Quick Daily Review #132: Death Proof (2007)


Death Proof (2007)

Kurt Russell plays a dark brooding, but still stylish creepy stalker type in “Death Proof”. His character, Stunt Man Mike, is a guy who trolls around looking for young ladies to turn into his next victim. Equipped with an Elvis comb-over and a custom made stunt car that can survive even the worst wrecks unscathed.

Here are the findings of the film.

Death Proof is a horror film that was released in 2007. The movie was directed and produced by Quentin Tarantino and edited by Sally Menke by the Troublemaker Studios. The movie was released on 6th April, 2007 and was distributed by Dimension Films.

Apart from Kurt Russell, the film also stars Vanessa Ferlito, Rosario Dawson, Jordan Ladd, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Rose McGowan, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Tracie Thoms. Moreover, the movie also features Zoë Bell, the stuntwoman, who portrays herself. The movie is an exploitation film and features muscle car from the 1970s.

The movie is packed with high octane and was received with moderate reviews on its release. Death Proof had a face-off at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 for the Palme d’Or.

I first saw this movie as part of the package deal that was known as Grindhouse, which also featured the great Planet Terror. The pacing of this movie is probably the weakest part of it, with the majority of it taking place inside a bar in which a large ensemble group of female characters exchange banter that weaves in out of creative and funny and just gnawing and grating. Then midway through the movie something happens, and we are transported to what is almost a sequel contained within the same movie. This is a movie that contains some great scenes and has some really memorable moments, but they never quite come together to make anything resembling a narrative. Still, there’s a lot to be enjoyed here including saucy performances from Sydney Tamiia Poitier’s character “Jungle Julia”, Rosario Dawson looking fine as ever, and Zoë Bell’s stunt woman character who shows up in the final arch to duke it out with Russell. This movie shows Tarintino in full candy store mode. He gets to geek out over cool cars, old movies, and cast a ton of attractive ladies that he got work with. I wonder how many takes that infamous Lap Dance scene with Vanessa Ferlito took for instance.