Said Dave Howe, President, Syfy & Chiller: “This highly stylized roller coaster ride is a throwback to 1970s grindhouse cinema. With its fast-paced thrills and indie feel, Blood Drive will make an exciting and edgy addition to Syfy’s growing slate of original scripted series.”
We don’t really know where the term “grindhouse” comes from. Either it resulted from old burlesque theaters, aka “bump and grind joints,” transitioning over to venues in which to screen low-budget, sleazy movies with the advent of cinema, or it is a reference to the way these movie studios, known for producing cheap, tawdry productions would “grind them out” with the efficiency of an assembly line. Either way, grindhouse fare has become its own art form, and it’s not without its charms—or its fans. Quentin Tarantino is an avid connoisseur, as he proved, along with fellow fan Robert Rodriquez, in their cinematic love letter to the genre for which they named their shared film, GRINDHOUSE.
Now Syfy and Universal cable Productions have announced the return of grindhouse to the small screen—not that it was ever there to begin with. Maybe we should say the premiere of grindhouse on the small screen? Whatever. The upcoming series BLOOD DRIVE (I love a good pun!) is set for a 13-episode trial run. It will feature a cross-country road race in the vein (another pun!) of MAD MAX. Only the catch is, the cars are powered not by gasoline but by human BLOOD! On your mark… !