There have been worrying rumours surrounding the Grind House exploitation movie celebration that Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez have been planning – particularly Rodriguez' effort. But now the pair has been talking to Entertainment Weekly and everything seems to be on track.
“Our original idea was to do a horror double feature,” QT tells the magazine. "The genre I wanted to tackle was slasher films, because I'm a big fan of late-'70s, early-'80s slasher films. The only thing was, what makes them so good is the genre is so rigid. And I had an idea about a guy who kills girls with his car as opposed to a machete, and I put it in a slasher-film structure. Other than the big car moments, though, my thing could be a Eugene O'Neill play. These girls just talk and talk and talk. If it wasn't for the car stuff, I could do my thing on stage."
He also confirms his title once and for all: “It's called Death Proof. I'm casting right now; more than likely the killer will be Mickey Rourke.”
As for Rodriguez? “Mine's a zombie movie called Planet Terror. It feels like a John Carpenter movie that took place between Escape From New York and The Thing. I wanted to do a zombie script a while back because there hadn't been any good zombie movies in a while. I got about 30 pages into it, and then all these zombie movies came out. So I thought, 'Well, I don't have to make them zombies — there could be other reasons why they're like this. They're infected people.'”
Tarantino takes up the tale: ”There was this Umberto Lenzi zombie movie in the '70s called Nightmare City, and a while ago some friends of mine were going to meet him in Rome, and I told them to tell him how much I loved Nightmare City. And they told him. And he goes, 'Zombies? What's theees zombies? They're infected people!'"
We’d argue the “no good zombie movies” point. Surely Quentin’s showed him Shaun Of The Dead…
You can take a look at the full interview by clicking here.