LATEST | FEATURES | INTERVIEWS | NEWS | FRIGHTFEST | REVIEWS Booth's Blog: Tarantino's Grindhouse On Horror!
By Emily Booth, Thursday 26th March 2015
If there’s one thing Quentin Tarantino does well its cult movie referencing, making what was once underground and loved by nerds only totally cool and contemporary. He regenerates fading films stars and degenerate genres and before he decided to bring Grindhouse back to celluloid fashion, half of us hadn’t even heard of it! He forged a link between mainstream American cinema and the shadowy world of the independents by bringing 70’s schlock cinema to the masses. I was lucky enough to be involved in the Grindhouse ‘scene’ in two ways; once in Edgar Wright’s fake trailer, Don’t which played between Tarantino’s Planet Terror and Death Proof double bill and then again in Jake West’s brilliant documentary Bump ‘N Grind which was released on his Grindhouse Trailer Classics DVD which teaches you everything you need to know about Grindhouse.
So I’m really pleased Horror Channel is screening not just one but BOTH movies from Tarantino’s Grindhouse reboot, albeit as separate premieres. First up comes the network premiere of Tarantino’s vehicular vengeance exploitation flick Death Proof this Saturday at 10.35pm. Featuring a badass girl gang, a misogynistic stunt man, insane car chases, and of course a killer soundtrack. Then next month as part of our epic Apocalypse Season comes Planet Terror from Robert Rodriguez, a gooey puss ridden sexy Zombie take-over that sees Rose McGowan lose her leg to the undead, have it replaced by a machine gun and go hell for leather with bullet to the brain action. This film is relentless good fun and must be seen!
Whether you love the B-movie styling here complete with missing reels, scratched celluloid and dodgy dubbing – or not, you can’t deny the impact the films have had on the genre in recent years. Grindhouse never used to be a ‘genre’ as such. Films that were ‘exploitation’ or bad taste just happened to fall in to that category but of course they were not conscious of being styled as ‘Grindhouse’ they just became known as this due to their home in the ‘bump and grind’ theatres of New York’s dodgy 42nd Street where cinema upon cinema showed these deprived shocking films purely to get bums on seats. Rather dirty bums at that.
Now ‘exploitation’ may have gone mainstream and it’s true the contemporary homage to B-Movies has certainly lost that genuine raw ‘grime’ but without Tarantino’s Grindhouse renaissance we wouldn’t have Horror Channel regulars Nude Nuns With Big Guns, Monstro!, Dear God No! And the careers of the unstoppable forces of nature “The Twisted Twins” who started their directing career with Grindhouse mock up Dead Hooker In A Trunk. (Though I’m sure they’d have made it with or without Tarantino’s influence!)
So sit back and enjoy a little horror movie history, even if it is through the eyes of a postmodern movie loving geek. We owe him one.
Death Proof premieres on Horror this Saturday at 10.35pm.
Planet Terror premieres on Horror Saturday 18th April at 10.50pm
Related show tags: DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK, DEAR GOD NO!, DEATH PROOF, MONSTRO!, NUDE NUNS WITH BIG GUNS, PLANET TERROR MORE ARTICLES This one will keep you awake all night! Bad Dreams is getting the special edition treatment.
Posted in News, Monday 18th June 2018
You would need to have been living in a bubble not to have encountered the Freddy Krueger phenomenon that took over the world in the 1980s. However, a number of movies also followed the A Nightmare On Elm Street boom with similar tales of dream-stalkers and surrealist scares - and chief among them was Bad Dreams which also boasted a big budget and bombastic special effects!
Featuring a leading lady performance from the legendary Scream Queen Jennifer Rubin - who was then just fresh from battling Freddy himself in A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 3: Dream Warriors - Bad Dreams gained acclaim for its solid acting performances, tense suspense and shocking moments o...SHARE: READ MORE Get out and get Get Out! OST now available on vinyl.
Posted in News, Friday 15th June 2018
Waxwork Records has announced the release of the Get Out Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Music By Michael Abels.
Written and directed by Jordan Peele, Get Out is the critically acclaimed 2017 American horror film starring Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams. The film received numerous accolades and won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. It was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Kalluya.
This is the directorial debut of accomplished actor and long time horror-fanatic, Peele as well as being the debut score from Abels.
Included in the new deluxe double LP release of Get Out are exclusive liner notes in the f...SHARE: READ MORE Are you brave enough to enter the bunker? It Lives soon on DVD
Posted in News, Thursday 14th June 2018
An isolated nuclear bunker - called Plethura - deep, deep underground.
A scientist tasked with maintaining the subterranean centre in readiness for an impending strike, is all alone, apart from an omnipresent computer, Arthur.
But is there something else there?
When lone expert, Roy, is left isolated, hundreds of feet below the surface with no communication with the outside world and no way of knowing what's going on, he starts to question his own sanity. And as an increasingly terrifying chain of events take place in the bunker, he realises that something else might be alive underground with him.
It Lives is the debut feature from director Ri...SHARE: READ MORE Graham Humphreys' beautiful artwork for FrightFest 2018 revealed
Posted in Frightfest, News, Thursday 14th June 2018
Team FrightFest has finally revealed Graham Humphreys' anticipated poster for this year's event.
The stunning artwork for this year's annual Bank Holiday event, the UK's largest celebration of genre cinema, taking place at Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema between Thursday August 23rd and Monday August 27th.
For Graham, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' seemed too important to ignore: "In the same way that Frankenstein gave life to his monster, horror films stimulate our imagination and give form to ideas that otherwise dare not leave the shadows", he commented. "The painting shows our familiar host enjoying ...SHARE: READ MORE This movie scared the daylights out of Stephen King, prepare for The Changeling
Posted in News, Wednesday 13th June 2018
Cited as a huge influence by renowned film-makers including Martin Scorsese and Alejandro Amenabar and lauded by horror aficionados and audiences alike, The Changeling is one of the most chilling horrors of all time and now it arrives in a brand new restored version for the first time on Blu-ray, featuring stunning newly commissioned artwork by Christopher Shy.
One of the last classic horror films to finally be released in high-definition, Peter Medak's (The Krays) The Changeling arrives as a limited edition collector's set including stunning packaging, a poster, a 40-page perfect bound booklet and a slew of newly created special features such as a commentaries, interviews a...SHARE: READ MORE The End of the F***ing World star Jessica Barden hides out in brand new picture from Habit
Posted in News, Tuesday 12th June 2018
From director Simeon Halligan (White Settlers, Splintered) and based on the cult novel by Stephen McGeagh, Habit is a blood-drenched and intense claustrophobic film set in the underbelly of Manchester starring Jessica Barden from the hit Netflix show The End of the F***ing World and Showtime's horror drama series Penny Dreadful.
This shocking, visceral and, very often, twisted tale also stars Elliot James Langridge (Northern Soul), William Ash (The Tunnel), Sally Carman (Shameless), Joanne Mitchell (Attack of the Adult Babies) and Roxanne Pallett (Wrong Turn 6).
Habit centres around Michael (Lang...SHARE: READ MORE Happy 50th birthday Rosemary's Baby
Posted in Features, Tuesday 12th June 2018
Kids! What are they like? Some can be cute, others can be little devils... literally!
Today is the 50th anniversary of the classic shocker Rosemary's Baby so here we take a look at five of the finest devil child movies. Do you agree with our list and which ones would you refuse to babysit?! Note we have not included the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Junior as that's horrific in other ways (!)
5: Devil's Due (2014) A recently married couple on honeymoon experience a bizarre warning, a long journey, come across some strange symbols, then are drugged, left in a room and a couple of weeks later the wife discovers she's pregnant! Her pregnancy is a time of torture for her and convinced she's being watched. Could...SHARE: READ MORE Attack of the Adult Babies - Blu-ray review
Posted in Reviews, Sunday 10th June 2018
Attack of the Adult Babies
Dom Brunt's bizarre and genre breaking Attack of the Adult Babies delivered one of the most inventive and gross-out pieces at Horror Channel FrightFest 2017. No one could have guessed what this movie was going to be about and let's just say it split the audience right down the middle. It's a stomach punch of satire, horror and surreal comedy that takes time to sink in so this Blu-ray edition is the perfect opportunity to watch the film several times, so you can "get" what the message is and that all the weird stuff going on means something in the end!
...SHARE: READ MORE David Tennant is the Bad Samaritan
Posted in News, Friday 8th June 2018
One bad night - one bad decision- can haunt you forever.
Misfits and Mute star Robert Sheehan goes up against Jessica Jones and Doctor Who's David Tennant, here on sensationally nasty form, Bad Samaritan is a white-knuckle home invasion thriller from the producers of Independence Day.
Directed by Dean Devlin, the producer of the Independence Day films, and written by Brandon Boyce (who scripted the gripping Stephen King adaptation Apt Pupil), the movie promises to show Tennant in a totally different light.
Struggling photographer Sean Falco (Sheehan), who funds his lifestyle with a sideline in burglary, thinks he has hit the jackpot when he breaks into the luxurious house of the wealthy Cale...SHARE: READ MORE PICK OF THE WEEK
Saturday 23rd June
Friday 22nd June
Thursday 21st June