“The Grindhouse” is actually two movies; “Planet Terror” is about psychotic killer mutants, and “Death Proof” is about a killer stunt driver whose weapon of choice is his muscle car. Both of these movies are some of the most graphically violent films I have seen. For instance, “Death Proof” has a car crash scene that is so graphic I actually had to look away from the screen; I thought I had seen it all, but these movies were a bit much even for me.
“Planet Terror” is the gorier of the two films. A biochemical agent causes people to turn into cannibalistic mutants, repulsively deformed and covered in pustules and dripping ooze. The zombie movie plot has been regurgitated so many times, and “Planet Terror” does it again, just with slightly more disgusting special effects. Add to that a bunch of scantily clad women who really have no purpose as characters except to be sexy, and you pretty much get the idea.
The plot of “Death Proof” doesn’t fare much better; the first half of the film is extremely slow and basically consists of a bunch of young, beautiful women hanging out in a bar and getting drunk. There is also a scene just like the opening scene in “Reservoir Dogs,” where a group of women are sitting in coffee shop talking. If you have seen “Reservoir Dogs,” you feel like you have seen this already, and it’s pretty boring. The only good thing I can say about either of the two films is that the car chase scene in “Death Proof” is the coolest car chase scene I have ever seen in a film. No part of “The Grindhouse” is suitable for families, and is not approved by Dove. Below we list content for both “Planet Terror” and then “Death Proof.”