35 – Death Proof (2007)

My Rating: 9/10


Synopsis: A stuntman psychopath rides his “death proof” automobile to deliver horror to groups of young women that are pretty much unaware that they are being stalked.


This one is from the brilliant mind of Quentin Tarantino. The other half of Grindhouse – a double-feature homage to B-movies of the 70s created by both Rodriguez and Tarantino. The first act was a little slow and although for the most part the actors were solid and the conversations and the development felt just right, it’s just paler in comparison to Planet Terror. The car chase and the killing scenes though were very tasteful and it will leave you wanting to see more. The second act of Death Proof proved to be more rewarding. I did not read the synopsis before watching so I was surprised by the unexpected turn it took. And it was glorious!

The film in its entirety though felt more akin to Tarantino’s brand of movies and did not elicit the same feel from Planet Terror, which brought the 70s back to the screens. Maybe it is because the scratchy film look was a little absent, or maybe because the setting had convenience stores and cellular phones. I don’t know maybe the car chases, the car wrecks and the brutality at the final minutes should have been enough, but still it wasn’t. It’s still a good watch, I can’t rob it of that.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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Runtime: 1hr 54min (IMDb)

Production Budget (GRINDHOUSE): $67 million (Box Office Mojo)

Grosses (GRINDHOUSE):  (Box Office Mojo)
   North America:  $25,037,897    98.5%
Foreign:  $384,191    1.5%

Worldwide:  $25,422,088
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