Under normal circumstances, the horror genre isn't my forte. My wife would be better suited to give more appropriate insight regarding the ins and outs of any recent gorefest, as she is a true fan. However, when you have names like Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino attached to the project, I will be in attendance, front row center.
I wasn’t going to let the fact that this new movie was over three hours long. I heard too many good things about this film. I looked forward to seeing a film that was going back to the 1970s style of exploitation films. In short, I wasn’t looking for an Oscar contender but just a great and entertaining movie. I got a whole lot more.
The first film, Planet Terror, goes the way of the typical tale of zombies run amuck. You have characters like El Wray (Freddy Rodriguez) and Cherry Darling (Rose McGowan) leading the way, who have an unexplored history between them. They create just the right amount of chemistry together. Along with the townsfolk that survive the onslaught of walking dead, they go on a rampage to eliminate the zombies in barbaric fashion. There are several cameos and plenty of blood, guts, decapitations, and scantily clad women who within a heartbeat can turn into killing machines themselves. Rodriguez goes from what he started in From Dusk Til Dawn and magnifies it fiftyfold, making this a great mix of gore and action.
The second film, Death Proof, is Tarantino’s tale of obsession gone haywire. It centers on Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) and his sinister plan to inflict a lot of pain on a particular group on unsuspecting woman. I was never a big Kurt Russell fan but after his performance in this, I need to go back and watch Escape From New York and see why Tarantino chose him for this role. The surprise performance was from Zoë Bell, most well known for playing Uma Thurman’s stunt double in the Kill Bill series. She seemed very comfortable in front of the camera and of course, when it came time for the action, she delivered beautifully.