It is no secret that Tarantino and Rodriguez managed to build exciting careers on recreating classic movie moments burnt onto their psyches, but adding their vision and flair onto it to create something new, fresh and wildly entertaining. With their Grindhouse project they resurrected the classic ‘70s / ‘80s era of crummy theatres screening back to back cheap exploitation movies. So, they each made a movie to be combined as a double feature, Death Proof and Planet Terror, and got some extra directors to make fake trailers linking them up (including Rob “House of 1000 Corpses” Zombie, Edgar “Shaun Of The Dead” Wright, and Eli “Hostel” Roth).

The only South African Grindhouse Double Feature of Death Proof and Planet Terror was hosted by Flamedrop Productions, Cinemania and Shadow Realm inc., at the 2008 X FEST Extreme Film Festival.
It included the fake trailer Machete.

Below you'll find reviews for both movies.


With Kurt Russell, Rosario Dawson, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Zoe Bell,
Rose McGowan, Vanessa Ferlito, Tracie Thoms, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth

Directed by Quentin Tarantino

The charging-muscle-cars-on-asphalt flicks get a full throttle homage in the shape of Stuntman Mike, a demented old-school stuntman who pursues and kills girls with his death proof stunt car, by ripping right through the vehicle. A Tarantino staple is the protracted conversation scene (building up to the mayhem) – ostensibly about crap, but nonetheless engaging and entertaining. You get it here in spades. The car crash sequence is spectacularly graphic, each of the vehicle occupants’ demise shown in succession. But, when staking out another set of mobile females, Stuntman Mike gets more than he bargained for when he fucks with the wrong gang of girls. Russell is great as Mike and the ensemble of women a feast, with the array of shorts and gratuitous butt and leg shots never far off. The car scenes are wild and action packed, the seventies soundtrack adding to the mood and even some glitches, film scratches, missing frames and jump edits added in for that Grindhouse feel. Tarantino’s foot fetish is again out in full force, this time abundantly displayed with girls’ bare feet up on dashboards, out car windows and in the rain on porch railings (with Shannon Hazlett doing foot doubling). References to his previous movies are all over the place.

This is a total blast, but hopefully the Grindhouse imitation won’t get aped in return, rehashed to become a lame rip-off of a parody. Or become a stylistic excuse for amateur filmmaking - if that happens, you may as well pick up the wide selection of tacky authentic Grindhouse flicks. Yet, the difference here with Tarantino and Rodriguez’ is, none of the films to which they’re paying homage was ever this well made.

5 / A
- PB

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With Rose McGowan, Bruce Willis, Freddy Rodríguez, Josh Brolin, Jason Douglas, Christine Rose, Stacy Ferguson, Quentin Tarantino, Tom Savini,
Hung Nguyen

Directed by Robert Rodriguez

Rodriguez’s installment for the Grindhouse double feature takes a very different turn to the auto-mayhem of Tarantino’s Death Proof. A zombie-like infection breaks out with military links, and a bunch of survivors including a stripper who lost her leg, her ex-boyfriend a martial arts expert tow-truck driver, a female doctor, cops and a BBQ restaurant owner fight their way through the carnage. The madness erupts and heads explode. The humour is just as wild, and the damaged frames and missing reels add to the laughs. The over-the-top action, violence and gore (expertly slung by Greg Nicotero – winning Best Visual FX at the 2008 South African X FEST), is not the only plus point, but as expected, in the hands of Rodriguez, you’re in for one hell of a cinematic ride.

5 / A
- PB


never let a review decide for you, but for those who need a rating, see the Flamedrop scale below
6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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