In an age when big-budget superhero comic book adaptations like ‘Spider-Man,’ big-budget adventure epics like ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and big-budget animated films like ‘Happy Feet’ are the highest-grossing films of the year, it seems strange to think that there would also be a large audience for a film that isn’t so, well, big-budgeted. A film that prides itself on looking like the filmmakers had almost no money and has intentionally mediocre production value would seem to be exactly the kind of film the big studios would want to stay away from, and which mainstream audiences would immediately dismiss as worthless (Of course, these are the same audiences that make films like ‘Blades of Glory’ so profitable, so their judgment on that isn’t exactly the most trustworthy.)
So it’s pleasantly surprising to see that the latest project by outsider directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez is not only a deliberate attempt to re-create the look and style of the no-budget exploitation films, but is being released and marketed by Dimension Pictures as if it will appeal to a wider audience than existing fans of cult cinema.
It may sound like a clich