I just loved the fact that there isn't a big window scene in the film—it's all based around the spin and the voiceover not really telling you what the hell is going on in the film. Eli Roth 's contribution is a promo for the slasher opus Thanksgiving. The design for the titles in Thanksgiving was based on a Mad magazine slasher parody titled Arbor Day. According to Roth, "My friend Jeff, who plays the killer pilgrim — we grew up in Massachusetts , we were huge slasher movie fans and every November we were waiting for the Thanksgiving slasher movie.
We had the whole movie worked out: A kid who's in love with a turkey , and then his father killed it, and then he killed his family and went away to a mental institution and came back and took revenge on the town. I called Jeff and said, 'Dude, guess what, we don't have to make the movie, we can just shoot the best parts. Every shot is decapitation or nudity.
It's so ridiculous, it's absurd. It's just so wrong and sick that it's right. Roth's fake trailer contained elements that almost earned Grindhouse an NC rating, including a cheerleader simultaneously stripping, bouncing on a trampoline and getting stabbed in the vulva , and three decapitations ; the first victim dressed as a pilgrim turkey at a parade gets decapitated and his headless body stumbles around in an exaggerated manner, the second occurs as the victim's girlfriend performs fellatio on him, and the last decapitation occurs on a man while he is being kissed by a female victim.
According to Roth, "Instead of seeing it spread out in a feature, watching it all jammed together non-stop makes it more shocking. But we had a great discussion with the ratings board. Once they saw it with all the bad splices and the distress and scratches they were fine with it. Some screenings of Grindhouse mainly in Canada also featured a fake trailer for a film titled Hobo with a Shotgun. In the trailer, he is shown killing numerous persons, ranging from armed robbers to corrupt cops to a pedophilic Santa Claus. In , the trailer was made into a full-length feature film starring Rutger Hauer as the hobo, with David Brunt playing a dirty cop.
The idea for Grindhouse came to Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino when Tarantino set up screenings of double features in his house, complete with trailers before and in between the films. During one screening in , Rodriguez noticed that he owned the same double feature movie poster as Tarantino for the films Dragstrip Girl and Rock All Night.
Hey, why don't you direct one and I'll do the other? The film's name originates from the American term for theaters that played "all the exploitation genres: Rodriguez first came up with the idea for Planet Terror during the production of The Faculty: I said, 'We've got to be there first. It was about 30 pages, and I said to them, 'There are characters for all of you to play.
The introduction was about as far as I'd gotten, and then I got onto other movies. Sure enough, the zombie [movie] invasion happened and they all came back again, and I was like, 'Ah, I knew that I should've made my zombie film. As Planet Terror took shape, Tarantino developed the story for Death Proof , based on his fascination for the way stuntmen would "death-proof" their cars. This inspired Tarantino to create a slasher film featuring a deranged stuntman who stalks and murders sexy young women with his "death-proof" car. And if you break that up, you aren't really doing it anymore.
It's inorganic, so I realized—let me take the structure of a slasher film and just do what I do. My version is going to be fucked up and disjointed, but it seemingly uses the structure of a slasher film, hopefully against you. According to Rodriguez, "[Tarantino] had an idea and a complete vision for it right away when he first talked about it. He started to tell me the story and said, 'It's got this death-proof car in it. And Final Destination 2 had a magnificent car action piece.
In between that, not a lot. Every time a stunt happens, there's twelve cameras and they use every angle for Avid editing, but I don't feel it in my stomach. Quentin was on set a lot.
He had notes and adjustments to our performances and he changed lines every once in a while. So it's really both of their brainchild. So much so that we didn't actually see each other's movie completed until three weeks before the film opened. It was as if we worked in little vacuums and cut our movies down, and then put them together and watched it all play, and then made a couple of little changes after that, and pretty much that was it.
Many of the cast members had previously worked with both directors. She was eventually cast in the role of a customer in the opening sequence of Sin City. Parks first portrayed the role in From Dusk Till Dawn. The first time the two characters appeared together was in Tarantino's Kill Bill. Tarantino himself plays small roles in both segments of Grindhouse , and director Eli Roth , who contributed the fake trailer Thanksgiving and whose film Hostel was produced by Tarantino, has a cameo in Death Proof.
Tarantino attempted to cast both Kal Penn  and Sylvester Stallone  in Death Proof , but both were unable to work due to prior commitments. In an interview, Tarantino revealed that he decided to cast Kurt Russell as the killer stunt driver because "for people of my generation, he's a true hero When is Kurt Russell going to be a badass again? Rodriguez later revealed that he cast Rose McGowan as Cherry Darling in response to McGowan's blacklisting from Weinstein productions following Harvey Weinstein 's alleged sexual assault of her.
Rodriguez and Tarantino each acted as cinematographer on their segments. Although Rodriguez had previously worked as the cinematographer on six of his own feature films, Death Proof marked Tarantino's first credit as a cinematographer. The director of photography for Eli Roth's fake trailer Thanksgiving was Milan Chadima, whom Roth had previously worked with on Hostel.
Though set in the modern day, the film uses various unconventional techniques to make the films look like those that were shown in grindhouse theaters in the s. Throughout both feature-length segments and the fake trailers, the film is intentionally damaged to make it look like many of the exploitation films of the s, which were generally shipped around from theater to theater and usually ended up in bad shape.
To reproduce the look of damaged film reels in Planet Terror , five of the six 25,frame reels were edited with real film damage, plug-ins, and stock footage. Planet Terror makes heavy use of digital effects throughout the film. Perhaps the most notable effect is Cherry's Rose McGowan fake leg. To accomplish the fake leg that Cherry sports after her accident, during post-production the effects teams digitally removed McGowan's right leg from the shots and replaced it with computer-generated props—first a table leg and then an M16 rifle.
During shooting for these scenes, McGowan wore a special cast which restricted her leg movement to give her the correct motion, and helped the effects artists to digitally remove it during post-production. During editing, Tarantino and Rodriguez came up with the idea of inserting "missing reels" into the film. But it's really interesting because after the missing reel, you don't know if he slept with a girl or he didn't because she says he did and he says that he didn't.
It leaves you guessing, and the movie still works with 20 minutes gone out of it. We've got to have a missing reel! Suddenly, though, in the third act, all bets are off and it's a whole new story anyway. On the editing of Death Proof , Tarantino stated "There is half-an-hour's difference between my Death Proof and what is playing in Grindhouse. I cut it down to the bone and took all the fat off it to see if it could still exist, and it worked.
Grindhouse is rated R in the United States for "strong graphic bloody violence and gore, pervasive language , some sexuality , nudity , and drug use ". On March 15, , The New York Post reported that the film would possibly require heavy and extensive cuts in order to avoid an NC rating.
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Ain't It Cool News reported that according to Tarantino, only minimal cuts were made which ended up totaling 20 seconds. The music for Planet Terror was composed by Rodriguez. Inspiration for his score came from John Carpenter , whose music was often played on set. The soundtrack for Death Proof consists entirely of non-original music, including excerpts from the scores of other films.
Soundtrack albums for both segments were released on April 3, Grindhouse did not perform well at the box office,  surprising box office analysts and fans alike given the strong reviews and favorable media buzz. The opening weekend box office total stood below not only the second weekends of Blades of Glory and Meet the Robinsons , but also fell below the opening weekend gross of the poorly reviewed Are We Done Yet?
In an attempt to explain the film's disappointing opening weekend, box office analyst Brandon Gray suggested that Grindhouse "suffered the usual horror comedy dilemma that afflicted Snakes on a Plane and Slither among others: Others attributed the film's disappointing opening to the timing of Easter weekend, noting that the weekend is more tailored for family-oriented films or light-comedy, not exploitative horror films.
Quentin Tarantino was quoted as saying about the film's box office results, "It was disappointing, yeah. But the movie worked with the audience. The actress had previously accused Weinstein of raping her.
The site's consensus reads, " Grindhouse delivers exhilarating exploitation fare with wit and panache, improving upon its source material with feral intelligence. Awarding the film three stars out of four , Berardinelli found the film to be "cinema as an expression of pulp with attitude The critics who did not like the film were not amused by the film's graphic and comical violence, with Larry Ratliff of San Antonio Express-News noting that "this ambitious, scratched and weathered venture never manages a real death grip on the senses.
It was called the Grindhouse, movies featuring unbridled sexuality and hardcore tropes:
Scott of The New York Times noted that "[a]t a certain point in Death Proof the scratches and bad splices disappear, and you find yourself watching not an arch, clever pastiche of old movies and movie theaters but an actual movie. He gave Grindhouse as a whole two and a half stars out of four, awarding Planet Terror two stars and Death Proof three stars. Ebert also noted the irony of grindhouse films largely being superseded by many big-budget R-rated mainstream films that included a great deal of nudity and graphic violence.
Critics generally enjoyed the fake trailers. Geoff Pevere of the Toronto Star wrote that the use of the trailers helps the film establish "its credibility as both mock-artifact and geeky fetish object even before the opening feature. Outside the US and Canada, Planet Terror and Death Proof were released separately in extended versions, approximately two months apart. While the separated version of Planet Terror includes the Machete trailer, none of the other fake trailers were included when the features were released individually.
In reaction to the possibility of a split in a foreign release, Tarantino stated "Especially if they were dealing with non-English language countries, they don't really have this tradition So you are kind of trying to teach us something else. Death Proof was screened in Europe in the extended version that was presented in competition at the Cannes film festival.
The additional material includes scenes that were replaced in the American theatrical release version with a "missing reel" title card, such as the lap dance scene. A total of about 27 minutes were added for this version. However, from January 17, , Grindhouse had limited screenings.
The trailers were omitted from Death Proof , with the exception of Machete which was from Planet Terror. Both were two-disc special editions featuring extended versions of the films.
The Blu-ray edition of Planet Terror also contained a "scratch-free" version of the film that removed much of the damage effects,  while the Blu-ray edition of Death Proof only contained the "damaged" version of the film. The first disc of the 2-disc set contains Death Proof and Planet Terror , along with the faux trailers, including the "trailer" for Machete. All of the extras from the previous individual DVD releases were included, however none of the extras from the Special Edition Blu-ray were included.
In , Rodriguez wrote and co-directed a feature-length adaptation of his fake trailer, Machete.
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Many of the original actors from the trailer returned to their roles for it. At the end of the film, the announcer says that there would be two sequels: Machete Kills and Machete Kills Again. Soon afterward, Rodriguez confirmed that the financing for the sequels was in place, and that once everyone was free, they could begin shooting.
The director of a trailer that played in some theaters in the United States and Canada mainly the latter , Hobo with a Shotgun , Jason Eisener , also made a feature-length adaptation of it. Rutger Hauer replaced Dave Brunt as the titular character, though Brunt does make a cameo as a corrupt cop. These two adaptations received mainly positive reviews, with the general consensus being that they were cartoonishly enjoyable and gleefully violent homages to their reasons for being.
Our goal in creating Grindhouse was to produce a virtual instrument that had the same feel as those old exploitation films: This library is a collection of instruments that sound like they were sampled from old vinyl LPs and recorded off a bad copy of an obscure s exploitation film. The instruments that we sampled for Grindhouse were chosen because they have a truly distinctive sound and character. We used old instruments, cheap instruments, and instruments that most sensible people would have probably taken to a music store for repairs, or thrown in the trash in fact, at least two of the instruments in this product were recovered from a town dump.
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We watched a lot of old exploitation films from the s, and set out to replicate some of the vocal and instrument sounds that were used in those films. Take a look at the patch list below and you'll find such B-Movie soundtrack classics as Spaghetti Western Electric Guitar, Melodramatic String Section, s Cliche Jungle Movie Drums, several patches of audio clips taken from actual public domain Grindhouse flicks, and lots more. Whether you're a songwriter, a producer, or a composer working on TV, film, or video games, Grindhouse can be used to add grit and character to your music.
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