Gory zombies, fast cars and a bunch of trailers make for good times . . . . .
It seems pointless to review Grindhouse after separately reviewing both Planet Terror and Death Proof (the two films by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, respectively, that make up the bulk of this feature) but it IS a very different beast in this form.
I won’t go into too much detail. The movie’s first half is Rodriguez’s zombie carnage and the finale is Tarantino’s tale of mad girl-chaser, Stuntman Mike. If you’ve seen either film then you know what to expect from them.
The fun here is in the way this is all constructed. Along with the previously viewed “Machete” trailer we also get an intermission featuring trailers created by Rob Zombie (that you simply HAVE to watch, if only for the appearance of a certain famous actor playing Fu Manchu), Edgar Wright (the hilarious “Don’t”) and Eli Roth (“Thanksgiving”, which has a few chuckles in there). There’s also some judicious editing that really improves the fun factor of Death Proof here, cutting out a lot of extraneous material and getting to the destructive driving sooner rather than later.
To find a review of the separate features then check out my reviews for them elsewhere but I must say that nothing quite beats seeing everything put together in this bumper package of nostalgia-inducing entertainment. Preferably in a cinema. Preferably at night. Great fun.