In 2007, though we knew there was a definite possibility, it was still hard to envision feature-length versions of the gloriously silly trailers for then-faux exploitation films that accompanied the double-bill Grindhouse
, Werewolf Women of the SS
(even Hobo With a Shotgun
) said more in two minutes than they could ever say in two hours. But here we are. There is a strong kernel of plot in the original trailer---Machete
(Danny Trejo) is double-crossed on a job to assassinate a Texas senator with a hard line on immigration---but the film perhaps overcompensates for its simplistic beginnings by over-stuffing the script with twists and characters with motives. The style of the feature film is fun, but the purity of the trailer looms large.