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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Death Proof


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Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof is one of his purest movies – a balls-out, gritty, 70s-style exploitation flick. Here are 7 things that you might not pick up on your first viewing.

7. Stuntman Mike’s License Plates Are From Famous Car Chases

The license plates on both of Stuntman Mike’s cars are homages to two famous car chase vehicles – JJZ-109 was Steve McQueen’s plate number in Bullitt and 983-DAN was on the Dodge Charger in Dirty Mary Crazy Larry. (Warning: NSFW)


6. It’s The Only Tarantino Movie That Runs in Chronological Order

Quentin Tarantino is notorious for monkeying with the timeline of his films, but the down-low style of Death Proof meant he had to skip the flashbacks and other such trickery.


5. The Police Are Father and Son

The two police officers who are in the hospital questioning Stuntman Mike are played by father and son actors Michael and James Parks. The pair also play cops in Kill Bill and the two From Dusk Till Dawn movies.


4. There’s a Big Trouble in Little China Reference

If you look closely at the wall of the bar during the film’s opening sequence, you’ll see a tank top with a samurai and a rising sun on it. That’s the same tank top Kurt Russell’s character wore in the John Carpenter classic.

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3. The Dodge Challenger Isn’t Factory Standard

The 1970 Dodge Challenger driven by the girls in the film’s last car chase has window frames on the doors – but the ’70 model was a hardtop and didn’t have frames. They were welded in so Zoe Bell could do the “ship’s mast” stunt.


2. Ving Rhames Was Considered for Stuntman Mike

Kurt Russell does an amazing job as the twisted ex-stuntman Mike who gets off on running women off the road, but the part was previously offered to both Mickey Rourke and Ving Rhames.


1. The Jukebox Belongs to Quentin Tarantino

Music is a huge part of all of QT’s films, so let’s close with a music-related trivia bit. The jukebox in the Texas Chili Parlor is Quentin Tarantino’s personal property, containing his personal 45 collection, and all of the song titles were hand-written by the director.


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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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