Friday, February 08, 2008

Horror Movie Review #11: Grindhouse - Deathproof

Directed By: Quentin Tarantino
Release Date: 18, 2007
Running Time: 114 minutes
Language: English
Horror Type: Psycho Killer Stuntman with a Car Fetish
Sex? - A whole plenty of teasing
Gore? - Roadkill, Dismemberments by Car Crash
Momel's Rating: 3/5

Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) is this, guess what, stuntman who specializes in car stunts. And the funny thing about him is that he drives around in this devilishly customized car that, were it possessed by some evil spirit, would steal Stephen King's Carrie's thunder and spit transmission fluid in its windshield. That car, at least the first one he employed in what might be the most gruesome car kill in film, can only get freakier were it in slow motion; dismemberment is more vivid and in your face in that way. And that's just the second kill scene, and that's exactly how it happened. Turns out to be the last kill scene in this Quentin Tarantino film.

Stuntman Mike prefers to kill his girls in groups, save for poor Rose McGowan who died of multiple arranged head bumps, yes, in the first kill scene in the movie. So he stalks them, suffers the ceaseless and pointless dialogue, suffers the ceaseless and pointless dialogue twice all over, and gets his way. I sort of feel for him, and I wasn't surprised with the intense morbidity with which he addressed his killing urge. With the first group of girls, at least. The second group of girls survived his stunt car and retaliated in a blur of punches. Really, and that's where it finished. Cut to ending credits.

His targets, however hot and unique and witty and what have you, talked a whole fucking mouthful, and although the witty banter's clear as day, let it be known that nobody watches horror movies for the punchlines. That's totally self-defeating right off the bat. But here's it's biggest punchline: It's got two kill scenes, around six heads in the body count, and it's a Quentin Tarantino movie.His last movie was Kill Bill in 2004, and that was a total bloodbath, and what a difference three years makes, and I'm just mentioning.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous2:40 AM

    Its unfortunate that a decent actor of Kurt Russel's
    stature would take a pathetic roll like this.
    They could have picked someone like Peewie Herman or Andrew Dice Clay to play this part. At
    least I would have enjoyed them getting their as kicked by three bimbos.



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