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Death Proof - A White Hot Juggernaut at 200 MPH!

By: motoraustin 10/6/2010 8:00:00 AM

Death Proof movie poster

"Remember when I said this car is death proof? Well that wasn't a lie. This car is a hundred percent death proof. Only to get the benefit of it honey... you really need to be sittin' in my seat!" - Stuntman Mike

I stumbled across the movie Death Proof a few months ago at the local video store. The car on the cover caught my eye and the description mentioned that it paid tribute to many of the classic car chase movies of the 1970s. Until watching the first few minutes I had no idea that this car movie was filmed in Austin, Texas! If you haven't seen "Death Proof" then you might want to check it out, simply because part of the movie was filmed in Austin and, well, it's a car flick.

If you haven't seen it, here is a little background. Death Proof was part of a double feature called Grindhouse, which was released in 2007. The first movie was Planet Terror, a zombie movie written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. The second movie, Death Proof, was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Grindhouse was conceived to be a tribute to 1970s double feature zombie and slasher B movies. Since I didn't see Planet Terror, this post will focus on Death Proof.

Death Proof Nova Death Proof starred Kurt Russell as "Stuntman Mike", a psychopath that stalked women in his "death proof" stunt car. The film has all the gore you would expect from Mr. Tarantino, but it is isolated to two parts of the movie.

The first part of the movie takes place in Austin. It starts out with some lovely ladies cruising Congress avenue which seems to go on forever, along with the dialog. The video is scratchy and the scene transitions are choppy at times - a deliberate throwback to the low budget film making of the time. Other Austin scenes take place at Guerros restaurant and the Texas Chili Parlor.

The other half of the movie takes place in Tennesse, where Stuntman Mike is up to no good again. And as fitting, the movie culminates to a car chase scene that tries to rival the classics.

Death Proof Charger The movie also stars three cars: two reinforced, "death proof" stunt cars - a 1970 Chevy Nova and a 1969 Dodge Charger (both flat black), driven by Stuntman Mike. The other star was a white 1970 Dodge Challenger, another tribute to the movie "Vanishing Point". There are loads of references to movies with great car chase scenes such as Bullitt (1968), Vanishing Point (1971), Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974) and White Line Fever (1975).

I think this is one of those moves where the trivia about the movie is better than the movie itself. If you haven't seen the Death Proof, I would definately check it out for the following reasons:

  • Half of the movie was filmed in Austin, Texas.
  • It pays tribute to the classic car movies.
  • It has a good car chase scene at the end.
  • You can check it off your list of car movies you haven't seen.

Death Proof was shortened quite a bit in the original Grindhouse double feature. The extended version of Death Proof is the one to watch. It is still available in video stores and of course,

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