In 2007 superstar directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert
Rodriguez decided to take a big gamble. They each made a film. Each film was in
the style of a specific genre and made to seem like something from an earlier
era. Tarantino created Death Proof and Rodriguez made Planet Terror. Instead of
releasing their movies separately, they turned them into a double feature. To
add more flavor, they enlisted other writers and directors to craft trailers
for movies that didn’t exist. The two films, trailers and some fun logos were
combined and released theatrically as Grindhouse.
The film was a flop.
Grindhouse grossed $25 million against a budget of $67
And yet, those fake trailers have ended up being not so
fake. So far we have Grindhouse spin-off
films made for the trailers Machete (followed by Machete Kills. Many of us are
still waiting for Machete Kills again), Hobo with a Shotgun, and now Eli Roth’s
Tarantino and Rodriguez have created their own, big, shared
cinematic universe and I personally cannot wait for The Edgar Wright / Simon
Pegg and Rob Zombie entries.
Anyway, here’s the trailer for Thanksgiving.