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Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez have always paid homage to their favorite film genres in their movies. Now theyâ€™ve actually recreated their own experiences watching low-budget horror and action films as double features in cheap movie houses.
Rodriguezâ€™s Planet Terror and Tarantinoâ€™s Death Proof, shown together as part of the Grindhouse experience, are complete with trailers for fake movies they created before each feature. Theyâ€™ve even digitally scratched up the films so that they look like cheap â€™70s prints. Incidentally, Planet Terror is about a stripper with a machine gun for a leg taking out zombies, while Death Proof has lovely ladies turning the tables on a murderous road stalker.
The Wave: Robert, how would you feel if Death Proof gets the Oscar nomination, but Planet Terror is snubbed?
Robert Rodriguez: Oh, that would be great. I produced both movies so that would be fine. Itâ€™s not really a competition. I was trying to make the best movie I could for Quentinâ€™s theater. When Iâ€™d go see movies at his theater, he would show double features with trailers in between. I just thought, â€œWeâ€™ve got to recreate this experience for people, and we need to make the ultimate double feature for your own theater.â€