Planet Terror: what is the Grindhouse format?

In 2007, a few weeks after the film “Boulevard de la Mort”, the terrible “Planète T Mauritanie” was released in French cinemas. Two feature films connected under the name “Grindhouse”. But by the way, what is the Grindhouse cinema?

Planet Terror : Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez team up

Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez maintain a long-standing friendship. The two men have worked together on several occasions whether on Bellhop Service, one night in hell or SinCity. But in 2007, they decide to go further and produce a cult and completely new diptych.

Cherry (Rose McGowan) – Planet Terror ©Dimension Films

Quentin Tarantino is directing Boulevard of Death. Worn by Kurt Russell, the feature film was released on June 6, 2007 in French theaters. A month later, on August 14, the French public can discover Planet Terror, directed by Robert Rodríguez. Boulevard of Death follows the daily life of four women who will have to face Stuntman Mike, a dangerous driver who gets a kick out of killing innocent young women on the road. With Planet Terror, Robert Rodriguez Parodies Zombie Movies with an absolutely daunting cast: Josh Brolin, Quentin Tarantino, Bruce Willis or even Rose McGowan. Two emblematic works that form a one-of-a-kind diptych under the name Grindhouse.

What is the Grindhouse?

With these two feature films, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino seek to pay homage to alternative cinema and the B series that rocked their adolescence. If both works have the subtitle a grindhouse movie, it’s because the two filmmakers offer them a wink. In the 1960s and 1970s, them grind house were small neighborhood cinemas that showed alternative films all night long often very violent, sexual in nature, and low cost. Some of these production companies even went so far as to offer double sessions for special events. Generally, these double films were interspersed with trailers. An approach that the two artists sought to recreate.

Planet Terror
Planet Terror ©Dimension Films

Thus, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, respectively with Boulevard of Death and Planet Terrorhave proposed a double program identical to those diffused within the framework of exploitation Grindhouse. If in France, the two films were released separately, in the United States, the two filmmakers reproduced the distribution system Grindhouse. American spectators were indeed able to attend the successive broadcast of Boulevard of Death and Planet Terror from April 6, 2007. The two feature films were then interspersed with fake trailers to respect the method as much as possible. Grindhouse.

If the French public did not have the chance to see these fake teasers, in the United States, the public could thus discover Werewolf Women of the SS by Rob Zombie; Thanksgiving by Eli Roth, or Whose by Edgar Wright. And among those trailers there was also the very first images of machete, three years before the release of the film worn by Danny Trejo. Too bad that the French exhibitors were hesitant about the approach of the two artists, and preferred to separate the two works. As for Planet Terror, it arrives today on netflix.

Planet Terror: what is the Grindhouse format? – CineSeries