Grindhouse is a 2007 action-horror/exploitation double feature co-written, produced, and directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino.
The double-feature consists of two feature-length segments, Rodriguez’s Planet Terror and Tarantino’s Death Proof, and is bookended by fictional trailers for upcoming attractions, advertisements, and announcements.
The film’s title derives from the US film industry term “grindhouse”, which refers to (now mostly defunct) movie theaters specialising in B movies, often exploitation films, shown in a multiple-feature format.
The movie stars Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Michael Biehn, Jeff Fahey, Josh Brolin, Marley Shelton, Naveen Andrews Fergie, Bruce Willis, Kurt Russell, Rosario Dawson, Tracie Thoms, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Zoë Bell.
Rodriguez’s segment, Planet Terror, revolves around an outfit of rebels attempting to survive an onslaught of zombie-like creatures as they feud with a rogue military unit, while Tarantino’s segment, Death Proof, focuses on a misogynistic, psychopathic stunt man who targets young women, murdering them with his “death proof” stunt car. Each feature is preceded by faux trailers of exploitation films in other genres that were developed by other directors.
After the film was released on April 6, 2007, ticket sales performed significantly below box office analysts’ expectations despite mostly positive critic reviews. In much of the rest of the world, each feature was released separately in extended versions. Two soundtracks were also released for the features and include music and audio snippets from the film. This film later found more success on DVD and Blu-ray.
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