Tag Archives: Eli Roth

Piranha

THERE’S SOMETHING IN THE WATER.  Not really a remake of the original Piranha (1978) as much as a cheap, humorous 3D thrillride that wants to evoke memories of Jaws (1975), complete with Elisabeth Shue as a very Brody-esque small-town sheriff and Richard Dreyfuss in a glorified cameo as “Matt”. Definitely not exciting (and unfortunately not … Continue reading Piranha

Inglourious Basterds: Putting Out Fire

A BASTERD’S WORK IS NEVER DONE. Quentin Tarantino loves crappy B movies, especially if they were made with a sense of humor and by a filmmaker who had at least some sense of style. He’s built his entire career on this infatuation, but one thing has always been clear – Tarantino is considerably more gifted … Continue reading Inglourious Basterds: Putting Out Fire

Planet Terror

FULLY LOADED. A deadly biochemical agent is released into the air, turning its victims into zombies; a group of survivors in Texas try to save themselves. Director Robert Rodriguez’s homage to old 1970s sleaze flicks certainly looks like one (there’s even a reel “missing”!) and goes very nicely together with Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof. This film may … Continue reading Planet Terror

Death Proof

A WHITE-HOT JUGGERNAUT AT 200 MILES PER HOUR! A retired stuntman (Kurt Russell) drives around the South in his old “death-proof“ car and tries to charm women; the question is if they can survive a ride with him. The second part of the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez experiment Grindhouse certainly looks like one of those old exploitation flicks that … Continue reading Death Proof

Hostel

WELCOME TO YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE. Three backpackers, two Americans and one Icelander, go to a small village near Bratislava where the local hostel is chock-full of hot women who want to have sex. It’s a trap, of course. This grisly horror movie, vaguely reminiscent of The Wicker Man (1973), takes forever to build suspense, portrays Eastern Europeans as … Continue reading Hostel