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  •  Was it Planet terror? (2+ / 0-)
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    Ian Reifowitz, ColoTim

    Simply an awful film...and trying to make it look like a scratchy drive in print from the 60's was stupid. I could watch scratchy drive in double features as a kid, for real, and they really sucked. The fun then was being with friends not watching the awful movies, be it The Land that Time Forgot or Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.

    •  I heard his Grindhouse movies were really long (2+ / 0-)
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      Ian Reifowitz, ColoTim

      in that to watch both Planet Terror and Death Proof took nearly four hours, and if you weren't into those kinds of movies when they were in vogue during the 1970's, you would be seriously turned off by his homage to those said movies.  However, some of the reviews for the pair of movies noted that the best part of those movies were the faux trailers for the fake horror movies in between.

      Having said that, the fun of the whole grindhouse genre besides the copious amounts of violence and/or sex (it was the 1970's after all) was the fact that most of these movies either were shown at dumpy movie houses just as the mall cinema multiplexes began to proliferate in presence or at the drive-in theaters.  It was okay for a lot of people to see these at the drive-in, since many of the moviegoers were not necessarily focused on the movie onscreen, if you know what I mean. As a kid, I saw probably too many bad (and mostly inappropriate) drive-in movies, most of which were cheap horror movies, but I also saw the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Invasion of the Bee Girls.  

      •  well i saw Frogs and The Conqueror Worm (0+ / 0-)

        and most of the Harryhausen movies, which the critcs hated. Frogs, Willard. Ssss. There was a new low budget cerper every week. Valley of the Gwangi. ( actually based on a Willis O brien script ) Sinbad in the Arctic with a Troglodyte and a giant walrus. Krull. And don't forget the Japanese movies! Kong Kong vs Godszilla, Frankenstein ( i think he may have taken on Godzilla at some point ) Gamera, Mothra, and the best of all War of the Gargantuas. Which I think had Russ tamblyn in it... they used to have a few token washed up Americans like Nick Adams in those films.  Who could forget Destroy All Monsters? Come to think of it, maybe the movies were better back then; they were cheap, made cheap, and expectations were low. Not two hours and 40 minutes like the Hobbit, which put me to sleep a record three times, a feat even George Clooney couldn't manage during the American despite  my being on heavy painkillers!

    •  Planet Terror was by Robert Rodriguez (0+ / 0-)

      who's a good friend of Tarantino's.  It was bundled with Death Proof, which was Quentin's contribution.

      Quote of the week: "They call themselves bipartisan because they're able to buy members of both parties," (R. Eskow, Campaign for America's Future.)

      by mbayrob on Tue Dec 25, 2012 at 10:47:30 PM PST

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