Released in theaters in 2007, the feature Death Boulevard brought in only $ 31 million in revenue worldwide. A bitter failure for a filmmaker of the caliber of Quentin Tarantino, who came back on this flop during a question and answer session with fans organized by Empire magazine.
“Regarding the Grindhouse diptych, I think Robert Rodriguez and I assumed that people felt quite close to the concept of double programs and exploitation films”Tarantino says. “No, they weren’t. Not at all. They had no idea what they were watching. What we were doing meant nothing to them. . On this specific case, we were a little too sure of ourselves. “
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And Tarantino to remember a rather special session shared with the filmmaker Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver). “I was in London for the promotion of the film before the first weekend of release. I then proposed to Edgar and his friends to go see it on Friday evening at Piccadilly”, remembers the American. “When we enter the room, there are about 13 people. At the 8:30 pm session, the day of the release, ok? It was a pretty humiliating experience. But we sat down, we watched the film and we had a good time. “
If the Grindhouse diptych was therefore a real theatrical failure (Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror worked even less with 25 million green tickets in the world), the fact remains that it benefits today from a nice status of cult work. Finally, it should be remembered that it gave rise to three spin-off films, Machete, Machete Kills and Hobo with a Shotgun.
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