Grindhouse (film)

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German title Grindhouse
Original title Grindhouse
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2007
length 191 minutes
Age rating FSK 18
Director Main films:
Robert Rodriguez
Quentin Tarantino
Fake trailer :
Rob Zombie
Eli Roth
Edgar Wright
Jason Eisener
script Main films:
Robert Rodriguez
Quentin Tarantino
Fake trailer:
Eli Roth & Jeff Rendell
Rob Zombie
Edgar Wright
production Elizabeth Avellan
Robert Rodriguez
Sandra Condito
Quentin Tarantino
music David Arnold
Tyler Bates
Graeme Revell
Robert Rodriguez
Carl Thiel
camera Milan Chadima
Phil Parmet
Robert Rodriguez
Quentin Tarantino
cut Sally Menke
Ethan Maniquis
Robert Rodriguez

Planet terror

Death Proof

Grindhouse is an American Action Horror - Thriller - Double Feature from directors Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino from the year of 2007.

Grindhouses were called cinemas in the United States in the 1960s and especially 1970s that specialized in B-movies and put two films of one or more genres together as a twin show (known as a "double feature"), along the lines of "two for the price of one ”. The two films were therefore released in a package on April 6, 2007 in US cinemas. However, since most cinema-goers no longer knew that Grindhouse was a double show, many cinema-goers allegedly left the hall after the first film Planet Terror without having seen Tarantino's Death Proof . Because of this, and because an unfavorable start date was chosen with the Easter weekend, the box office results fell far short of expectations; and it was decided to show the two films separately in Europe. Tarantino's Death Proof hit German cinemas on July 19 and Rodriguez's Planet Terror on October 2 . These two versions of the films Planet Terror and Death Proof together have a running time of 215 minutes; the running time of the Double Feature Grindhouse is only 191 minutes.

Due to high demand from Grindhouse fans, one year after the first release was published, the original “Double Feature” was shown in German cinemas for the first time on July 3, 2008.

Planet terror

See main article: Planet Terror

Death Proof

See main article: Death Proof

Fake trailer

For the film, various trailers for non-existent films were invented, which were directed by the directors Eli Roth , Rob Zombie , Edgar Wright and Robert Rodriguez himself. They are all part of the exploitation genre.

Werewolf Women of the SS

The trailer takes place in the Third Reich and is about Hitler's diabolical plan to create a race of superwomen who turn into werewolves . The title alludes to the film Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS .

Directed by Rob Zombie , Nicolas Cage will play as Dr. Fu Manchu , Udo Kier as commandant of death camp 13 and Sheri Moon Zombie and Sybil Danning as SS sisters Eva and Gretchen Krupp. Also starring occur Tom Towles and Bill Moseley and the wrestler Andrew Test Martin and Vladimir Kozlov (Oleg Prudius) on.


A serial killer prefers to behead his victims in love scenes or in public. The trailer is by director Eli Roth , it was written by Roth and his school friend Jeff Rendell. The model is the Halloween series . The actors include Rendell (as the killer) and Roth himself, as well as Jordan Ladd , Jay Hernández and Michael Biehn .


Directed by Edgar Wright , Don't is inspired by Jorge Grau's splatter film The Mortuary of the Living Dead from 1974 . Cast includes Jason Isaacs , Matthew Macfadyen , Katie Melua , Stuart Wilson, and Lucy Punch, and Wright's Shaun of the Dead stars , Simon Pegg and Nick Frost . MyAnna Buring from The Descent can also be seen. The speaker is Will Arnett .


Machete is about a Mexican hit man , played by Danny Trejo , who takes revenge after being betrayed in a criminal deal.

The main character is originally from Rodriguez's 2001 Spy Kids , where Trejo plays a man nicknamed Machete. The trailer also alludes to Rodriguez's film Desperado , in which Trejo wears the same throwing knife belt.

This trailer was made by Robert Rodriguez and was the only trailer shown in the split European version of Grindhouse (right before Planet Terror ), in an extended version. Because Machete was so popular in the US and Canada, Rodriguez decided to turn it into a full movie. Machete opened in US cinemas on September 3, 2010 . In addition to Trejo, u. a. Steven Seagal , Robert De Niro , Jessica Alba , Michelle Rodriguez , Jeff Fahey , Cheech Marin , Don Johnson , Tito Larriva and Lindsay Lohan starred.

Hobo with a shotgun

This trailer was the winner of a trailer competition advertised by Robert Rodriguez and was created by Canadian filmmakers Jason Eisener , John Davies and Rob Cotterill. It is only found on some copies of Grindhouse and has been shown mostly in Canada, but also in a few US cinemas. As in the case of Machete, however, the fake trailer was so well received that Jason Eisener was allowed to make a full-length feature film. The main role as the avenging hobo was filled with Rutger Hauer .

It is about a migrant worker ( hobo ) who buys a shotgun for the last of his money and goes out as a kind of modern Robin Hood and gives a load of shot to anyone who does him or someone else injustice.


  • Filming began on March 20, 2006, with a budget of approximately 53 million US dollars , in Austin and Luling , Texas, among others . Additional locations were in Santa Clarita and Santa Ynez , California in the United States. The film is a co-production by Dimension Films , A Band Apart , Rodriguez International Pictures , Troublemaker Studios and The Weinstein Company distributed by Senator International Films in Germany.
  • Originally, both films were supposed to be 60 minutes long each, but the films ended up being longer. In North America, both films could still be seen as a double film (known from B-movies as a double feature ) together with the wrong trailers, as was originally planned. In the countries outside of North America, however, at the request of the producers and directors, both parts were only shown in theaters as separate films. The Machete trailer was shown there before Planet Terror began , while Death Proof did not contain any trailers.
Rodriguez and Tarantino after receiving their Scream Awards in three categories.
  • After problems with the MPAA , which wanted to give an NC-17 rating because of extreme violence and nude scenes in the trailers and would only have allowed an R rating against editing requirements , the film was now given an R rated at the urging of Rodriguez and Tarantino . For this only minor cuts were made. Tarantino lost parts of an accident scene and Rodriguez lost parts of a brain-eating scene.
  • Planet Terror in Grindhouse is about 80 minutes long. The international version of the film is 102 minutes long, which is over 20 minutes longer.
  • The Grindhouse version of Death Proof is around 90 minutes long, while the international version, which was also shown in Cannes, has a playing time of 113 minutes, which is also over 20 minutes longer.
  • Like all of his other films since Spy Kids, Rodriguez no longer shot on film, but on Sony digital cinema cameras from the HDCAM series. Tarantino stayed with film, but now expressed an interest in working digitally.
  • Quentin Tarantino is a muscle car fan. Many of the muscle cars were therefore taken from well-known road movies, which are also mentioned in Death Proof . Stuntman Mike drives a tuned and modified 1971 Chevrolet Nova SS and a 1969 Dodge Charger , known from the films Bullitt (1968) and Kesse Mary - Mad Larry (1974), both in black paintwork. The girls drive a yellow 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 from the film Die Blechpiraten (original title: Gone in 60 Seconds , 1974), as well as a white 1970 Dodge Challenger , known from the road movie Vanishing Point San Francisco (1971) , for a test drive . Stuntman Mike's Chevy Nova is painted on the hood with a white skull and two crossed lightning bolts, similar to the Jolly Roger . In addition, the chrome-plated Rubber Duck is mounted on the bonnet of both cars , a homage to the road movie Convoy (1978).
  • The film contains some allusions to Tarantino's Kill Bill . The theme song Twisted Nerve sounds as a ringtone from Abernathy's cell phone , while Lee is sitting on a Ford Mustang with a Little Pussy Wagon sticker on it. In addition, the car has the same color scheme as the vehicle called Pussy Wagon , which is stolen in Kill Bill . The actress who played Zoë is called Zoë Bell and plays herself - she was the stunt woman for Uma Thurman in Kill Bill. The Texas Rangers in the hospital are also a reference to the first part of Kill Bill .
  • In order to reinforce the reference to old B-movies and exploitation films, Grindhouse contains deliberate image disturbances, incorrect cuts and missing film roles (“missing reels”).

Awards (selection)

  • 2007 - Golden Palm : Nomination for Best Film (Death Proof)
  • 2007 - Scream Award for:
    • Best director ,
    • Best script
    • Most Memorable Mutilation


See: Planet Terror , Death Proof

The two soundtracks of the Grindhouse double feature were released on March 26th and 30th, 2007 under the names Grindhouse - Planet Terror and Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof as audio CD and download. Quentin Tarantino's 16-track album in particular is peppered with hits from the '60s and' 70s.

DVD and Blu-ray

For the time being, both individual films were released on DVD. It was not until March 4, 2011 that the double feature, i.e. both films with all the Faketrailers, was released in Germany on DVD and Blu-ray.

Web links

Commons : Grindhouse  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Der Spiegel : " Tarantino's 'Death Proof': Hollywood's greatest car fanatic "