Grindhouse (2007)

Mike Matei / April 13th, 2007

Grindhouse Movie Review


  • April 8, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Great stuff!!

  • April 11, 2010 at 5:45 am

    while Planet terror was a great gore/zombie flick,i didnt like Death Prof,the action was decent but the movie just didnt do it for me.

  • April 14, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    This will be one of my alltime highlights when it comes to cinema-experience. 🙂

  • fuzzie

    April 18, 2010 at 2:12 am

    “I was watching this with my girlfriend and she’s like ‘This is such a guys movie’ and I’m like ‘Yeah! It is.'”


  • April 20, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I’m a big fan of director & actor commentary as a special feature on any DVDs I buy. But PLANET TERROR threw me a curveball with its audience reaction commentary track. For anyone who doesn’t know, all it is is audience audio taken from when it played in the theater – all the cheering, laughing, yelling, shit like that.

    It’s a fun little feature and, if you were wise enough to see it in theaters, it will doubtless remind you of what it was like to be in the crowd.

  • A.Regular-Person

    June 6, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    So this is his first review?

    I missed it in theathers, but i’ll defiently watch planet terror, huge zombie fan, don’t know what’s to come, and if the story is crappy, the action scenes will probably make up for it.

  • WatchmenFTW

    August 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    My mum and dad watched Death Proof ages ago, but I don’t know whether they watched Planet Terror as well.

  • redmonth123

    August 18, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I think death Proof was a little slower cause Tarantino wrote it, and if you’ve seen any of his other movies, most of them have pointless dialogue.

  • September 6, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Well got to admit that my personal preference is Planet terror, but then again, who doesn’t like a great gore fest

    For all of us who saw the “fake” Machete trailer, and thought, “that might just be fun family entertainment” well rejoice it’s finally showing in theaters. A must see. its hilarious.

  • venom 51007

    September 6, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Man i wish they could play horror film sequels back to back i could imagine friday the 13th now that would be too long but interseting and according to AVP Alien and Aliens are supposed to be released in theatres again in England as a double feature now one problem…..WHY CAN’T THEY DO IT HERE TO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Guy Incognito

    September 18, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Finally someone that agrees with me that Death Proof was truer to the grindhouse tradition and the best part of the double feature. Almost everybody seems to say Planet Terror, but it was really nothing like those old movies aside from having intentionally messed-up looking film stock.

    Tarantino understands that era of movies and his love for them really comes through in Death Proof in a way that just isn’t there for Rodriguez’s contribution. In fact, I thought the trailer he made for Machete was much more in the spirit of exploitation and I couldn’t help but think he should have made that the feature and Planet Terror the trailer.

  • kawamura2

    October 17, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Annnnnnndddd….They’ve actually made a feature length film of Machete, one of the fake trailers in the grindhouse films. I saw the fake trailer and thought to myself, god damn, they need to make this feature length. And so, they have apparently. I think a few of the other trailers are going to make it to feature length as well, but not sure.

  • kawamura2

    October 17, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    @ Guy Incognito: To be fair, Planet Terror was true to Grindhouse flicks, because there are different sub-genres in there, and horror is definitely part of the Grindhouse scene. I thought the grittiness of Death Proof was supurb though. Personally however, I grew up on the old horror/exploitation genres, so I prefered Planet Terror. I think both films are fantastic, and both captured the spirit of specific genres within grindhouse films.

  • strummerville81

    November 23, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Rose Mcgowan. Fucking hell is she hot. Great flick. I saw the two back to back in the theatres and let me say: That is the way this double feature was intended to be watched! If you saw it on dvd you really missed out on the full effect as Rolfe mentions. One of my all-time favorite movie-going experiences.

    I’m a fan of dialogue-heavy movies. I never felt like the dialogue was over-done in DeathProof. I loved the part where Stunt-Man Mike looks directly into the camera after convincing Pam to let him give her a ride home.

  • limegreensquid

    November 30, 2010 at 8:15 am

    I love both movies, and i really regret never seeing it in the theatres. I wanted to go, but none of my friends did, and i was just like 18 when it came out? Was it 98 or maybe 2000-ish? But the audience reaction track on Planet Terror was really fun.

  • Damperman

    January 19, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    There is a swedish grindhouse movie from 1974 called “Thriller – A cruel picture” , Ive heard that it was the inspiration for kill bill.. In one scene they actually stick a knife into a real eye.. heres the trailer

  • ermac173

    January 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    so no one bothered to mention that machete is now an actual film

  • ermac173

    January 25, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    just that their where rumours

  • ermac173

    January 25, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    *there were
    p.s machete is a great film

  • Fraggie

    March 1, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Great choice for starting this series, I’m currently checking all of these movie reviews. +1 for consistency.

  • alex01axel

    March 4, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    ohh, this makes me kinda mad, but not on the review or on james. i’ts just the town i live in such a small place that we don’t get this kind of movies we didn’t even get the social network. instead we get movies like Narnia and mamma mia.

    this especialy makes me made scince me and my friend is the only two people in the whole town who likes old slow paste movies like ed wood films and hitchcock films.

    arrrrg you Norway

  • TheThrashKing

    April 4, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Planet Terror and the movie previews were the only thing good about this film, I don’t care what ANYBODY says about Death Proof, watching chicks smoke pot and act stupid for an hour just to see a cool car chase is bullcrap.


    May 8, 2011 at 3:37 am

    both movies are great.
    and machete is great as well.
    but the thing that i hate with these 2 movies.
    is that i can’t find a grindhouse box set or something like that i a movie store.
    they only got the 2 movies in split up boxes.
    so that i have to pay double and don’t get the same experience like when the movie was in the theathers.

  • obliterator

    June 17, 2011 at 12:18 am

    This movies are very interesting, they show face to face the great director and screenwriter that is r. rodriguez vs the the downhill and decrepit creativity of tarantino.

    As a great fan of reservoir and pulp, i feel awful seeing the lastest fuck ups of mr. tarantino.

    Jackie brown? boring, but the scenes with de niro saves the flick
    Kill bill? mediocre and bad tasted
    Death proof? brain dead script
    Inglorious? too much intrascendent dialogue, and a little amount of the classic ultraviolence and black humor that tarantino used to have.

  • Costello62787

    July 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    i definitely preferred “Death Proof” because it tried a new way of thrilling the viewer, while as “Planet Terror was just a zombie movie (still awesome though)


      January 16, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      I preferred Death Proof too, although it could’ve been about 40 minutes shorter, and more to the point.

      All the ying, and yang between all those Bimbos?

      I think I might have grown a beard during that part, waiting for the chase scene. Best car chase ever, but still.

      ,,, Hell I sat through Bullet, and the 7 Ups in the Theater, and they both sucked too, except for the chase scene.

      Go see “Drive” Ryan Gosling. it kicks ass.

  • BrendanMillet

    September 22, 2011 at 6:32 am

    I think Tarantino & Rodriguez did an awesome job with these flicks. The trailers were awesome too and really added to the whole grindhouse experience. I’ve got several collections of grindhouse and exploitation movies so it was really cool to see this done right. I started doing a series of short grindhouse movie reviews on YouTube if anyone wants to check them out sometime.


    January 8, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I’m older than most of you here, (51) but hopefully you guys might like to hear my perspective on this, because I used to go to the Drive-In movies back in the 70’s, and saw a lot of true Grindhouse movies. We didn’t call them that back then, but they were known as exploitation flicks. Some were very disturbing. First of all, I think this flick,, “Grindhouse” was pretty cool. It kinda took me back to the old Drive-In, and a lot of memories from long ago started flooding me.

    O.k.,, back then, they would advertise in the news papers a double-feature, that was going to be sooo disturbing, that they pleaded for you not to come! If you did show up, you did at your own risk. They would also have an ambulance there, just in case you wigged out, or something. Of course,, we had no choice. We had to go!!!!.. and yes, sometimes we’d sneak in, in somebodies trunk. Been there, done that. I won’t name them all, but one night we saw “The Corpse Grinders”, and “The Undertaker, and his Pals”. They were both really gross. When I’d get really grossed out, I’d leave the car, and go to the even grosser snack bar. (The Ambulance was there. Off duty EMTs making an extra buck.) I’d get some soggy fries, dowse them in ketchup, and not be able to eat them, because like the movies, they were just too fricking gross!!

    Looking back, it was a lot of fun, and I’m sorry you young folks can’t experience that now.

    Damn,,, I can still smell those fries………

  • eVeseli

    August 18, 2012 at 4:56 am

    And then …. that fake trailer “Machete” became a movie 🙂 Fake trailer huh? 🙂

  • July 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Oh man! I’m so glad I saw this in theaters! This is probably the best experience I’ve had at the movies…Ever! I really need to buy the theatrical release on Blu-ray. I bought the separate releases on DVD when they came out and they had postcards inside with shots from the movies, but the fake trailers were missing. So getting to see the full release again will be great.

  • Iron65

    June 1, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I gotta see this. At least on my tv screen :(. because this type of films seems kind of impossible to be projected on my country…

  • November 4, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    What is the name of that song that plays at the beginning of the video?

  • February 9, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Planet Terror is alright. Death Proof is boring as shit. Tarantino is insanely overrated. Makes the same boring shit over and over, with the same boring dialog and dull action.

  • Brendan Matelan

    August 10, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    At 0:54 to 1:18, does anyone recognize what movies those are?

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