Death Proof (2007)

Mike Matei / October 27th, 2014

Quentin Tarantino’s most underrated and misunderstood film about a killer played by Kurt Russell who murders his victims with his car.

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  • Rag

    October 27, 2014 at 3:32 am

    oh hey I just saw this appear after watching the last one. started watching tarantino movies last year with some former friends but never finished. will have to give this a look.

    • xombium

      October 27, 2014 at 9:25 am

      where’s today’s james and mike, you judas??

    • jasonjrf

      October 27, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      also watch Planet Terror that one is better IMO this and planet terror are both great though

      • Rag

        October 27, 2014 at 3:27 pm

        I saw Planet Terror. A friend wanted to watch it years ago, and I agree with James’s assessment of it. It’s pretty much what you would expect and the same thing every time.

      • M. Ryan

        April 8, 2015 at 11:42 pm

        People think it’s better because it has more action, but it is a more simple film overall.

  • October 27, 2014 at 3:39 am

    This movie is boner juice

  • Niche

    October 27, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Glad to hear you say this. I’ve been loving this movie and no one seems to get it. Agreed

    • October 27, 2014 at 8:01 am

      Oh we get it, but we don’t get the ending which is poorly setup and executed, the victim becoming the victor is getting old and the pandering to the girl power crowd was nauseating, we get that he tried and he failed to deliver on what he wanted.

      • Nick Vargas

        October 27, 2014 at 12:48 pm

        How was he pandering to the “girl power crowd”? Just because the main protagonists were stunt women? Can you not handle strong women in your movies? *Eyeroll* Laaaame…

      • October 27, 2014 at 2:41 pm

        Actually that movie is intended to be feminist, or “girl power”, off course it is. But it is evidently sexist, in a involuntary way, witch makes it even more funny. The conversation the girls have is just hilariously sexist.

      • Greg Greg

        October 19, 2015 at 6:20 am

        Oh, wow, Nick Vargas. Aren’t you a complete, fucking white knight.

        I’m sorry, but Realist Reviewer is entirely correct. “Girl Power” is some of the most offensive drivel that has ever been vomited unto cinema. And this movie is no different. The audience agreed. The critics agreed. It’s a bad concept, and Tarantino failed in his attempt.

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    October 27, 2014 at 4:18 am

    This movie is cool beans, and i did watch Planet Terror and Death Proof separately but, unlike the majority of people, i love Death Proof and have rewatched it, while Planet Terror goes a little bit awol after a while and you don’t really have characters in that movie. Well, the Tarantino cameo is probably the best part of it. Cannot forget that.

  • Alex Barrera

    October 27, 2014 at 4:57 am

    Great review! Have you ever seen “Cronos (1993)”from Guillermo Del Toro. It´s about vampires. I highly recommended it.

  • October 27, 2014 at 5:18 am

    Oh shit I remember this. I haven’t seen it since like 2007. I remember thinking it was pretty creative how he kills his victims but I don’t remember the movie as a whole leaving a big impression on me. It’s like 7 years later though, maybe it’s time to give it another chance.

  • October 27, 2014 at 5:54 am

    That’s the thing about Tarantino movies; whether I love ’em straight away or I come out disappointed, they only ever seem to get better with each viewing. That said, I still think Death Proof is his weakest film overall , but even on a bad day Tarantino outclasses nearly everybody else out there.

  • Fred . Fuchs

    October 27, 2014 at 5:55 am

    I agree with your review, but I don’t consider it an horror movie. I hope you will review Christine, Misery, Cube, The Road or The Blair Witch Project.

    • Spottedfeather

      October 27, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      Except that Cube isn’t a horror movie, either.

  • Meyer Felizian

    October 27, 2014 at 6:48 am

    What is wrong with the video? It keeps buffering and stoping and my internet connection isn’t bad

  • Sean Smith

    October 27, 2014 at 7:07 am

    nice

  • Cobra Verde

    October 27, 2014 at 7:33 am

    This movie is not underrated; in fact, this movie is a joke: is made to twist your nerves and bring you where the direcor wants.

    What’s the problem with this? It’s simple: Tarantino has already done it with Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill; in Death Proof he simply reapeats all of the cliches of his cinema: the long dialogues, the violence, the references and quotations to the cinema of the 70’s and so on.

    Death Proof it’s like a loop where all his obsessions are combined into one feature; that’s why it’s borign: apart from the action scense, it is nothing new in hi carrer; and that’s why Inlourous Basterd and Django Unchained are so different from all the others movie of Tarantino: his original style died with Death Proof, now he is evolved into someone else, a director who doesn’t care about his audience, but only about his movie.

    And that’s why IB and DU are his true masterpieces.

    • October 27, 2014 at 8:03 am

      The ending was so predictable and cliche it was painful to watch, some good points you make about him repeating his obsessions, he also repeats cliches and sets them up with very poor execution, so you end up feeling storry for Kurt.

  • H53287la

    October 27, 2014 at 7:44 am

    It’s not bad, but it’s still his least good film.

  • videogamehunter820

    October 27, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Okay, I’m not trying to sound like a sexist jerk but I would never watch this movie b/c of that ending. While the rest of the movie seems to be solid, that fucking ending really ruins the whole movie. To build up a great villain (with an unbelievable actor) just to turn him into a pussy faced bitch is atrocious. What’s next? Are we going to have Dracula suddenly start crying and begging when he’s about to lose? It ruins the rest of the movie for me. It takes everything that made the villain threatening and flushes it down the toilet. Now if it was meant to be a joke, I don’t enjoy that kind of “joke”. Now if you like the movie, that’s cool. I totally see why you would it looked awesome. But for me, the ending ruins it (and a disappointing ending rarely ruins a movie for me). I think the ending could have turned into a battle of wits. The girls and Mike are both crazy (in their own ways) so it could have turned into a game where the best gambler wins. This is my opinion.

    • October 27, 2014 at 8:11 am

      Nah it’s not sexist, in fact it’s insulting to women to have these girl power stereotypes win in such an unbelievable and cowardly way, Kurt should have gone down a bad ass, making the ladies victory all the sweeter.

      They also made the group of ladies so unlikable and you ended up on Kurts side! which just made you feel sad to see him like that, such a fail of a movie.

  • FullMetalHobbit

    October 27, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I fucking love this movie, its much much better than planet terror and the car chase is one of if not THE best of all time. Kurt Russell is cool as shit it has hot women and that car is rad what’s not to like? I disagree with it being Tarantinos best as it is far from a perfect movie with some odd pacing and some of the characters seem out of place, where as Pulp Fiction IS a perfect movie and will always be his best. But for horror/slasher fans this movie is cool and has a great soundtrack too

  • Don Skiver

    October 27, 2014 at 9:11 am

    I have *always* had a “love/hate” relationship with Tarantino films. I either hate to love them, or I love to hate them. For me, there doesn’t seem to be anything else in between.

    I haven’t seen Death Proof yet, but all I heard from people was how shitty the ending was, and a bad ending completely ruins a story for me and pisses me off to the point where I don’t ever want to watch/read it again.

    But…I trust James’ judgement…and if he says the movie has merit then I guess I’ll keep an open mind and give it a shot.

  • October 27, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Aw man that is awesome to include Death Proof I love it too.
    Its like the lap dance is the half way mark too.. splits it up nicely

  • Alex Row

    October 27, 2014 at 9:30 am

    I found the self-indulgent Tarantino dialogue pretty irritating in this one.

  • Satnav

    October 27, 2014 at 10:25 am

    The car chase parts of Death Proof were fun, but the rest felt a bit too self-indulgent and dull. What was the point of emulating all the editing of those seventies schlock films, when he’s not actually a low-budget director from that time? And then not being at least consistent with it? There’s homage, and then there’s screwing about. Something Django Unchained was a much superior movie, where Tarantino nicely homages spaghetti westerns like Good Bad and Ugly and blaxploitation as well without having to precisely replicate their editing or some shit, and still giving it his own footprint.

    I get what James is saying, but Death Proof isn’t consistent enough to rank close to Tarantino’s best.

  • Cilliandrew

    October 27, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Totally agree with your underrated-rating, James. I will never understand why this movie isn’t more beloved. Russell is incredible, the chase-sequence THE best ever filmed, and one of the greatest examples of atmosphere and build-up that i’ve ever seen.

  • maximuscesar

    October 27, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Man, two words for this movie: Vanessa Ferlito. Nothing else matters.

  • October 27, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Tarantino’s obsession with female feet is all over this movie. The movie even starts with looking at feet on a dashboard for 5 minutes lol! I’ll admit. While not a hardcore foot fetish guy. I love women and by that I mean from head to toe. A Woman with a nice pedicure is appreciated and can be sensual to look at to me, depending on my mood. That being said it also depends on the feet. While to the casual observe all feet can look alike, to me I can tell them apart. For example Uma Thurman in Kill Bill has nasty man feet, imo. Tarantino doesn’t seem to have a preference though. He likes all female feet regardless I suppose. It’s interesting to me how he’s managed to interwoven his fetish into his films.

    • SUP3RFLYSAMURA1

      October 27, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      Interesting. Must do more research.

  • Kermit Rodriguez

    October 27, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    James check out a movie form 1971 called Duel is something like this all in the road.

  • October 27, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Great movie, specially when watched separately.

  • SUP3RFLYSAMURA1

    October 27, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Both Grindhouse movies are awesome in their own way. I love that they brought back the double feature exploitation film because I wasn’t around when those existed. It’s for our generation. All the characters are badass too. El Ray and Cherry. Stuntman Mike and the girls that kick his ass in the end. Watching these films are an experience. That’s what going to the movies should be. Here’s to Robert Rodriguez and Tarantino for bringing it back and to James for reviewing it.

  • October 27, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I agree Death Proof is severely underrated, but I can’t go with you all the way to it being the best Tarantino film.

    That’s quite the stretch when we are talking about the man who created Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill.

    • maximuscesar

      October 27, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      This movie is really very underrated but still, if we put all Tarantino’s movies in a grade, the “least good” of all.

  • October 27, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I really don’t see see how you can rank Stuntman Mike as one of the greatest villains ever due to relying on his social skills.

    I think most psychopath villains blow him away in that area. Lecter and Bateman to name two the come to mind.

    • maximuscesar

      October 27, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Even Colonel Hans Landa is more a hell of a villain than Stuntman Mike. But we have to respect James’ personal opinion.

  • K W

    October 27, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I honestly can’t agree that this is a good movie. At least you mention that the dialogue is boring and bullshit. But you almost down play just how much of the movie is boring conversations. Essentially the entirety of the action is shown in this preview. If you want to see the movie just imagine an additional hour and a half of boring ass dialogue between these girls. And as mentioned, the ending was so bad that it sealed the deal for me. I hated it, all I remember is shouting “why is Kurt Russel being such a pussy”

  • Claude Lilford

    October 27, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    You know I really don’t get the big wig Film Critics;
    Robert Rodriquez and Quentin Tarantino made no secret of the fact that Grindhouse was supposed to be a throwback to the grindhouse drive-in movie era of the seventies, It’s even called ‘Grindhouse’. You have to go into this with that mindset, you have to go in knowing your watching a throwback to sleazy old drive-in cinema quality films.
    So why in the hell did critics like Ebert pan this film? How can you possibly look at a movie that sets out to be low budget and sleazy with the same frame of mind that you would review an artsy Frensh movie?
    This is the kind of thing that inspired the Cinema Snob.

  • SpeedyEric

    October 27, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I also like Death Proof as much as Planet Terror, and I agree that the climax has one of the best chase scenes in current cienma.

  • CrushingC10996WM

    October 27, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Tarantino is the man

  • October 27, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Its probably been mentioned but Tarantino himself thinks Deathproof is his worst movie. I would be closer to you James and disagree with him. I do like Deathproof. Not my favorite Tarantino, but I like it.

  • Squall85

    October 27, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    These movies are awesome! I saw them both side by side and even though Death Proof is a bit slow, I really appreciated the killing scenes. I saw it again not long ago in TV but it was censored so the actual crash was cut short and there was no 5 playback and flinging legs… 🙁

  • Spottedfeather

    October 27, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    How in the world is Death Proof in Monster Madness ? I thought Monster Madness was supposed to be about classic scary movies about vampires, zombies, monsters, haunted houses, and werewolves ?

  • Mega-Gojira

    October 27, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Awesome!!!!!

  • October 27, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    After an empirical observation, I´m sure I don´t like Tarantinos movies, and I think he´s totally overrated.
    Different folks, different strokes, I guess.

  • October 27, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    I was thinking about whether you’d do this one today before I saw it but figured you wouldnt because you already did a Grindhouse review but I was pretty surprised when I found out I predicted correctly

  • October 27, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    TOP 3 car chase scene in the movies, to me 🙂

  • Ace

    October 27, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Only movie I know of to effectively blend splatter film with car-porn. The Charger, Mustang and Challenger (even the Nova for that matter) were at least as sexy as the girls themselves.

  • October 27, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    I don’t know, James. This movie really doesn’t scream slasher to me. It’s a mind teasing suspenseful thriller more than anything else. Slashers usually involve far more bodies to begin with, and the predator usually teases their prey a whole lot more before they kill their victims. Stuntman Mike didn’t really tease his prey too much. Yes, he followed them–making one girl feel kind of uneasy–but he didn’t really put that much fear into them. Also, the four girls didn’t really see their deaths coming until the very end. They weren’t running in fear like you’d see in a normal slasher movie. And let’s not forget that Stuntman Mike was killed far too easily, and acted too wimpy when the table was turned on him. It was a good review, don’t get me wrong, I just feel this movie is closer to a suspenseful thriller rather than a slasher movie.

  • October 27, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    I had to stop the video. Haven’t seen this one!

  • October 27, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Not watched yet but expectation raising!

  • AxBunny

    October 27, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I wanted to like Death Proof, but the ending killed it for me. I had a hard time believing that a veteran stunt man turned psychotic maniac would turn into such a wimp so easily. Tarantino has a bad habit of hamming up films with ‘ass kicking chicks’ anyway, and in this case it really did a film with lots of potential a big disservice.

  • Necramonium

    October 27, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Wtf? Is he seriously running out of movies to review? This movie falls under the Action/Thriller genre. It has nothing to do with horror!

  • Jimmy Reed

    October 27, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    I agree. Best car chase scene of all time.

  • marclawson

    October 27, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Best Car chase EVER? Hardly. What about Bullet, French Connection, Terminator, etc. This movie was full of bullshit dialogue, character inconsistencies, and Tarantino’s ham-handed, desperate attempt to prove he is a feminist.

  • DirkFunk

    October 28, 2014 at 1:47 am

    Does anyone know the name of film with that blue face guy yelling?

  • PresidentJenkins

    October 28, 2014 at 2:05 am

    Good movie for sure. It’s been a while since I’ve seen both but I do this there were more Grindhouse type of movies. I feel like it’s a formula that could work if they at least cut out 15 minutes or so from the movie. Death Proof was something that easily could have benefited from some cuts and making the long wait a bit more bearable for those who don’t really don’t like sitting in a movie theater for too long. If Grindhouse was just thirty or sixty minutes shorter, I feel like it would have been more successful in my opinion. Although as standalone films, they’re both fun to watch.

  • October 28, 2014 at 2:28 am

    I loved Death proof, But I am a pretty big Tarantino fan.

  • diddymuck

    October 28, 2014 at 4:42 am

    another ripoff by Rent-One Tear-A-Ton-Off

  • diddymuck

    October 28, 2014 at 4:44 am

    Looks a lot like The Hitcher meets Faster Pussycat Kill Kill.

    • diddymuck

      October 28, 2014 at 4:49 am

      with a slice of Angel’s Revenge thrown in. Rent-one Tear-a-ton-off steals steals steals.

  • October 28, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Anyone who think’s that Kurt Russell’s character should have been more bad ass should remember that this guy victim were girls. How bad ass is that? A good film in my opinion. Underrated.

  • October 28, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    If Kurt Russel didn’t die in the end, and was the winner in the end, it would be much, much better…

  • October 29, 2014 at 2:38 am

    JUST WHEN I WAS THINKING MONSTER MADNESS 2014 WAS INFERIOR TO PREVIOUS YEARS YOU COMPLETELY REDEEMED YOURSELF WITH THIS REVIEW JAMES. WELL DONE SIR. YOU NAILED THIS ONE.

  • Shane

    October 29, 2014 at 2:47 am

    Fucking love this movie. Tarantino is a genius.

  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    October 29, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    This one doesn’t particularly seem like Monster Madness material.

  • skwij

    October 30, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Interesting. I skipped this one pretty much because of everyone else griping about it, and Kurt Russell as a bad guy… I may have to change that. Thanks!

  • TagaZok

    October 30, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Saw that in theater and went through the 3 hr film totally satisfied! The double feature idea was to me a great experience. I liked those two a lot and I got a little crush for death proof too .

  • October 31, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I really hate this flick. Troll 2 is a masterpiece compared to this shit.

  • lotusclown

    November 1, 2014 at 4:17 am

    would have been MUCH better and more satisfying if he had killed those bitches in the end, i mean c’mon isn’t that what guilty pleasure type movies are supposed to do? let the villain win!? lol had it ended like that i would have loved it but the chicks kicking his ass in the end just ruined it for me..

  • March 28, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    so james I found a really cool movie you should check out called wolf cop its really freaking awesome and since its alot like a troma film you should really check it out

  • M. Ryan

    April 8, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Kurt Russell acted the shit out of this movie. He nailed it and was the defining character.

  • July 3, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Awesome movie!

  • littlejake98

    July 5, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    I love your work James but saying Death Proof is Tarantinos best movie is ridiculous and this is coming from someone who likes Death Proof.I also disagree with you saying Stuntman Mike is the best horror movie villain since Dracula simply because he blends in to society.Uh,have you ever seen American Psycho with the main thing with Patrick Bateman having a double life and having him unsuspecting as a serial killer with his ability to blend in society.I love your videos James but this is one case where i disagree with you highly.I do agree with you however that Death Proof is better than people say it is as I rather enjoy the film but I still do think it is Tarantinos worst.This just goes to show that even Tarantinos worst is still really good proving how great of a director he is.

  • Stephanie Cutrere

    August 18, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Jungle Julia and her friends die. Serves them right for their blasphemy against Pete Townshend and The Who.

  • Callum Hall

    December 11, 2015 at 1:36 am

    Another great car movie that I recommend is 1983 John Carpenter film, Christine. It was originally a Steven King novel and is one hell of movie.

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