This Day in Horror

07 May 2014

Death Proof 2007 - REVIEW


Back in 2007 Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino decided to do a joint venture feature in the old 70's grindhouse style.  Each director contributing a movie to it.  Death Proof is Tarantino's half of the grindhouse feature.  This film seems to be split right down the middle with fans.  You either love it or you just downright hate it.  It is a Tarantino movie so you can go into it knowing there is going to be heavy dialogue, which at times makes some of his films move a bit slow.  You can be the judge with Death Proof.

This film follows 2 separate groups of women who is being stalked by a psychopathic ex-stunt car driver name Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell).  So basically the movie is divided into 2 parts.  The first follows the group led by radio personality Jungle Julia (Sydney Poitier) and her friends Shanna (Jordan Ladd) and Arlene (Vanessa Ferlito) on a night in a bar before they go to a lake house for a little get away.  Mike puts himself right in the middle of their night and one none of  them will soon forget.  The second group of ladies are similar to the first set but they are very different but you have to watch the movie to find out what!

I have to say first off that I am a huge Tarantino fan.  Having said that I really loved Death Proof.  It is accused of moving too slow and not enough action and for parts of the movie that is true but as all of his movies are it is still enjoyable and enough brutal action to keep you interested.  This is a film where Kurt Russell really plays a different character that what you are used to seeing from him on the big screen.  He is a good guy in most movies but in this he pulls off the creepy deranged part of Stuntman Mike to perfection.  Although there isn't really one of the actors or actresses in this film that didn't perform fantastic in my opinion.  There is not much you really can say about the visual effects because grindhouse films are made to look rough but there are a few scenes that the special effects really were fantastic.  I am not permitted to give spoilers so I am going to leave it to you to watch the movie.

If you haven't seen this movie it really is a movie that you should at least pop into your DVD player at least once.  If you hate it and feel you just wasted an hour and a half of your life you can email me and tell me "Thanks for the terrible advice".  Since this is one of my fav's I have to rate this film with an 8 out of 10 stars.  Some might think it is pretty generous but this movie is brilliant.  Stay twisted everyone!



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