"Kill or Be Killed"
What You Need To Know:
PLANET TERROR is a boring, outrageous exploitation flick starring Freddy Rodriguez and Rose McGowan. Its intends gross out the audience with sickening scenes of oozing, decimated body parts. DEATH PROOF is a more interesting, entertaining thriller. It stars Kurt Russell as a charismatic ex-stuntman calling himself Stuntman Mike. DEATH PROOF would have been much less unacceptable were it not for all its crude, foul language and its theme of violent revenge at the end. PLANET TERROR is totally unacceptable viewing and listening. The total MOVIEGUIDE® rating for GRINDHOUSE as a whole is “Two stars, Minus Three.”
(PaPaPa, FeFe, Ho, LLL, VVV, SS, NN, A, DD, MM) Very strong pagan worldview with a kill or be killed and "enjoy life" mentality and a strong feminist attitude conveyed is conveyed, plus brief homosexual lesbian references in PLANET TERROR; at least 86 obscenities (including many "f" words), 20 strong profanities, two light profanities, and obscene gesture in PLANET TERROR and at least 174 obscenities (including many "f" words and "a--" words), nine strong profanities and five light profanities in DEATH PROOF; extreme bloody and gory violence in PLANET TERROR and trailers of fake exploitation movies such as decapitations, heads split open, body parts displayed, diseased blood and body fluids splatter, diseased zombies and diseased people have gruesome open sores, woman's leg amputated and later replaced by a machine gun rifle with grenade launcher, one scene implies little boy accidentally shoots himself in the head dies, dog run over, body parts turn to mush from infectious disease, explosions, etc., and strong violence with some blood for DEATH PROOF including head-on collision as driver of speeding car deliberately rams into another car, woman in driver's unprotected passenger seat banged around and dies, long chase sequence between two speeding cars, woman deliberately rides on the hood of a speeding car for thrills, man shot in shoulder, woman hits man with pipe, and in long shot women beat up, kick and apparently kill man who tried to kill them; depicted fornication, two women kiss and woman is interested in another woman in PLANET TERROR, man flanked by two women with their tops off in fake trailer, and talk about lap dancing and other sexual issues in DEATH PROOF; upper female nudity in PLANET TERROR and in three trailers of fake movies, but no nudity in reduced cut of DEATH PROOF (an extended version apparently will be made of this half of GRINDHOUSE); alcohol use; smoking and use of medical drugs to kill in PLANET TERROR and smoking and marijuana use in DEATH PROOF; and, strong miscellaneous immorality such as marital strife between one couple leads to violence, women go bar hopping, stalking, deceit, revenge, lying, Thanksgiving mocked in trailer for fake horror movie, etc.
GRINDHOUSE is a double feature simulating the experience moviegoers received going to see R-rated exploitation movies in the 1970s. Interspersed with extremely violent fake trailers, the first movie, PLANET TERROR, is a gory horror movie and action thriller about a group of people battling disease-infected zombies written and directed by Robert Rodriguez (SPY KIDS and ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO). The second movie, DEATH PROOF, is a chase thriller about a serial killer who stalks two groups of young women with his car, written and directed by Quentin Tarantino (PULP FICTION and KILL BILL).
PLANET TERROR is a boring, outrageous exploitation flick starring Freddy Rodriguez and Rose McGowan whose main intent seems to be to gross out the audience with sickening scenes of oozing, decimated body parts. People were wildly cheering the first movie’s violent gore, which reminded the MOVIEGUIDE® reviewer of what it must have been like in the Roman Coliseum when the pagans cheered the brutal death of Christians.
DEATH PROOF is a more interesting, provocative thriller. It stars Kurt Russell as a charismatic, macho ex-stuntman calling himself Stuntman Mike. Stuntman Mike mesmerizes a group of young women at a bar in Texas, then stalks and kills them with his car. Cut to a group of women working on an action movie in Tennessee. One of the women, a stuntwoman named Zoe from New Zealand, privately wants to perform a dangerous stunt with a famous muscle car she finds. Stuntman Mike is secretly watching her and her friends. Mike gets more than he bargained for when he tries to run them off the road and kill them.
DEATH PROOF would have been a much less unacceptable vehicle were it not for all its crude, foul language and its theme of violent revenge at the end. The violence and sexual elements in DEATH PROOF are much less extreme, though there is supposed to be an extended version of the movie in Europe and, later, on DVD. PLANET TERROR is totally unacceptable viewing and listening, however. It should be rated NC-17 instead of R. It also contains brief nudity and a scene of depicted fornication. Both movies have a feminist perspective enticing viewers into rooting for strong women who violently defend themselves, but, as culture-wise families know, feminism ultimately is fatal. Also, both movies have a very strong pagan worldview with a kill or be killed and a hedonistic “enjoy life” mentality. There is also brief nudity and extreme violence in the fake trailers in GRINDHOUSE.
The total MOVIEGUIDE® rating for GRINDHOUSE as a whole? Two stars, Minus Three.
Apparently, according to the filmmakers, whom MOVIEGUIDE® interviewed recently, the two movies will be released separately overseas, with additional footage. The additional footage will also be on the DVD release and reportedly contains more sexual content.