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 million.
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 Thanksgiving.
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.