Probably the thing I’ll remember most about my
Grindhouse experience(s) were was how the rest of the crowd reacted. And just to prove that the movie wasn’t a TOTAL flop, both showings I attended at the theater were half-full.
My first experience was in a different state(!) Reno, Nevada. Decided to check out the latest showing at 9:30pm (Which was as close to a midnight showing as I could get) It was a spectacular theater. HUGE screen,HUGE stadium seating,and HUGE sound system. Not to mention, crisp picture projection and this was really in evident in
Machete! The chuckling seems to get louder as the trailer goes on. And by the time “Rated X” is mentioned in the voice-over, there’s your first big laugh.
Planet Terror begins, and man, is that crap picture noticeable! (lol) The dirt,scratches,grain,jump cuts…This movie’s just plain ugly! But you soon get real used to it fast. Crowd gets it’s first shock at “the ball”. But they’ve already recovered by snickering at many of the lines spoken by the club manager,Cherry,J.T.,Wray,and the first big laugh appears when Doc Block and his assisstant do the “chopping” simutaneously. The crowd (On both showings) seemed to have let the most agonizing shriek during the tounge-gag (Although now I think of it, it may be tied with Dakota’s injury on opening the car door) Later, A teen next to me goes slightly bonkers when El Wray does his ninja thing in the hospital and there’s laughs when Cherry’s trying to run away on her wooden limb (The CG looked real good here, I admit) We approach the “missing reel”, but I should point out that the crowd seems to like the “jacket” discussion, and we get the biggest groan in the crowd once the missing reel appears. But all is redeemed when the audience goes bananas once again when El Wray takes off on the kiddie bike.
Things slow down at this point since we have to deal with the exposition scenes. But QT (As Louis) shows up to save the day! But after his demise, it’s here where the movie begins to run out of steam for me and I felt that the crowd(s) just wanted things to hurry up and end as well. And so, PT concludes. One guy gets up from his seat and is about to head out but sits back down once Nazis burst on the scene! As I mentioned in my review, chuckles and little laughs throughout
Werewolf-SS and Don’t. Both crowds loved Nic Cage. But Thanksgiving recieved the bigger laughs and the biggest “WHOA!” from the crowd on the infamous bit.
Death Proof begins and the crowd is largely silent throughout the first half hour of it. Pretty strange given all the noise they made earlier. Just a few little laughs at “Suntman Bob” and when Mike glances at the camera lens before he drives off (My favorite shot of the movie!) But then I could feel the energy of the crowd slowly lift up once Mike goes into killer mode. I mentioned the big sound system theater #1 had and when Mike rev’s up his engine for the 2nd kill…Whoa! If you’ve got a subwoofer on your entertainment system, give this sequence a go! Crowd voices it’s shock when kill #2 occurs but they go back into silence when we’re introduced to girl group #2. It’s here when things might get a little too restless for some viewers. Two teens near me got up and left. Not because the “movie sucked” but I heard one of them say “It’s late”. Yet on both of my showings, people were still laughing at a bunch of Kim’s lines and weren’t showing any signs of frustration.
But of course, all this is forgotten for what has now become the main highlight of Grindhouse for me. The climactic car chase. The crowd just goes into an absolute frenzy once the 2nd half of the chase begins. They’re yelling,laughing,and cheering like they haven’t before. And once “THE END” shows up on screen, mission accomplished as applause erupted in the theater.
Similar reactions with you? Any confused walk-outs? Encounter any showing
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