The whole point of a grind house film is that it contains material too explicit to be shown in mainstream theaters. Well, now the upcoming Tarantino/Rodriguez “Grindhouse” double feature is facing that challenge in terms of its content.
The New York Post reports that there is no way the current version of the film can earn an “R” rating, not a problem for the intended audience but definitely a problem for the exhibitors, marketing people and advertisers who won’t be able to promote or display either an NC-17 or Unrated version.
The good news is that the directors have intentionally added splices into their films anyhow so further ‘splicing’ of naughty content shouldn’t prove an issue. Unfortunately most of the problems seem to stem from the faux trailers in-between these features.
Rob Zombie’s “Werewolf Women of the SS” features shots of all topless female POW’s in a Nazi concentration camp, and one scene where a topless girl is tied down to a table, drained of blood and branded with a steel swastika.
Eli Roth’s “Thanksgiving” has a scene in which Jordan Ladd is giving oral sex to her boyfriend and halfway through realizes he has been decapitated, a fully nude cheerleader dies in a trampoline-related accident, and an obese man eats a baby.
It’s expected some cuts will have to be made, many saying it’s a shame the talk of a ‘hard R’ rating to replace the utterly useless ‘NC-17’ wasn’t talked about sooner as this kind of film is a perfect first candidate.