This past weekend I took the time to see the lateset Tarantino/Rodriguez film titled Grindhouse. If you don’t know, Grindhouse is really a double feature of two different movies called “Planet Terror” and “Death Proof”. If you are thinking about seeing this double feature, be sure to empty your bladder prior to the showing as you will be sitting through three full hours of movie maddness. And it was all maddness indeed.

The first movie is a throwback to the horror “Night of the living dead” films of yesteryear. It’s even made to look old with crackles, missing reels and scratchy frames. But make no mistake, this is not your daddy’s living dead. It’s bloody, gory, gratuitous, silly, and just a whole lot of fun. In our day and age we think we’ve seen just about every gross scene in films, but this film has a few surprises that will make you look away from the screen as you squirm in your seat. Sometimes some of the stuff in it is so ridiculous it’s down right funny.

After an intermission filled with fake and funningly disturbing movie previews the second film “Death Proof” began. It was a much slower paced film compared to the first movie and there seemed to an effort in character development. Half way through the second film I was confused as to where everything was going. New characters were introduced with more development and it began to feel like a whole ‘nother movie. Fortunately for me, there were cars. Muscle cars that made me stop asking “where is this going” and instead, enjoy the beauty of mopar muscle on the giant movie screen. By the end of the second film I was pleased, there was a great chase scene and a little violence, just enough to round out the evening. I’m trying really hard to not give anything away, so if I seem a bit vague it’s because I am.

If you like over the top gore and violence wrapped with confusing character development and big block engines, then grindhouse is just the thing for you. It’s quirky and funky, but overall a great time. Just don’t bring your 6 year old… someone did when we went. 99% of it is not suited for kids. Other than that, go see it.


  1. Phil said,

    April 17, 2007 @ 9:20 pm

    I give it a thumbs up. I want to see Machete!

  2. mego said,

    April 18, 2007 @ 9:11 am

    i think i’ll pass. call me crazy.

  3. EsoPhil said,

    April 18, 2007 @ 11:35 am

    Me too, brown belt Mego.

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