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- Hardcore Thrills!!!
- Me, Myself, and I
- An homage to exploitation B-movie thrillers that combines two feature-length segments into one double-bill designed to replicate the grind house theatergoing experience of the 70s and 80s. In "Death Proof," a psycho named Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) stalks and kills beautiful women with his car. In "Planet Terror," a small-town sheriffs' department has to deal with an outbreak of murderous, infected people called "sickos." A gun-legged woman named Cherry (Rose McGowan) and her martial arts-wielding partner (Freddy Rodriguez) take on the zombie army. The two films will be fused together by fake movie trailers.
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Mickey Rourke, Sylvester Stallone and Ving Rhames were other actors said to be considered for the part of "Stuntman Mike" before Kurt Russell stepped into the role.
When the car crashes through the sign for a theater, the movies playing are Scary Movie 4 (2006) and Wolf Creek (2005).
The movie was split up for some theaters overseas, because most non-English speaking countries might not understand the tradition behind the "grindhouse" double-feature and the underlying concept might be lost. The two movies were called: "Grindhouse: Planet Terror" and "Grindhouse: Death Proof".
Zoe Bell, who plays the character Zoe in the segment "Death Proof", does all her own stunts (she was the stunt double for Uma Thurman in the Kill Bill series).
In the "Death Proof" segment, a conversation takes place between Abby, Zoe, Kim and Lee in which it is revealed that Abby's last boyfriend, a film director, cheated with on her with a stunt double for 'Darryl Hannah' . Monica Staggs, who plays Lanna Frank in the first half of "Death Proof", was the stunt double for Daryl Hannah in "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" and "Kill Bill: Vol. 2".
Quentin Tarantino named the character "Jungle Julia Lucai" after his personal assistant, Vicki Lucai.
"The poem that Jungle Julia has her listeners recite to Butterfly is an excerpt of the poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost." --it is also a reference to the 70's thriller "Telefon," where the poem was used as a posthypnotic signal to activate Russian sleeper agents.
Some of the music heard in "Planet Terror" is from John Carpenter's "Escape From New York" (1981) and Brian De Palma's "Blow Out" (1981).
The cheerleader costume worn by Mary Elizabeth Winstead in "Death Proof" says 'Vipers' in homage to the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (DiVAS) in "Kill Bill". It is also the same colors as Uma Thurman's jump suit; yellow with black stripes.
In the Death Proof segment when Kim, Zoe and Abby are in the Challenger, ready to go on their "test drive", they pull up by Mary and Abby says, "Hey good looking, we'll be back later for YOU!" This was a line in a commercial for a cheesy Ronco product, Mr. Microphone, in the '70s.
In Order to give the cast and crew an idea of how a double feature Grindhouse movie would feel, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino compiled together the Italian films: 'Torso' and 'Zombie 2' , with a few old grind house trailers in between.
Chronologically,"Death Proof" takes place before "Terror Planet". Stunt Man Mike is seen in the exact same Texas hospital as the exposed patients in "Terror Planet".
Due to superstition, The distributer's decided to release the film before Friday the 13th, on Easter weekend instead. The film did below projected grosses anyway.
The idea for a double feature movie was Robert Rodriguez's. Tarantino loved it, and immediately signed on for it to be his follow up to the Kill Bill Series.
This is meant to be an homage to the double features that played in grindhouses. However, during the initial weeks of release, exhibitors were reporting that many audience members were leaving the cinema after the first feature (Robert Rodriguez's "Planet Terror"), apparently not realizing, or forgetting, that a second feature was going to be shown. One reason cited was that many of audience members were too young to remember when theaters showed double features. The distributor planned some changes in the campaign while some exhibitors solved the problem by posting employees by the auditorium doors to remind departing patrons that the program contains a second feature.
In the uncut European Version of Death Proof, Abernathy's cell phone ring is Bernard Herman's "Twisted Nerve." This is a reference to Kill Bill. The scene also has Abernathy buying the Allure Magazine with Lee in it which will later be used in the scene where they convince Jasper to let them test drive the Challenger.
In the Uncut European Version of Death Proof
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