Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Capital Celluloid - Day 193: Thursday July 14

Grindhouse (Tarantino & Rodriguez, 2007) 6.30pm & Hobo With A Shotgun (Eisener, 2010) 10.10pm
Prince Charles Cinema 

Now this is clever. A triple-bill consisting of the Grindhouse double-bill of Planet Terror and Death Proof plus Hobo With A Shotgun, based on the winning trailer of the same name from director Robert Rodriguez's South by Southwest festival Grindhouse trailers contest.

The groundbreaking feature from directors Quentin Tarantino and Rodriguez combines two exploitation flicks with fake trailers and adverts purporting to be from the 1970s ‘Grindhouse’ era. Rodriguez’s ‘Planet Terror’ sees blood-crazed zombies take over a town, while Tarantino’s ‘Death Proof’ is a high octane serial killer flick about a deadly car.

Here's Robert Abele's take on Hobo With A Shotgun in the LA Times:

'Emboldened by gutter-minded revenge flicks of the '70s and '80s and the hilarious "gore-gies" of Peter Jackson's early days, director Jason Eisener and screenwriter John Davies — expanding a fake trailer that became a YouTube hit — bring a grizzled rail-rider (Rutger Hauer) into a criminally terrorized urban hellhole run by a sadistic family whose sadistic sons dress like sunglasses-and-smiles-era Tom Cruise as they gleefully behead, maim and cruelly use skate blades on citizens.

Entrails, vileness and atrocities abound here (including a questionable moment of school bus villainy), so this isn't every popcorn aficionado's cup of tea. But as gonzo ephemera it's a spirited example of the cohesive chaos that give certain midnight movies the thrill of extreme sport.'


Here's the famous scene from Death Proof featuring Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch on the sundtrack.

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