A double-bill of thrillers that recall both filmmakers’ favorite exploitation films. Grindhouse (a downtown movie theater in disrepair since its glory days as a movie palace known for “grinding out” non-stop double-bill programs of B-movies) is presented as one full-length feature comprised of two individual films helmed separately by each director. Death Proof, is a rip-roaring slasher flick where the killer pursues his victims with a car rather than a knife, while Planet Terror shows us a view of the world in the midst of a zombie outbreak. The films are joined together by clever faux trailers that recall the 50s exploitation drive-in classics.
Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, the son of Tony Tarantino, an actor and amateur musician who was born in Queens, New York, and Connie McHugh, a nurse. Tarantino’s father is Italian American and his mother is of Irish and Cherokee ancestry. He was raised by his mother, as his parents separated before his birth. When he was two years old, he moved to Torrance, California and later to the Harbor City neighborhood where he went to Fleming Junior High School in Lomita and took drama classes. He attended Narbonne High School in Harbor City for his freshman year before dropping out of school at age 15, to attend an acting class full time at the James Best Theater Company in Toluca Lake.
At age 22 he worked at the Video Archives, a now-defunct video rental store in Manhattan Beach where he and fellow movie enthusiasts, including Roger Avary, discussed cinema and customer video recommendations at length. He paid close attention to the types of films people liked to rent and… read more
The man behind some of the most innovative, creative, and visually inventive action films of the late ‘90s and early 2000s, director Robert Rodriguez is the epitome of the do-it-yourself attitude and a renaissance man of cinema. Directing, shooting, and editing nearly every one of his films, Rodriguez’s energetic and self-immersing approach to filmmaking has resulted in some of the most stylish and exciting action films in modern cinema.
Born June 20, 1968 into a large family that included ten siblings, Rodriguez was never lacking in inspiration due to the antics of his brothers and sisters and became fascinated with cartooning and filmmaking at an early age. Prompted to jump behind the camera after becoming enamored by John Carpenter’s Escape From New York at age 12, the fledgling director’s brothers and sisters served as a capable cast and crew, and with his father’s Super-8 camera in hand, Rodriguez took his first steps toward auteurhood. Shocked by the cost of developing… read more
Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974) is an English film and television director and writer. He is most famous for his work with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost on the films Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz and TV series Spaced.
Wright was born in Poole, Dorset. He started directing his own films at the age of 14 when he was attending The Blue School, Wells, Somerset and working at the local tourist attraction Wookey Hole Caves. At the age of 20 he made a spoof western, A Fistful of Fingers, which was picked up for a limited theatrical release and broadcast on the British satellite TV channel Sky Movies. He then directed a number of television comedy programmes for the UK’s Paramount Comedy channel and the BBC, including Sir Bernard’s Stately Homes and Asylum, during the production of which he met writer-actors Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes.
In 1999 he joined Pegg and Hynes to create Spaced for Channel 4. Wright gave Spaced an unusual look for the sitcom genre, with dramatic… read more
Ask any horror filmmaker about the influences for their celluloid nightmares and chances are they’ll come back with something about their childhood fears and attempting to realize the things that scare them most. For Hostel and Cabin Fever director Eli Roth it has ultimately become a deeply disturbing mixture of the two. Roth’s proliferation in the horror genre coupled with his giddy willingness to play the role of cinema outlaw came at just the time the PG-13 blues were leading many genre aficionados to wonder if there really were anymore filmmakers out there who were still willing to break the rules.
As a young horror fanatic, the future New York Film School graduate obsessed over keeping pace with the career trajectory of Evil Dead director Sam Raimi. With a target of 21 as the age by which he should direct his first feature, the ambitious 20-year-old sat down to write a script based on a series of frightening medical incidents that happened to him in his youth. Paralyzed… read more
Gleefully anarchic, the long-haired heavy metal rocker-cum-slasher-film-director Rob Zombie sustains an instantly recognizable image on par with his musical contemporaries (and friends), Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne. Long fascinated by Charles Manson, gore films, and the occult, Zombie exudes a dark sensibility that has earned him mainstream success as well as a certain cult following in the film world. Founder of the band White Zombie, the rocker made his name behind the camera not only by directing his group’s music videos, but by designing the surreal “head trip” animated sequence in Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996). His first feature outing came in 2003, with the controversial House of 1000 Corpses, a kind of Texas Chainsaw Massacre update, overloaded with buckets of gore, packed with references to ‘70s and ’80s horror staples, and starring no less than Karen Black. Universal rejected the picture, certain of an NC-17 rating, but Zombie refused to make cuts and… read more
Ever since Jason Eisener can remember, movies have been a huge part of his life. Dartmouth, littered with pawnshops, served as a gold mine for a young horror/sci‐fi obsessed fan & emerging filmmaker. Spending his time, & whetting his appetite on any genre movie he could find, it wasn’t long until he decided to buy a video camera. Jason soon began creating his own films with high school becoming his testing grounds; quickly, he realized that he wanted to entertain people through film for a living.
Jason went on to enroll into the Screen Arts program at the Nova Scotia Community College where he learned every aspect of the film industry, which helped prepare him & the world for his 60‐minute film “Fist of Death.” This zombie action thriller was played to a sold out audience at the Oxford Theater in 2003, and went on to play at numerous universities across Canada.
With underground success Jason was inspired for his follow up film “The Teeth Beneath.” With a budget… read more
It's interesting how Grindhouse works. The films do not work by themselves either depending on your taste or the flaws they each inherit, in my case it is Death Proof especially. But together in the theatrical cut, with the guest-director fake trailers and grind-cinema replicated edits, it's a fucking blast. The entire package is definitely worth the three hours.
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