Death Proof
Death Proof
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Produced by Quentin Tarantino

Robert Rodriguez
Elizabeth Avellan
Erica Steinberg

Written by Quentin Tarantino
Edited by Sally Menke
Music by David Arnold
Starring Kurt Russell
Rosario Dawson
Jordan Ladd
Rose McGowan
Sydney Poitier
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Zoë Bell
Tracie Thoms
Distributed by Dimension Films
Release date April 6, 2007
A White-Hot Juggernaut At 200 Miles Per Hour!
— film's tagline

Death Proof is a 2007 American action thriller slasher film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film centers on a psychopathic stunt man who stalks young women before murdering them in staged car accidents using his "death-proof" stunt car.

This film is the second part of the Grindhouse double feature.

Plot Summary

In Death Proof -- director Tarantino's take on such peddle-to-the-metal shockers as White Line Fever -- Kurt Russell stars as an engine-revving psychopath who prefers to take out his beautiful victims at 200 mph (321 km/h). Originally released into theaters on a double bill with Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror under the Grindhouse banner, Death Proof finds a group of ladies out on the town pitted against a mysterious figured named Stuntman Mike (Russell), whose vintage automobile has been partially modified to withstand even the most extreme auto collision. Though the maniacal driver himself always comes out relatively unscathed, the same certainly can't be said for the poor young lass in his passenger seat -- or anyone unfortunate enough to be on the road when the urge to kill strikes for that matter. With a list of potential road-kill candidates that includes Rose McGowan, Jordan Ladd, Rosario Dawson, and Vanessa Ferlito, Death Proof takes viewers on an adrenaline-infused drive that's as sexy as it is shocking. The film is presented in single cities. First, the Jungle Julia, Arlene, Shanna, is presented in Austin, Texas. 14 months later, Kim appears, Zoe, Abernathy and Lee, is presented in Lebanon, Tennessee.



  • In an interview with Newsweek, Quentin Tarantino stated he came up with the idea of "Death Proof" when he was talking to a friend about buying a car. Tarantino wanted to buy a Volvo because he "didn't want to die in some auto accident like the one in Pulp Fiction (1994)". In regards to the safety of the car, his friend had said, "Well, you could take any car and give it to a stunt team, and for $10,000 or $15,000, they can death-proof it for you." The "death proof" phrase had stuck to Tarantino after that.
  • Zoë Bell does all her own stunts (she was the stunt double for Uma Thurman in the "Kill Bill" series, which was also directed by Quentin Tarantino).


  • Through out the movie they simulate splices in the film, sometimes in key places like people's names. In movie projectors, the sound head is in a different location than the shutter/lens area and so the sound is a foot or two ahead of the picture frame that it corresponds with, so a splice will show a flicker then a second later hit the sound head and play static. In the movie, the sound and visual affects of the splice are simultaneous.

Film's Taglines

  • These 8 Women Are About To Meet 1 Diabolical Man!
  • White-Hot Terror At 200 MPH!
  • It's Going To Be A Wild Ride
  • A crash course in revenge

Filming Locations

  • Austin, Texas, USA
  • Buellton, California, USA



Planet Terror
Grindhouse Planet Terror - Death Proof
Fake Trailers Machete - Hobo with a Shotgun - Werewolf Women Of The S.S. - Don't - Thanksgiving
Main Characters Cherry Darling - El Wray - Dr. Dakota Block - Dr. William Block - Abby - Crazy Babysitter Twins - Lt. Muldoon - J.T. Hague - Sheriff Hague - Tammy Visan - Joe - Earl McGraw - Skip - Tony Block - Rusty
Locations The Bone Shack - Skip's Go-Go-Go Club - Hospital - Military Base - Police Station - Block Family Home - McGraw Home - Tulum
Music Planet Terror (soundtrack)
Galleries Planet Terror Gallery - Fan Art - Posters
Items Red Apple cigarettes - Great White Bites - "My Friends" - All Or Nothing Box - To Do List - DC2
Terms/Concepts Grindhouse - Amputation - Dismemberment - Useless Talents - Wray's Wreckage - Sickos - Movie References - Women in Cages
Vehicles AM General HMMWV - AM General M-939 - Blata - Cadillac DeVille Convertible - Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado - Chevrolet Bel Air - Chevrolet C/K-Series - Chevrolet Impala - Custom Made Dominator - Ford Crown Victoria - International Harvester R-Series - Lincoln Town Car Stretch Limousine - Mercedes-Benz SEL - Toyota Celica - Volvo 240
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