There’s been a spat of high-concept, low-brow send-ups to terrible exploitation films over the last several years (Drive Angry 3D, Black Dynamite) and we owe a debt of gratitude to Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, the masterminds behind Grindhouse, which started it all. Rodriguez failed to live up to his faux-trailer for Machete in the actual feature-length format, but Hobo with a Shotgun (which was a faux-trailer shown with Grindhouse in Canada) lives up to the insanity of its initial trailer draft thanks in part to Rutger Hauer, inventive kills, and actors who know they’re in a depraved, cackling, over-the-top, fucked up movie. Continue reading
Danny Trejo has been playing Machete for over fifteen years. Introduced in Robert Rodriguez’s Desperado as Navajas (“jack knife” according to my translation), Machete has cropped up throughout the Rodriguez universe as “Uncle Machete” in the Spy Kids films and as “Cuchillo” (Spanish for knives) in the Rodriguez produced Predators. Of course it was the mock trailer for Machete featured in Grindhouse that made movie nerds piss themselves with glee over such a ridonkulous (that’s right, redonkulous) movie. And Rodriguez decided to serve it right up with a full length treatment. Continue reading
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Over at Rope of Silicon, they’ve posted a re-vamped version of the Grindhouse fake trailer, Hobo with a Shotgun. If you didn’t see it, you’re probably in the U.S. as it was a trailer screened mostly in Canada. The original trailer fit the Grindhouse experience with a ridiculous title that matched its content:
Just like Machete, the trailer has birthed a full length film. The trailer for the feature has been released – featuring Rutger Hauer as the hobo with a shotgun.
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The summer film season is coming to a close, but there is plenty to look forward to. Here is your complete mega movie fall preview.
I believe that trailers reveal so much information that it can spoil or at least impede the experience of watching a film for the first time. I would recommend avoiding trailers if you know you’re going to see a film. If you’re unsure of a film, however, be my guest.
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Over at Ain’t It Cool News, Harry Knowles is saying that Robert Rodriguez and Danny Trejo stopped by to give him an “illegal” trailer for the upcoming release of once-Grindhouse trailer, now full length feature, Machete.
Evidently the plot of the film is in line with the current anti-immigration fervor in Arizona, so given the political resonance, the trailer is a message for Arizona.
Here was the fake trailer put together for Grindhouse:
Soon after Grindhouse, Rodriguez began making a full movie from the Machete trailer. It will be released September 3, 2010.
The cast for the film is ridiculous: Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro, Steven Seagal, Michelle Rodriguez, Tom Savini, and Lindsay Lohan make up this Mexploitation of awesomeness.
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io9 is reporting from the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) where producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimrod Antal have shown footage of their film, Predators. You can see the footage at this io9 piece or at the official website.
For the uninitiated, Predators is a direct sequel to the original 1987 Predator. In the film Predators have brought the best warriors of Earth to duke it out on the Predator homeworld and stars Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace, and a possible cameo from Schwarzenegger.
io9 has also reported that Brody gained 25 pounds of muscle and refused to sleep in a hotel, staying out in the Hawaiian jungle to get into the part. This would make sense since Brody had eating issues after losing so much weight for The Pianist.
Director Antal also tried to assuage fears that Predators will not be like recent renditions of the franchise where building suspense and fear are sacrificed in favor of showing off the monsters. “Trying to keep the monster in the shadows, more than throwing him in your face off the bat.” The film is supposed to be practical effects heavy and Fox, who financed the film, told Rodriguez to protect the film from the studio’s own interference.
On the one hand, all of this sounds great and the behind the scenes footage jives with the talk, but could this be the filmmakers telling hardcore film fans what they want to hear (practical effects, low studio involvement, investment from cast)?
If it weren’t for Rodriguez’s filmography, I would be more skeptical. He’s been able to bring us blood and awesomeness for the last two decades (although maybe not enough in the 2000’s), so I think they got the perfect guy to shepherd a new Predator film. With Rodriguez releasing Machete in April and Predators in July, we’ll have a lot to look forward to.
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