Two separate sets of women encounter a mysterious man named
Stuntman Mike, who uses his "death-proof" cars to kill women.
Death Proof (2007)
Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Starring Kurt Russell, Zoë Bell, Rosario Dawson,
Vanessa Ferlito, Tracie Thoms, Sydney Poitier,
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rose McGowan
If you've ever wondered what a Tarantino horror film would look like, this is as close as you're gonna get. Death Proof is a kick ass horror thriller about women who kick ass. It's the better half of Tarantino and Rodriguez's Grindhouse collaboration, mostly because I think Tarantino took his film more seriously. It shows off downtown Austin, Texas and features some truly remarkable stunt work. Plus, it has Kurt Russell as a bad guy. How often do you get to see that?
The character of Stuntman Mike is a pretty straightforward guy. He's a stuntman (obviously) who uses his reinforced "death-proof" cars to brutally murder various groups of gorgeous women. If it sounds twisted, that's because it is. Tuned to yet another badass soundtrack, Stuntman Mike meets Group #1, whom he rips apart with his car in a surprisingly grisly scene that propels this action thriller straight into the realm of horror. By this point in the film, we're all surprised. Those women were our heroes, right? Now they're dead. What now? Well, I'll tell you what now. Meet Group #2.
Group #2, featuring Rosario Dawson and stuntwoman Zoë Bell, are targeted by Mike and attacked, but they turn the tables on him and embark on an awesome car chase scene complete with some incredible stuntwork that immediately turned Zoë Bell into one of my favorite Tarantino regulars. Death Proof is a simple yet powerful story featuring a maniac who kills women, until he runs into the wrong women. If ever there has been a more satisfying case of the hunter becoming the hunted, I don't know about it.