I am seriously looking forward to Grindhouse, the forthcoming collaboration between Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. The initial news of this modern day homage to low-rent double features of yesteryear got my movie geek blood percolating from the word go, and every time the film takes another step towards completion I find myself on the verge of a veritable geek-gasm.

The film's official website has launched, making good use of Macromedia Flash to emulate the look and feel of a cheesy 70's B-movie, much like Grindhouse itself. It runs pretty smoothly over my DSL line, but if you're using a dial-up connection I suspect the patience of Job will be required. There's a link to the teaser trailer which Scott Weinberg mentioned not too long ago, as well as character descriptions, a story synopsis and most of the stuff you see on this type of site. Click on "downloads" and you'll find jpegs of retro posters from the films two features Planet Terror and Death Proof fitted to wallpaper size. The Grindhouse 101 section contains excerpts from the book Grindhouse: The Sleaze-Filled Saga of an Exploitation Double Feature, written by the directors and available on February 28. Amping up the site's cool factor is an interesting Flash game. I haven't quite figured it out, but it involves wandering around a grindhouse theater and picking up automatic weapons. If anyone's got suggestions on how to navigate this, please feel free to post them in the comments.

The film releases on April 6, and though it's not yet rated, the smart money says it gets an R.

[via Film ick]