August 04, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

With killer cars and crazy prosthetic legs, Grindhouse, a pair of pictures from directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, is one of next year’s most-anticipated collaborations. Due out in April, the two movies, each a blood-and-guts tribute to ’70s exploitation flicks, will be separated by sensational trailers for fake B movies. Below, we’ve got the goods on the real films.

THE VEHICLE
”It’s a slasher movie with a car instead of a knife,” says Rodriguez of Tarantino’s Death Proof, which stars Kurt Russell as a psychotic stuntman. ”We did that poster as a silk screen. We wanted to imply an alternate film universe.”

THE GUN
In Rodriguez’s zombie-esque feature Planet Terror, Rose McGowan’s go-go dancer-turned-amputee sports a unique fake limb. The poster’s aged look, Rodriguez says, was achieved by the high-tech means of ”dragging it around a parking lot.”

THE NEEDLE
The director is tight-lipped about why actress Marley Shelton is holding a hypodermic needle in another Terror poster. But he’s more verbose on the subject of Grindhouse sequels: ”Yeah, there may be a couple. One might be kung fu. One sexploitation. They’re a blast to make!”

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