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A grindhouse is an American term for a theater that mainly shows exploitation films. It is named after the defunct burlesque theatres located on 42nd Street in New York City, where 'bump n' grind' dancing and striptease used to be on the bill.[1]


In the film Lady of Burlesque (1943) one of the characters refers to the burlesque theatre on 42nd Street, where they are performing stripteases and bump and grind dances, as a "grindhouse".

The introduction of television greatly eroded the audience for local and single-screen movie theatres, many of which were built during the cinema boom of the 1930s. In combination with urban decay after white flight out of older city areas in the mid to late 1960s, changing economics forced these theatres to either close or offer something that television could not. In the 1970s these theatres were put to new use as venues for exploitation films,[1] either adult pornography and sleaze, or slasher horror and dubbed martial arts films from Hong Kong[2].

Grindhouse films characteristically contain large amounts of sex, violence or bizarre subject matter. Quality varied, but low budget production values and poor print quality were common. Critical opinions varied regarding typical grindhouse fare, but many films acquired cult following and critical praise. Double, triple, and "all night" bills on a single admission charge often encouraged patrons to spend long periods of time in the theaters.

Some drive-ins screened grindhouse material, but by definition a grindhouse is an indoor theatre.

By the 1980s, home video threatened to render the grindhouse obsolete. By the end of the decade, these theaters had vanished from Los Angeles's Broadway and Hollywood Boulevard, New York City's Times Square and San Francisco's Market Street. By the mid-1990s, these particular theaters had all but disappeared from the United States. Very few are in existence today.

The concept of the grindhouse film has made several reappearances in modern popular culture. For example, the films, Planet Terror and Death Proof (released together as Grindhouse) were created as an homage to the lost genre. The 2009 video game, The House of the Dead: Overkill also serves as a parody of the old grindhouse horror movies, with each specific level lampooning a particular genre. The Author Jacques Boyreau created a book about the Grindhouse Legacy and relased Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS Box on 13 December 2009.[3]


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From Wikiquote

Grindhouse is a 2007 anthology film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. The film is a double feature consisting of two feature-length segments bookended by fictional trailers for upcoming attractions, advertisements, and in-theater announcements. The film's title derives from the U.S. film industry term "grindhouse," which refers to a movie theater specializing in B movies, often exploitation films showcasing graphic violence and sexuality, shown in a multiple-feature format.

The first film is "Planet Terror," a zombie movie directed by Rodriguez and starring Rose McGowan and Freddy Rodriguez. The second is "Death Proof," a car-chase film directed by Tarantino and starring Kurt Russell and Tracie Thoms. The trailers are for films entitled "Machete" (also directed by Rodriguez), "Werewolf Women of the SS" (helmed by Rob Zombie), "Don't" (directed by Edgar Wright), and "Thanksgiving" (shot by Eli Roth).


Planet Terror

  • Doctor Block: I'm gonna eat your brains and gain your knowledge.
  • Quentin Tarantino/Rapist: I ain't never seen a one-legged stripper. I've seen a stripper with one breast. I've seen one with twelve toes. But I ain't never seen one with one leg...and I've been to Morocco.


J.T.: Hey, hey. You want some barbeque? Best in Texas.
Cherry: Oh, no thanks.
J.T.: What's the matter? You don't eat meat?
Cherry: Oh, I eat meat. I also eat lots of shit.
Cherry: [grins] See that?
J.T.: What's that?
Cherry: Shit-eating grin.
J.T.: [laughs] You ought to be a comedian.

Quentin Tarantino/Rapist: You know what this is?
Cherry: A gun?
Quentin Tarantino/Rapist: It's simplicity itself. You see you point it at what you want to die, then you pull the little trigger here, and a little bullet comes out here and the bullet hits you right there [pokes her forehead]. And you know what? You don't look like Ava Gardner no more.

Death Proof


Stuntman Mike: Do I frighten you?
[Arlene nods]
Stuntman Mike: Is it my scar?
Arlene: It's your car.

Pam: So what's your name, Icy?
Stuntman Mike: Stuntman Mike.
Pam: Stuntman Mike's your name?
Stuntman Mike: You ask anybody.
Pam: Hey, Warren. Who is this guy?
Warren: Stuntman Mike.
Pam: And who the hell is Stuntman Mike?
Warren: He's a stuntman.

Stuntman Mike: [To Pam] Well, ain't you so sweet you make sugar taste just like salt!

Stuntman Mike: [Thinking he has shaken Kim, Zoe and Abbie] Jesus fucking Christ it's about time!

Stuntman Mike: Get ready to fly, bitch!

Pam: How did you get into the stuntman industry?
Stuntman Mike: I'd assume the way everyone else gets into it.
Pam: How is that?
Stuntman Mike: My brother got me into it.
Pam: And who's your brother?
Stuntman Mike: Stuntman Bob.

Stuntman Mike: Alright Pam, which way are you heading?
Pam: Right.
Stuntman Mike: That's too bad...
Pam: Why?
Stuntman Mike: Well there was a fifty-fifty chance on which direction you'd take. You see we're both going left, you could've just as easily been going the same and if that happened it might have been awhile before you started to get scared. But Seen as your going Right, I'm afraid you're gonna have to get scared...Immediately.
[He speeds off]

Stuntman Mike: (Catches his breath)Oh ladies that was fun! Well... adios!
[Kim shoots Stuntman Mike in the shoulder miliseconds later]

[Stuntman Mike was thrashing Pam around in the car while driving dangerously]
Pam: Hey, I, I get it. It's just a joke. I know all about jokes but if you can just let me out now, I promise I won't tell anybody because I know it's a joke. Please just-
Stuntman Mike: Hey Pam, remember how I said this car is death proof? Well that wasn't a lie, this car is a hundred percent death proof. But in order to get the full benefit of it honey, you really need to be sitting in my seat.
[He slams on the brakes and sends Pam face first into the dashboard, killing her.]

Stuntman Mike: Do you hear me, Butterfly? Miles to go before you sleep.

Lee: You carry a gun?
Kim: Uh-Huh.
Lee: Do you have a license to carry it?
Kim: Yeah, when I became a secret service agent, they gave me a license.
Lee: Oh, I didn't know you were. Ok. I didn't say it. Stop looking at me. I didn't say it. God! Did you know Kim carried a gun?
Abernathy: Yes. Yeah. Do I approve? No. Do I know? Yes.
Kim: I don't know what futuristic utopia you live in, but in the world I live in, a bitch needs a gun.
Abernathy: You can't get around the fact that people who carry guns, tend to get shot more than people who don't.
Kim: And you can't get around the fact that if I go down to the laundry room in my building at midnight enough times, I might get my ass raped!
Lee: Don't do your laundry at midnight.
Kim: Fuck that! I wanna do my laundry whenever the fuck I want to do my laundry.
Abernathy: There are other things you can carry other then a gun. Pepper spray.
Kim: Uh, muthafucka tryin to rape me, I don't want to give him a skin rash. I wanna shut that nigga down!
Abernathy: How about a knife at least.
Kim: Yeah, you know what happens to muthafuckas who carry knives. They get shot! Look, if I ever become a famous actress, I won't carry a gun. I'll hire me a dude dirt nigga and he'll carry the gun, and when shit goes down, I'll sit back and laugh, but until that day, it's wild west muthafucka!

Kim: Oh you know I can't let you go...
[Abernathy and Zoe see that they're heading straight for a drop-off]
Abernathy: Kim?
Kim: Not without tappin' that ass...
Zoe: Umm Kim?
Kim: One... More... TIME!

Kim: I'm bout to bust a nut up in this bitch muthafucka!

Jungle Julia to Buterfly:

      What about kinda cute, kinda hot, kind of sexy,
      hysterically funny but not funny looking guy  
      who you could fuck did you not understand?

Shanna: Where the hell is Lana Frank?!
Julia: That's a good fucking question!

Faux Trailers


  • And Nicolas Manchu!


  • If you're gonna hire Machete to kill the bad guy, you better make damn sure the bad guy isn't YOU!
  • He knows the score. He gets the women. And he kills the bad guys.
  • They just fucked with the wrong Mexican.


  • If you... were thinking... of opening... that door... DON'T!
  • If you... were thinking... of going... downstairs... DON'T!

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