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YMMV: Grindhouse
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Are we really supposed to feel sorry for Dakota (who was cheating on her husband and whose irresponsibility got her son killed) just because she's a battered wife?
    • Her cheating on her husband can certainly be excused by her being a battered wife.
  • Base Breaker: Opinions are divided on Death Proof. Some think that the car chase at the end more than makes up for all of its flaws. Others just can't stand sitting through the rest of the film up to that point.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Jungle Julia's terse text messages to Chris Simonson, whoever he is, borders on this. It doesn't come completely out of nowhere, but it is a very strange, mood-breaking scene.
    • If you listen closely, the girls actually talk about Simonson before they leave Julia's house. Apparently, he's a director who Julia's interested in (and who supposedly has a "big thing" for her), but she's annoyed with how he doesn't seem to pay much attention to her. He's supposed to show up at the bar to meet with the girls, but never does.
    Jungle Julia: If he had a big thing for me, he'd fuckin' call me, as opposed to disappearing for six months, and he'd get his ass down here more often than he does, and on my birthday he'd give me a fucking phone call! ...but other than that, he's putty in my hands.
  • Complete Monster: Stuntman Mike of Death Proof is a former stunt man and expert driver who becomes a serial killer of women by using his car as a murder weapon. He modifies the car to make it "100% Death Proof" to immunize himself from harm. Then he can use it for vehicular homicide by crashing into cars full of people and killing them in the process, or drive so dangerously that any passengers will die from the blunt force trauma caused by being thrown around in his car and hitting hard surfaces repeatedly. He extensively stalks his victims beforehand, and seems to derive sexual pleasure from his kills. He also toys with his prey, as he pursues a group of women attempting a stunt where one of them is on the hood of their car at high speed. He chases them down the road in a lengthy pursuit to see them terrified for their lives, getting kicks off the whole thing.
  • Completely Missing the Point: The initial DVD release packaged each film separately, without the fake trailers and with some of the deliberately missing footage restored. This effectively robbed the whole project of its "midnight movie double-feature" format and neatly excised a few of its funniest jokes in the process. Thankfully, the whole thing has since been released in its original format on Blu-Ray.
  • Crosses the Line Twice - At least.
  • Designated Hero: Both films feature examples of characters behaving in morally dubious ways. Planet Terror has Dakota getting over the grief caused by the absolutely stupid death of her son to get Distracted by the Sexy Cherry awfully quickly, while Death Proof has the "let's leave our friend behind to possibly get raped by Jasper solely so we can take a joyride in a classic car".
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: In Planet Terror, where the biologist's your head may asplode!
  • Ear Worm: The "Coming Attractions/Feature Presentation" theme.
  • Fetish Fuel: The legs and feet appearing in Death Proof (see also Author Appeal). And then there's the lapdance scene.
    • Also, here's Lee on the subject of her ex-boyfriend. "He likes to watch me pee." (and Lee holding her crotch as she rushes to the bathroom)
    • Werewolf Women of the SS?... Max Mosley's blood pressure just spiked.
    • Anything that happens at the go-go bar in Planet Terror.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: According to Planet Terror, Bruce Willis' character killed bin Laden by shooting him in the head. This movie was released in 2007, four years before Bin Laden would be killed in real life in exactly that way.
  • It Gets Better: Death Proof. Just sit through the first half. Brave through that and it gets better, we promise.
  • One-Scene Wonder: A few, such as Marcy, and later Jasper in Death Proof.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Played intentionally.
  • Squick: The scene where Bill is checking out the guy who got bitten has another doctor looking at incredibly disgusting pictures of medical problems from soldiers returning from Iraq. This is before the really gross stuff starts.
  • Tempting Fate: Some more egregious examples cross over into Too Dumb to Live territory.
    • Planet Terror: Dakota Block leaves her son in a car with a gun. Honestly, the outcome is too obvious to be particularly surprising or heartbreaking.
    • Death Proof: "Jungle Julia" doesn't wear her seatbelt (in fact, none of the girls riding with her do) and only seems to be able to ride in a car if her foot's hanging out the window. When Stuntman Mike takes them out, we're treated to a shot of her severed leg hitting the asphalt.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: Consider the two groups of women Stuntman Mike meets: the first group do nothing particularly wrong and they get killed. The second group act like idiotic irresponsible jackasses and we love them because they are supremely Badass.
    • Even within that second group of girls, Lee is the only one who isn't a badass. They're more than willing to leave her behind.
  • The Woobie: Awful things constantly happen to Dakota Block in Planet Terror.
    • Jerkass Woobie: And yet, she is the reason her son died and didn't seem too concerned about her son's death.

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