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.
  • 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.
  • Broken Base: 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.
  • Complete Monster: Stuntman Mike. Basically, a cheerful and charismatic man who, behind the wheel, becomes a lady murdering psychopath with a car. Things get worse when it's revealed this is a simple form of bullying he's committing out of wanting attention. Hence why he tries to run off like a coward near the end. At this point, his streak has made a bloody mark on the road.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Udo Kier plays the role of the leader of a supernatural Nazi project in Werewolf Women of the SS. A decade later, he's starring in Call of Duty: WWII's Zombies mode as Peter Glucksbringer Straub, the experimenter in charge of the zombie project.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • A few, such as Marcy, and later Jasper in Death Proof.
    • And Nicolas Cage as Fu Manchu, which for some is the only thing they really remember, despite it being a grand total of a few seconds.
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: Death Proof has a rough first half, though it improves after that.
  • 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.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Perhaps the biggest obstacle to enjoying Death Proof is because Planet Terror was just filled with so much balls-to-the-walls insanity, that nothing could possibly measure up to it.
  • 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.