In 2009, Quentin Tarantino sat down with The Deuce, on the German set of Inglourious Basterds, for what was supposed to be an interview about the new film. It turned out Tarantino was actually more interested in dishing on his favorite grindhouse films. In order for a film to make Tarantino’s cut, it must have played in an actual grindhouse and must not have been released by a major studio. The list hints at sources of inspiration for Kill Bill and Jackie Brown, but most notably – Death Proof, Tarantino’s half of the Grindhouse double feature with Robert Rodriguez.
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- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1973)
- Dawn of the Dead (George A. Romero, 1978)
- Night of the Living Dead (George A. Romero, 1968)
- Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978)
- Coffy (Jack Hill, 1973)
- Rolling Thunder (John Flynn, 1977)
- Five Fingers of Death (Chang-hwa Jeong, 1972)
- The Mack (Michael Campus, 1973)
- The Girl From Starship Venus (aka: The Sexplorer) (Derek Ford, 1976)
- The Last House On The Left (Wes Craven, 1972)
- Master of the Flying Guillotine (Yu Wang, 1976)
- Wipeout (aka: The Boss) (Fernando Di Leo, 1973)
- The Streetfighter | Return of The Streetfighter | The Streetfighter’s Last Revenge (Shigehiro Ozawa, 1974)
- The Psychic (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
- The Lady in Red (Lewis Teague, 1979)
- Thriller: A Cruel Picture (Bo Arne Vibenius, 1974)
- Suspiria (Dario Argento, 1977)
- Hammer of the Gods (Yu Wang, 1970)
- The Savage Seven (Richard Rush, 1968)
- The Pom Pom Girls (Joseph Ruben, 1976)
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