- 3 hr 11 min
Grindhouse is a 2007 movie that pays homage to the exploitation films of the 1970s. It is a double feature consisting of two films, Planet Terror and Death Proof, directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino respectively. The movie stars Kurt Russell, Rose McGowan, and Danny Trejo, among others. Planet Terror tells the story of a small town in Texas, which becomes overrun by zombie-like creatures after a military experiment goes wrong. The only hope for the survivors is a group of individuals who band together to try and fend off the horde of monsters. The cast includes Rose McGowan as Cherry, a go-go dancer who loses a leg early in the film and replaces it with a machine gun, and Freddy Rodriguez as El Wray, a mysterious drifter who helps Cherry and the others fight the creatures. Death Proof, on the other hand, is about a psychopathic stuntman named Stuntman Mike, played by Kurt Russell, who uses his car as a weapon to kill young women. However, his plans are thwarted when he tries to take on a group of tough and resourceful women who refuse to be his victims. The cast includes Rosario Dawson, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and ZoÃ« Bell as themselves, a stuntwoman who performs death-defying stunts with her car. The two films are separated by fake trailers for other nonexistent exploitation movies, which were directed by the likes of Rob Zombie, Edgar Wright, and Eli Roth. These trailers are intentionally over-the-top and exaggerated, with plenty of gore and violence. One of the most striking aspects of Grindhouse is its deliberate attempt to replicate the look and feel of grindhouse cinema. The film is intentionally rough around the edges, with scratches, dirt, and other imperfections added to the print to make it look like it was screened in a run-down theater. The dialogue is also deliberately cheesy and hammy, with plenty of overacting and bad jokes. Despite its flaws, Grindhouse was generally well-received by critics and audiences alike. While some felt that the film could have been more consistent in its tone and execution, others appreciated its dedication to the tradition of exploitation cinema. The cast, particularly Kurt Russell and Rose McGowan, were praised for their performances, and the fake trailers were seen as a highlight of the movie. Overall, Grindhouse is a must-see for fans of exploitation cinema and those who enjoy over-the-top, gory movies. The film is not for everyone, however, and those who are easily offended may want to steer clear of it. But if you're in the mood for some good old-fashioned fun and don't mind a bit of blood and gore, then Grindhouse is a film that shouldn't be missed.