Director: Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino
Grind House –noun Slang.
Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino are names you can trust. Their products, while not to everyone’s taste are consistently well done. Perhaps not surprisingly, these two have similar influences, namely the b-movie’s that were shown to pass the time for the homeless, the drunks and the perverts in all night theatres.
The films were scratchy, the sound seemed to come from a CB and missing reels were simply accepted. Plot shmot, what the screen offered was gratuitous violence, gratuitous car chases, and buckets of gratuitous blood.
As a tip of the hat to these film’s of yore. Rodriguez and Tarantino created Grindhouse. First out of the gate comes Rodriguez with Planet Terror. Zombies, a one legged machine gun stripper, and blood, blood, blood. Really, how can you go wrong.
Tarantino’s Death Proof is next with lengthy quick chatter, an unbelievable no FX car chase, and plot twists that are is his signature style.
The cherry on this cake are the guest directed trailers. Eli Roth (Hostel),
Edgar Wright, (Shawn of the dead), and my favorite was Machete Staring
the Mexi-Can Danny Trejo. Coming in at three hours this is an epic by
any standards. But if old school b-movies are your cup of tea, you certainly
don’t need me to convince you this is the event of the year.