce Willis) and his unit of chemical-gas-sucking soldiers. Rodriguez packs his segment full of every possible element of B-movie mayhem imaginable, from hot guns to hot dames to the ultimate run for the helicopter conveniently waiting outside of town. It's delicious.

Tarantino's picture, Death Proof, is slower and talkier. Sometimes irritatingly so – he's always loved to write scenes that have small groups of characters bantering, and here they go on a little too long and aren't as clever as they could be. But it pays off, with everything leading to a showdown between a psychotic ex-stuntman (Kurt Russell) who likes to kill women with his car, and a trio of women who give him more than he bargained for – famed stuntwoman Zoe Bell (playing herself), her best friend and stunt driver Kim (Tracie Thoms) and their pal Abernathy (Rosario Dawson), who are simply the wrong group of chicks to menace.

Death Proof, while less successful than Planet Terror, still works, and for two reasons – it has one of the best car chases ever filmed, and it has Kurt Russell. Craggy, charismatic and still handsome at 56, Russell is a true movie star and he takes a risk here by playing someone who's creepy, dangerous and just plain evil. When he pits his dead-black, souped-up Chevy Nova against the girls' white 1970 Challenger (an homage to Vanishing Point) it's a nail-biter of a thrill ride, with Bell clinging to the Challenger's hood as the cars race down Texas backroads in an automotive deathmatch.

What's fun about both Grindhouse[/I ]features is that while the directors lovingly offer up a lot of hot chicks in scanty outfits, those same chicks are more butt-kicking heroes than victims. In both pictures, in fact, it's women who ultimately triumph through a combination of street-smarts and competence with guns, knives and cars.

Self-indulgent? Absolutely. But delightfully so, making "Grindhouse" a three-hour double feature fever dream, as only Tarantino and Rodriguez could conceive.

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User Comments

9/14/17 morris campbell long but fun 4 stars
4/15/14 Charles Tatum Rodriquez gets in the spirit, but QT's is so boring. 4 stars
12/25/12 J. Van Buren death proof does seem a little dry the first time but gets better with repeated viewings. 4 stars
8/29/12 roscoe planet terror is fairly good. death proof sucked ass 3 stars
4/04/12 Jason Coffman 5 stars for the full theatrical experience! 5 stars
9/26/10 art only good thing in 'GRINDHOUSE" was ROSE MCGOWAN"S exotic dancer! 2 stars
3/15/10 matt planet terror is flawless action comedy. death proof was long but enjoyable, underrated imo 5 stars
1/24/10 Chad Dillon Cooper 70's style double feature for a generation that doesn't know what that is. 5 stars
11/30/09 Cutter blah blah boring tripe 2 stars
6/27/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess It's almost like a double feature DVD from Something Weird Video, but as one movie! 4 stars
5/04/09 Kike Sosa Now every single car chase I see WILL suck! 4 stars
9/25/08 Shaun Wallner I really enjoyed this film. 5 stars
5/18/08 jm Why did the second half of each film suck? 4 stars
4/13/08 Mike Has funny moments, has disgusting moments. Both can do a lot better. 2 stars
3/24/08 Isaac M. Baranoff Loved it. They should make one of these every year. 5 stars
3/10/08 Jayme Isaacs I Really Liked This Movie 5 stars
3/05/08 art IT REALLY MAKES FUN OF THOSE DUMB MIDNIGHT MOVIES OUTSTANDING 4 stars
11/11/07 Alec Original, clever, and often hilarous - I liked this movie 5 stars
10/27/07 Jonathan The shot in the arm movies have needed for far too long. 5 stars
10/12/07 Carlos BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR BETTE THEN TRANSFORMERS!!!!! 5 stars
9/19/07 Johnnyfaye hahaha what fun, if you didn't like the movie, you knew what you were getting into.WhydidUg 4 stars
9/10/07 Doug Best movie of the year!I vote for "Machete" and "Thanksgiving" for the next double feature! 5 stars
8/30/07 scotty The Best Movie of the Year!! 5 stars
7/30/07 Louise Saw Death Proof - good stuff, just dragged in the middle when dialogue went on too long 4 stars
7/21/07 Don Paco Only saw Death Proof - and it fucking rocked. 5 stars
7/03/07 Booksworm Veritas is right.Rodriguez should make"Machete".(Of course,I'd likely watch"Thanksgiving".) 5 stars
7/02/07 William Goss Sloppy homage-tacular proves to be great fun in distinctly different manners. 5 stars
6/21/07 Alice only saw DP (europe).GO TARANTINO GO!!! HE DID IT AGAIN ! 5 stars
6/20/07 caiphn I really liked Death Proof. Planet Terror was good too. 5 stars
6/14/07 Anthony G Best movie of the year so far. Just shows that box office doesn't mean shit. 5 stars
6/09/07 Danielle Ophelia Entered the theater a skeptic, left a total believer. 5 stars
5/16/07 matt Sick, demented fun. Planet Terror kicked so much ass... 5 stars
5/11/07 chris. you call this cheap porn? the sections with the porn were lost! noooooo 5 stars
5/08/07 Itsgonnarock Amazing start to finish can't wait till the missing reels are added in the dvd 5 stars
5/03/07 Boaby Digital Won't work for everyone but if you like a tongue in cheek romp, it's a blast! 5 stars
5/02/07 Wesley Death Proof is good, with one of the best car chases ever, but Planet Terror stomps it. 5 stars
5/02/07 Veritas One almost wishes that this "Grindhouse" trend would continue.(Like with Machete?) 5 stars
4/22/07 Zaw Somepeople just don't get it please wikipedia GrindHouse. 5 stars
4/20/07 VInce Planet Terror was awesome, Death Proof was OK. 5 stars
4/19/07 Lauren you have to go see it! 5 stars
4/16/07 Wayne machine gun leg, Death Proof dialog, 3+ hours, etc.... oh the humanity, it was REALLY bad! 1 stars
4/16/07 Dragula Just plain BAD 1 stars
4/15/07 Bob G. The most fun I have had at the movies in years!!!! 5 stars
4/15/07 Steve Loved it, didn't seem as long as it was. 5 stars
4/15/07 msxanax greatest.movie.ever. 5 stars
4/15/07 Reesefire Black How much do you wanna bet that Indrid Cold's gonna pan this? 5 stars
4/15/07 lakemiss took way too much time ..not worth it 1 stars
4/14/07 mr. mike just didn't work for me 2 stars
4/13/07 Shaman 3 words for Tarantino- "Just SHUT UP"!! Other than that, it was great! 4 stars
4/13/07 Alex I actually liked Planet Terror more than DeathProof, but I thought both were great. 4 stars
4/12/07 Miss Lady I let my 15 yr old son talk me into seeing what I thought was carp! It was awesome, 5 stars
4/11/07 3Y03 The best movie I've seen this year. The trailors are ingenious. 5 stars
4/11/07 Anthony G AWESOME. See this movie, period. 5 stars
4/09/07 Jeff. Three words. Go, See and It! 5 stars
4/09/07 John Totally laugh out loud hilarious 5 stars
4/09/07 RazorFang Planet Terror had more action and violence;Death proof had better acting and plot. 5 stars
4/09/07 gulembo cabrón! 4 stars
4/09/07 Darren Shea Extremely self-indulgent, but almost as much fun to watch as it probably was to make. 5 stars
4/09/07 BrianWilly Oh SO VERY AWESOME 5 stars
4/09/07 dbx PT - great film, totally fun. DP - AWESOME. outstanding. inspiring 5 stars
4/08/07 Stacy Planet Terror -- great. Death Proof -- boring for an hour, then awesome. 4 stars
4/08/07 m-dude Unbelievably geuniusly rediculous and one of the best movies ive ever seen 5 stars
4/07/07 Sully I'm gonna call a couple a hard, pipe-hittin' grrrls to go to work on the homes here 5 stars
4/07/07 Eric P. Thrilling and amazing. 5 stars
4/07/07 malcolm ridiculous but fun 3 stars
4/07/07 Ole Man Bourbon Death P'-awesome, but no 2nd act. Planet T'-meh. Kurt is great for QT. No int'msn fwiw. 5 stars
4/06/07 the wizz i came in to this expecting nothing but some cheap porn, i wasn' diappointed! 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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