“Grindhouse,” an exuberant double feature by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, will be shown starting at 7 p.m. Friday, June 15, Saturday the 16th, Monday the 18th, and Tuesday the 19th, as well as at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 17 at the Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St.
Revisiting the movies of their youth, directors Tarantino and Rodriguez have re-created the ultimate drive-in exploitative double feature, glorifying sleazeball flicks of the '60s and '70s that reveled in heaping helpings of graphic sex, violence, nudity and nonstop action.
With all this as their sandbox, they are playing at the top of their game, delivering a dazzling, eye-popping, jaw-dropping, pulse-pounding double dose of excitement and fun the screen hasn't seen in a long time. Add four hilarious coming attraction trailers created for nonexistent movies and you've got the recipe for a rippingly good night out.
Rodriguez's “Planet Terror” is an homage to zombie movies, while Tarantino's “Death Proof” pays tribute to highway action thrillers. Rodriguez's way-over-the-top horror flick is funnier in a silly way, but Tarantino's white-knuckle thrill ride has sharper dialogue and one of the most dazzling car chase scenes in recent memory.
A movie lover's dream come true, this rowdy jolt of quasi-nostalgic escapism is rated R and has a running time of 3:11. Tickets are $5 general admission and $3 for students and senior citizens and are available at the door.