Best Car Movies List

Death Proof (2007)

R 113 min. Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Starring Kurt Russell, Death Proof Nova.

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.

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 ladies cruising Congress avenue, which seems to go on forever, much like 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 Tennessee, 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.

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).

If you haven't seen the Death Proof, I would definitely 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.

I think this is one of those moves where the trivia about the movie is better than the movie itself.