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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Entertainment Fact or Fiction - 10 Things You Didn't Know About Robert Rodriguez's Grindhouse

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Entertainment Fact or Fiction - 10 Things You Didn't Know About Robert Rodriguez's Grindhouse

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10  Nicolas Cage agreed to play Fu Manchu in the "Werewolf Women of the SS" trailer - for free - as a favor for friend Rob Zombie.
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9  Edgar Wright's preview "Don't" is based on the Jerry Gross organization's preview for Sergio Martino's The Corpses Bore Traces Of Carnal Violence, retitled Torso (1973). The original trailer chanted the word "torso" faster and faster over every shortening clips of the film, as did Wright's trailer with the word "Don't."
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8  The "missing reels" in the Grindhouse films were an original William Castle-style idea cooked up by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. Tarantino owns a print of the Oliver Reed film The Sell-Out (1976) which when he bought it was missing a reel (containing a major plot point). After watching the film in this way, Tarantino found the scenes that he didn't see created an interesting mystery which made him try to figure out what went down in those scenes. Contrary to rumors, in the Grindhouse era, frames would often be missing from films but not entire 20-30 minute reels. This was not a staple of Grindhouse cinema.
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7  Kurt Russell has a scar over his left eye. This is the same eye the character Snake Plissken, played by Russell in Escape from New York (1981), wears an eye patch over.
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6  With Quentin Tarantino's reverence for all things Hollywood, it's not surprising that his cast members include the daughter of Sidney Poitier, the granddaughter of Alan Ladd who's also the daughter of Cheryl Ladd; the son of James Brolin (and thus, the stepson of Barbra Streisand ); both Michael Parks and son, James; a distant cousin of Ava Gardner, and a distant cousin of William Katt and Bill Williams, and the son of fellow writer/director Robert Rodriguez.
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5  In the segment "Planet Terror" the soldiers at the army base are seen watching a "grindhouse" trailer for the film Women in Cages (1971) starring Pam Grier. This full trailer and more were put on the special edition of the DVD of Jackie Brown (1997), directed by Quentin Tarantino, whose character watches the trailer briefly in the scene.
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4  Due to superstition, the distributors decided to release the film on Easter weekend instead of Friday the 13th. The film did below projected grosses anyway.

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1  Quentin Tarantino:  [bare feet]  Use of bare feet, in the beginning of Death Proof (2007).

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2  A scene was cut showing Stuntman Mike masturbating in his flipped over car after the first car accident. It was decided to be unnecessary since the following scene would have Texas Ranger Earl McGraw explain to the audience it was a sexual fetish for Stuntman Mike to do this.
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3  The Machine Gun Leg is an homage to the Sam Raimi film Evil Dead II (1987). In Evil Dead II (1987), Ash has a chainsaw arm after cutting off his hand. Both Ash and Cherry did not get their new special "limb" until the final climactic fights.
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Grindhouse (2007)
R | 3h 11min | Action, Horror, Thriller | 6 April 2007 (USA)
Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's homage to drive-in double features in the 60s and 70s with two back-to-back cult films that include previews of coming attractions between them.
Directors: Robert Rodriguez, Eli Roth, Quentin Tarantino
Writers: Robert Rodriguez, Rob Zombie, Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Kurt Russell, Rose McGowan, Danny Trejo

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