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10 Years Later, I’m Still Craving Rob Zombie’s ‘Werewolf Women of the SS’

Starring Nicolas Cage as Fu Manchu!

Ten years ago, on this very day, something magical happened. Something that will never happen again, as long as I live. On April 6th, 2007, the double feature film Grindhouse was released into theaters nationwide. To this day, it’s the most fun experience I’ve ever had at the movies.

A big budget love letter to low budget exploitation, Grindhouse was the fitting name given to the double feature of Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof and Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror. It was a passion project for both filmmakers, and they went all out to ensure it wasn’t merely a movie but rather a communal experience that would evoke the spirit of, well, grindhouse cinema.

And oh boy did they nail it.

In between the two films, a series of faux trailers promised four movies we were pretty sure we’d never see: Rodriguez’s Machete, Edgar Wright’s Don’t, Rob Zombie’s Werewolf Women of the SS, and Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving. Of course, Rodriguez did end up making Machete a few years later. Ironically, the once-fake film became way more successful at the box office than Grindhouse itself (the double feature experience was a massive flop), soon leading to a sequel.

As for the other three films, they seem destined to forever remain as fake as they were originally conceived to be. My personal favorite of the fictitious trailers? Werewolf Women of the SS, Rob Zombie’s loving homage to Nazisploitation cinema – namely, 1975’s Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS. Zombie put together a fun cast including Bill Moseley, wife Sheri Moon, Tom Towles, Udo Kier, Sybil Danning and even Nicolas Cage for his contribution to Grindhouse, humorously advertised as “the true story about Hitler’s diabolical plans to create a race of superwomen.”

Different than the trailers Wright, Roth and Rodriguez put together, Zombie damn near made a film out of his wacky concept. As he explained to the LA Times shortly before the release of Grindhouse, Zombie shot enough footage to make a half-hour Werewolf Women of the SS movie, which he was pained to have to cut down for a trailer that ran less than two-minutes.

To date, most of the cut footage has never been released – though an extended, 5-minute version of the trailer can be found on Blu-ray. But like the other filmmakers who took part in the once-in-a-lifetime project, Zombie has toyed with the idea of turning Werewolf Women of the SS into a feature over the years. Unfortunately, the box office failure of Grindhouse, along with related rights issues, may prevent it from ever happening. He told SciFiNow back in 2013:

[A feature] was originally the plan and we certainly spoke about the spin-off movies at the time. Of course, they ended up doing Machete, but the others fell to the side. I would still love to make it but it is probably never going to happen because I do not own the rights. The whole Grindhouse thing is owned by Dimension. It is a shame because it would have been a great movie – but when Grindhouse did not pan out to be the success that Dimension were hoping for that was pretty much the end of it.

Never say never, I suppose. You can revisit Zombie’s Werewolf Women of the SS trailer below. Underneath you’ll find a 9-minute featurette about the making of the fake trailer.

Happy 10th, Grindhouse!



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COMMENTS

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  • There truly needs to be a petition and a crowdfunder to get this film finished and released as a full length feature,considering the name cast that is in it and that they’re not getting any younger and Rob Zombie could certainly need a critically acclaimed new film on his filmmaking resume,even if RZ has to get one of his(or Robert Rodriguez’s) regular cinematographers or editors to get the film fully completed(knowing how RZ despise The Weinstein Brothers[who own the GRINDHOUSE rights]) since it would be a major sin for the world to not have this film in its full length form(as well as place a proper film on the recent film resumes of both Nicolas Cage and Sybil Danning[who hasn’t done a film since the truly abominable VIRUS X]).

    • DucksonAPlain

      But I don’t want a Critically Acclaimed movie called Werewolf Women of the SS. I want schlock. It would just be wrong if critics loved the film.

  • James

    No what we really needed was Roth’s Thanksgiving. Now that trailer was awesome.

  • oh_riginal

    Hell, I wish all those trailers were made into movies. Ironically, Machete wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be. It lost something in conversion from trailer to feature that made the trailer work. The final act felt like a retread of themes from Once Upon a Time in Mexico, rather than a natural conclusion to the type of film that the trailer was going for.

  • jackstark211

    I still remember Grindhouse being one of my favorite films to watch in the theater. A friend and I smuggled some scotch in with us. I think only 10 people were at the show.

    • Meatwad

      I remember seeing Pet Cemetery 2 at the theatre way back when. I had smuggled in flasks of whiskey and was full on mixing drinks and getting smashed. After awhile I didn’t even care about the movie LOL.

  • J Jett

    this Werewolf Women of the SS trailer was never a favorite of mine. i still would have loved a real/full movie of “Don’t” or “Thanksgiving”.

  • Peter Kushing

    Fuck yeah.I wish this would get made. All of Zombie’s films are great.

  • Matthen Key

    Am I wrong in thinking that they are forgetting the fake trailer for Hobo with a Shotgun, which also itself became a real movie like Machete? I’d swear I saw a great fake trailer for that where it was some generic guy but then when they made the actual movie later, they cast Rutger Hauer in the lead role. I’d swear I remember seeing the Hobo with a Shotgun trailer as part of Grindhouse…

    • Q.

      I think it was a Canadian competition and featured in the Canadian theatrical release of Grindhouse. I can’t remember if the trailer appears on the Blu Ray – I think it does, but again not sure if it’s only on the Canadian release. Similarly, not sure if Hobo With a Shotgun was released theatrically outside of Canada.

      • lostboy408

        The trailer was only for the Canadian release. Its not been on any release here in the U.S. The movie that became of it did get a release here though. Pretty cool flick.

      • DucksonAPlain

        There’s no need to remember things any more. Just Google it, dude.

        Full story is that is won a contest to promote Grindhouse in Canada, and was screened in some areas of Canada as part of the actual release of Grindhouse.

    • Alanmac

      It’s the Mandela effect!

  • Modok

    At the time Grindhouse was released, I would’ve loved to see a Rob Zombie movie. He was still at his peak, having made The Devil’s Rejects a couple years before. But it’s been downhill since then. His last two movies, Lords of Salem and 31, were pretty bad. I have no confidence that a Werewolf Women of the SS movie wouldn’t be more of the same.

    Besides, the best fake trailer in Grindhouse was “Don’t.”

  • Jason Stewart

    In Fairness, it looks better than 31 :/

  • Dr. Carrion Crow

    I believe Don’t is the better trailer.

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    man is BD really deleting commentaries?

  • Some studio should make Don’t and Thanksgiving!

    • diapers

      Here-here. Thanksgiving was my favorite of the bunch, “Don’t” being a close second. Every thanksgiving I force feed the Thanksgiving trailer to my entire extended family.

  • diapers

    Perhaps Grindhouse flopped because no one was prepared for the format. It kinda came out of left field. We are now properly seasoned and prepared! I’d pay good money to see new installments on the big screen. Especially at a show house that serves adult beverages 😉

  • PsychoMantis18

    It woulda been siiiiiick!

  • ArcLight

    Heck, at this point I’d be happy if the teased comic-book version made it to print.

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