Monday, December 4, 2006

Grindhouse - An homage to John Carpenter?


Grindhouse, a movie collaboration by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez is due out sometime in 2007. On the surface, it's a B-Movie exploitation flick, but dig a little deeper and I think you'll find that it's a direct tribute to John Carpenter, the master of horror himself.

Case in point.

Point A. Look up Robert Rodriguez' bio and it reads "of all the people to be amazed by the images of John Carpenter's 1981 sci-fi parable Escape from New York none were as captivated as the 12-year-old Tejano boy who sat with his friends in a crowded cinema." Allow me to simplify if you got hung up on the word "Tejano." Robert Rodriguez is making movies because of John Carpenter. The guy made him want to make movies.

Point B. Death Proof (one of the two stories featured in Grindhouse and directed by Quentin Tarantino) is about a serial killer who uses a car instead of knife or a gun to kill his victims. Sounds a little like a movie we've seen before. Could it be Christine? Directed by none other than John Carpenter? And the serial killer in the movie is played by Kurt Russell who was also the star in... wait for it... Escape from New York.

Point C. John Carpenter is writing the score for Grindhouse.

It's nice to see the master get his props. Even if his last movie was Ghosts of Mars.

1 comment:

J Hilbs said...

Also - Rodriguez and Tarantino do one other thing pioneered by JC - they make sure that their names are just as prominent in the advertising as the title of the movie... Remember JOHN CARPENTER'S 'the fog' or JOHN CARPENTER'S 'the thing'? I can't wait... this is going to be one of the greatest double features ever...