Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof Crashes And Burns

Published 8 years ago by , Updated February 9th, 2012 at 9:42 pm,

death proof Quentin Tarantinos Death Proof Crashes And BurnsFollowing the abysmal U.S. box office performance of the movie Grindhouse, a double feature comprised of Robert Rodriguez’ Planet Terror and Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, the decision was made to split the movies up for international theatrical release. Eventually they dropped Planet Terror and decided to only go with Death Proof on the big screen. I suppose that the studio thought that the Quentin Tarantino name was strong enough to put bodies in the seats, so they decided to release only his movie theatrically overseas and save Planet Terror for DVD only.

I won’t go into why Death Proof sucked again, but a few months ago I commented on the fact that for foreign audiences they were going to make the film even longer, and thus even more excruciatingly boring than it was as part of the double feature.

No suprise here: It bombed big time.

According to the Guardian U.K. website, in it’s first full week of release Death Proof only brought in the equivalent of about $820,000. The site states that the Weinsteins (producers of the film) probably thought that having “The Fifth Film by Quentin Tarantino” as a subtitle to the main title would draw in viewers, but they were sorely mistaken.

To me this is a prime example of a studio just not “getting it.” The consensus among people who’d actually turned out to see the double feature here in the U.S. was that Planet Terror was a lot of fun and that Death Proof stank. This was backed up by many instances of people actually walking out of the theater during Tarantino’s incredibly boring flick.

So why then, didn’t the studio follow through on it’s plan to release Planet Terror as a standalone movie as well? I’ll bet you a dollar that if they had released that on it’s own overseas it would have made at least twice the money that Death Proof brought in.

At least they are releasing Planet Terror as a standalone movie on DVD, so you won’t have to endure Death Proof, unless you want it as a sure cure for insomnia.

Planet Terror will be released on DVD on October 16th.

Source: Guardian Unlimited

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  1. I liked Death Proof quite a lot actually. The only gripe I have is they’re not releasing Grindhouse as a complete two pack movie on DVD. I’ve only seen commercials for the Death Proof DVD by itself.

  2. PG,

    Did you really? I just don’t get the appeal. Maybe if they had cut down that interminable foul-mouthed-chick conversation to about 2 minutes… but then I hear from Tarantino fans that scene is part of what they LOVE about the film!!


  3. When I saw Grindhouse in the theaters, I really hated the slow pace of Death Proof. However, I bought the DVD to see the extra footage like the missing reel of the lap dance and the movie really picked up from that point on. If you want to read more, you can go to my blog: http://monsterscifishow.wordpress.com/2007/09/24/death-proof-dvd-review/

  4. Not coming out in Oz until November, but I won’t be going. Planet Terror was the one I wanted to see. I don’t know why they delayed the release for so long, any international buzz will have died down.

    Calling it “Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof” is meaningless. Even though he is the director his name has been attached to so many projects it’s turned into another “Wes Craven presents”. A meaningless tagline.

    I’m not sure if those of you in the US are familiar with the term “fanwank”, but that’s the term I associate with QT. I don’t mind him paying homage to other films, but I don’t think I could stand another swordfight with the duelers talking about whether Superman or Batman are better. Or whatever, all his stuff blurs after a while.

    I am glad he got Hero finally released to the Western audiences after sitting on shelves for 18 months. Asians were laughing at us about that one.

  5. Weinsteins have to get their act together the far superior of the two (Planet Terror for those confused) isn’t getting a theatrical release but like a slew of great/better than half the crap out there flicks don’t get released just not fair.

  6. It is quite a mystery to me why “Death Proof” was released overseas as a stand alone film instead of the much more entertaining “Planet Terror.”