• Planet Terror; Machete Kills; Sin City; From Dusk Till Dawn (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
Enjoy hours of mayhem and riotous fun this November, thanks to these pulpy homages by Tarantino's BFF, Robert Rodriguez. Every Wednesday on SBS 2.
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26 Oct 2015 - 5:10 PM  UPDATED 5 Nov 2015 - 9:26 AM

Wednesday 4 November, 8:30pm

Planet Terror

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(USA, action/horror/sci-fi, 2007)

MA15+
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Rose McGowan, Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis, Freddy Rodriguez
What's it about?
Planet Terror, the other half of the Rodriguez-Tarantino double-bill project Grindhouse, has got all your B-grade movie needs covered – gore, guns, zombies, ladies – and simply is a lot of fun. When an experimental gas is accidentally released at a remote military base in Texas, it turns millions into zombies out to kill. Sexy stripper Cherry (Rose McGowan) – who after being mutilated by a zombie transforms her body into a powerful weapon – her shady ex-boyfriend (Freddy Rodriguez, from Six Feet Under), a strong-willed doctor and the local sheriff must join forces to survive. 

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Scanners

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(Canada, horror/sci-fi,thriller, 1981)

MA15+
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan, Lawrence Dane
What's it about?
David Cronenberg's mindblowing Scanners also offers its fair share of blood and gore, and launched a genre in itself – Cronenberg's favourite subject – body horror. Scanners are people with extraordinary telepathic powers, who can read people's minds, make them mad or even explode. Darryl Revok, a rebellious scanner, is the leader of an underground movement and decides to wage a war against a weapons manufacturer who uses people of his ilk for their dastardly purposes.

Read: David Cronenberg: Matters of the Head and Horror

 

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Wednesday 11 November, 8:30pm

Machete Kills

Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

(USA, thriller/crime/action, 2013)

MA15+
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Michelle Rodriguez, Danny Trejo, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard
What's it about?
Based on the Grindhouse fake trailers (on which Rodriguez collaborated with Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth), this sequel to Machete sees Danny Trejo return as ex-Federale agent Machete, who is recruited by the U.S. President to take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet. You'll get your fix of explosions, sexy ladies and self-referential jokes in this star-studded "Mexploitation" flick, which includes Modern Family's Sofia Vergara leading a group of badass women, as well as Antonio Banderas, Lady Gaga and Mel Gibson.

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Videodrome

(Canada, horror/sci-fi/thriller, 1983)

MA15+
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: James Woods, Deborah Harry, Sonja Smits
What's it about?
Let yourself be swallowed up by this other cult classic by Cronenberg, where a mysterious underground TV station is transmitting programs which show the torture of actual victims. When Max, a cable programmer, discovers the macabre programs, he sets out to find the people responsible, and discovers that whoever watches the show succumbs to hallucinations and an incurable disease. But soon, he finds himself addicted to it and his life spins out of control. 

   

Wednesday 18 November, 8:30pm

Sin City

(USA, action/crime/thriller, 2005)

MA15+
Directors: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
Starring: Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson
What's it about?
Adapted from Frank Miller's graphic novels, the stunning neo-noir Sin City , which was nominated for the Palme d'Or and won the Technical Grand Prize in Cannes, is a perfect fusion of comic book art and film. The first of the three stories follows policeman John Hartigan (Bruce Willis), who tries to save a young girl from the sadistic son of a Senator. In The Hard Goodbye, tough guy Marv (Mickey Rourke) scours the city to avenge the death of prostitute Goldie. Meanwhile, private investigator Dwight (Clive Owen) will stop at nothing to protect the ladies of the night against vengeful cops.

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Re-Animator

(USA, horror/sci-fi/comedy, 1985)

MA15+
Director: Stuart Gordon
Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton
What's it about?
Adapted from H.P. Lovecraft’s 1922 pulp horror story, Re-Animator follows Herbert West, a brilliant but deranged scientist conducting clandestine experiments within the morgue at Miskatonic University. One day, he reveals to a fellow student his groundbreaking work on the re-animation of fresh corpses. However, his obsession soon sends him further into madness. With a good dose of black humour, plenty of gore and a chilling performance by Jeffrey Combs, Re-Animator "will scare you to pieces".

 

Wednesday 25 November 25, 8:30pm

From Dusk Till Dawn

(USA, action/crime/cult/horror, 1996)

MA15+
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Salma Hayek
What's it about?
This pulpy horror movie has become a cult classic since its release in 1996, due in no small part to the legendary scene where Salma Hayek dances sensually with a snake writhing around her curvaceous body. Quentin Tarantino (who wrote the screenplay) and George Clooney star as two dangerous outlaws, who after kidnapping a family, head south to a seedy Mexican bar to hide out in safety. However, they soon realise that the entire place is teeming with vicious, blood-sucking vampires and that they will have to team up with their own hostages if they want to survive this giant splatter fest.

Watch the original Movie Show 4-star review
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Bride of Re-Animator

(USA, horror/sci-fi/comedy, 1989)

MA15+
Director: Brian Yuzna
Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Claude Earl Jones, Fabiana Udenio, David Gale, Kathleen Kinmont
What's it about?
The mad Dr. Herbert West returns in this terrifying sequel, set eight months after the events of Re-Animator. Dr. West and Dr. Cain continue their strange experiments, this time attempting to create the perfect woman by joining the legs of a hooker and the womb of a virgin to the heart of Dr. Cain's dead girlfriend. A grisly and witty tribute to The Bride of Frankenstein.

 

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