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Episode No. 34: Quentin Tarantino’s DEATH PROOF (2007)

​Much has been written about Quentin Tarantino’s influences – the Spaghetti Westerns of Leone and Corbucci; the French New wave, particularly Goddard’s Band of Outsiders and Breathless; and, more significantly McBride’s 1983 remake of Breathless. And let’s not forget the Italian horrors of Mario Bava and Dario Argento; Fukusaku’s Battle Royale; and American Slasher films. With Death Proof, Tarantino creates a fascinating combination of these influences within the framework of a Slasher film.

In this episode, David Kleiler and I take on the unique genre mash-up that is Death Proof, Tarantino’s tip-of-the-hat to Grindhouse cinema.

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About Stephen Slaughter Head

Stephen Slaughter Head was co-editor of the Star Wars website, co-founder of the much-loved movie news website IGN FilmForce, and editor of the movie section at AOL’s As a film journalist he has more than 2,000 published articles at His work has also appeared on, and in Esquire magazine and the Boston Phoenix. Stephen hosts the Diabolique Webcast.

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