Friday, August 8, 2008

Get BITCHSLAPed! In a B-Movie Kinda Way

Quietly (or not so quietly) making a splash on the internet is the grandchild of Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez' experimental flicks that morphed into 'Grindhouse'. Remember them? They were called 'Deathproof' and 'Planet Terror' and the original plan by the film mavericks was to release them together in a back to black block that would be connected together with some fake gory trailers.

The experience itself was meant to bring to life the old 'grindhouse' movie events. You know, the drive-ins, and the carnage, and the exploitation. The films themselves, in their original incarnation had scratches and 'missing reels', over the top violence, and empowered woman who weren't afraid to pick up a gun in a slinky dress or drive a car off a cliff and ram it into a jerk who would dare mess with their sexual liberation.

Unfortunately for Quentin and Robert, the mass audience didn't quite catch the 'GRINDHOUSE' appeal. The movies flopped at the box office, and rather than try to market them as a pair, the movies were then split up and sold as two different DVDs, and overseas, released as individual pictures, sans trailers. It's a shame, because I was able to catch the entire thing on STARZ one night, and it made for an interesting experience. On their own, the movies are kitchy and fun, but together, they made a powerful pair.

All is not lost for fans of the genre, however. Ready to take their place as the cult b-movie exploitation classic of the new millineum if the brand new BITCHSLAP. Featuring hot girls and hot cars, and hot guns and ... hot weather, the storyline is delightfully noir-ish. Three bad girls get together to attempt to extort money from a ruthless kingpin (Because that's always a GREAT idea), and things go typically to hell.

The cast is full of B-Movie superstars in the making, not limited too campy cult stars Kevin Sorbo, Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Conner from Xena and Hercules fame, and Zoe Bell, action stunt woman turned actress, who subbed for Uma Thurman in Kill Bill and then went on to dangle from a car in Deathproof (You know... that Quentin Grindhouse flick).

The website advertises it as destined to be a cult classic. You be the judge of that when you watch the trailer, and visit the official website. Sounds like they're on their way.

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