While discussing his purported retirement from Hollywood with The Hollywood Reporter during the press outfit’s annual round table chat, which included fellow directors Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, and Gu Van Sant among others, Tarantino declared that “Death Proof,” his segment of the 2007 double-feature film “Grindhouse” which he shared with Robert Rodriguez — was his worst film — and if that counted as his worst, then it wasn’t half-bad.
“To me, it’s all about my filmography, and I want to go out with a terrific filmography,” he declared. “Death Proof has got to be the worst movie I ever make. And for a left-handed movie, that wasn’t so bad, all right? So if that’s the worst I ever get, I’m good. But I do think one of those out-of-touch, old, limp, flaccid-dick movies costs you three good movies as far as your rating is concerned.”
The film in question — which tells the tale of Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell), a serial killer who murders his victims via car crashes (from which he is safely kept from harm, via a car which has been modified to protect the driver’s seat), and the group of women who put an end to his reign of terror — definitely has lots of fans. “Death Proof” currently carries a 65% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes. So, even at what Tarantino himself considers his worst, his work is still memorable.