Friday, January 11, 2008

Favorites of '07 - Horror ~Grindhouse



In the spring 0f '07 a movie called Grindhouse came to theaters. The term Grindhouse comes from the late '60's well into the early '80's when inner city movie theaters would play movies back to back. The theaters would "grind" them out so to say.
It was during a movie night at Quentin's house in his theater room that him and his best friend fellow filmmaker Robert Rodriguez came up with the idea to make the movie "Grindhouse". It would be two movies for the price of one. Robert's movie would be "Planet Terror" an early eighties style zombie movie. The second feature would be "Death Proof" by Tarantino, a old school slasher film, but instead of using a butcher knife the killer uses his car.
The goal/idea behind this film was to give the audience a movie going experience that they may have never got to see before. The goal I am proud to say was a success; however not many people came to see this experience. Who's to know why "Grindhouse" flopped, my theory is today's ADD movie going audience. Going to the movie's today is like going to a fast food restaurant and ordering the same darn Jason Bourne/National Treasure double cheese burger; "I would like that with ketchup only please".
Seeing "Grindhouse" was one of the best movie experiences I have had in a while. Like I said before the movie is a double feature thrill ride. The first was "Planet Terror".
Planet Terror ~ Two doctors find their graveyard shift with townspeople ravaged by sores, turning them into infected ghouls. Among the wounded is Cherry, a dancer whose leg was ripped from her body. As the infected quickly become enraged aggressors, Cherry and her ex-boyfriend Wray lead a team of accidental warriors into the night.
Rodriguez had made a exploitation movie the only way he knows how, over the top. Filled with action, horror, lots of blood and guts and I wouldn't want it any other way.
Movie number two was Death Proof, a white hot juggernaut of a movie at 200 mph.

In Tarantino's "Death Proof," Austin's hottest DJ, Jungle Julia, sets out into the night to unwind with her two friends Shanna an Arlene. Covertly tracking their moves is Stuntman Mike, a scarred rebel leering from behind the wheel of his muscle car, revving just feet away.

If you watch, watch responsibly and Enjoy!!!!!!!!!

1 comment:

Caleb Cox & Sam Blaine said...

What a great post man. Well done.
This double feature is truly in a category of its own.
Tarantino & Rodriguez are definitely todays artists of film.

I love how they team up and feed off of each others' creative flow. I can just picture them in their own home theater coming up with new ideas all the time. Kind reminds me of COX and me.

--SammyB