Filmmaker Stephen Tramontana has some harsh words for Quentin Tarantino:
Quentin Tarantino is a thieving piece of shit and he knows it. He stole Grindhouse from a bunch of kids who were just asking for his help and he helped them by stealing their title and concept.
Them's fightin' words!
Tramontana makes his claim on a new website he put up to capitalize on the release of the Tarantino/Rodriguez blood and boob sleazefest which opened this past Friday to solid reviews and tepid receipts.
On the site, Tramontana writes about stalking Tarantino and pitching his idea, then sending a tape (even after Tarantino says he doesn't want it), but as far as I can tell the only thing these two movies share is a name. It seems the filmmaker has pulled the trailer off YouTube himself and I wasn't able to find it anywhere else. [EDIT: The trailer is active again on the website and now it's clear there are no conceptual similarities].
Starting to sound more like sour grapes? I'd be more convinced if Tarantino didn't have such a long public love affair with grindhouse movies dating much earlier than Tramontana's low-budget flick, going so far as to release some classics on DVD through Miramax.
But where Tramontana really hits below the belt is in the final wish:
If there's any justice in the world, he'll fall out of favor and have to watch as his long, long-gestating World War 2 epic, Inglorious Bastards, gets handed over to Lloyd Kauffman [sic] to produce and Uwe Boll to direct.
Now enjoy this hilarious fake trailer from the Grindhouse that's playing at a theater near you, at least until YouTube pulls it: