Kill Bill Vol. 1 - The Bride vs. the Crazy 88
Quentin Tarantino’s two-part homage to spaghetti westerns and Hong Kong martial arts flicks stars Uma Thurman as Beatrix Kiddo (aka, the Bride), who wakes from a coma years after being shot in the head (don’t question it) by Bill, the man she was meant to marry. Ergo the title of the movie, and its vengeful premise, but Bill leads a squad of deadly assassins, making him a tough guy to reachalso making these movies ludicrously gory. Here, the Bride easily dispatches the elite Crazy 88 swordsmen, who seem to number greater than that, but probably just because of the gallons of blood.
Highlight: The Bride takes up a second sword as the remaining Crazy 88 surround her, proceeding to sever scores of limbs while spinning to “Nobody But Me” by Human Beinzanother example of Quentin Tarantino’s penchant for playing harmless old pop songs over ultra violent scenes.
IMDB "Fact!" Approximately $60,000 of the movie's budget was used for producing swords and sword accessories.
What makes it badass: One vengeful woman takes on a huge quantity of well-dressed men by herselfeither killing, badly wounding or sternly scolding every last one of them.