July 12, 2013

Friday Fight: Planet Terror vs. Death Proof

Since speaking with Danny Trejo earlier this week I have been on a bit of a Grindhouse tip, so what better way to finish out the week than with a titanic battle between the Tarantino/Rodriguez movies from 2007?

I love both movies but I am going to be objective here while dissecting them and see who comes out on top.

Let’s do this!



Planet Terror

Robert Rodriguez directs this super violent and hugely entertaining zombie romp. With a cast including Bruce Willis, Michael Biehn, Jeff Fahey, Rose McGowan, Josh Brolin and many more it couldn’t really fail for me.

Let’s go to what matters: ACTION! The action in this movie is insane including a chick with a machine for a leg; it’s utterly ridiculous and yet totally awesome at the same time. There’s plenty of gore, blood and guns to make it the perfect homage to old-school grindhouse movies. You’ve also got Robert Rodriguez providing a fantastic Carpenter-esque score for the movie which reminds me of Carpenter’s The Thing.

The only thing part I thought hit a wrong note was the kid being killed in the car. That (obviously) left a nasty taste in the mouth. The movie is unbelievably icky in places and won’t be for everyone but it really was right up my street.


Death Proof

Quentin Tarantino directs this movie in the vein of Vanishing Point with Kurt Russell in super cool form as sadist Stuntman Mike. I believe this was his first villain role and he was awesome in it; where the hell is he these days anyway?

The movie also boasts Zoe Bell strapped onto the hood of a car during a fantastically executed car chase. No CGI here, just outstanding stunt work. Eye candy also includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosario Dawson and several other lovely ladies too.

Where this movie falls down though is the pacing. There is far too much talking and it feels like Tarantino trying too hard to be cool, making it feel forced. There really only is the big car chase at the end in terms of action, which is a shame but it’s till hugely entertaining to watch.

As with every Tarantino movie, the music is outstanding and the movie also boasts an incredibly hot lapdance from Vanessa Ferlito.



For me I have to say that PLANET TERROR wins hands down (machine gun leg up?). Rather than having long drawn out discussions about pointless things, it has guns and gore galore. Death Proof does have Kurt Russell but Planet Terror is just more entertaining. Besides, when Tarantino himself even dismisses it as his weakest film then you know it’s flawed.

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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