The pop culture saturation of a film by Quentin Tarantino cannot be denied, whether it’s paying homage to Bruce Lee in the Bride’s yellow jumpsuit in Kill Bill or inserting spaghetti Western motifs in basically all his flicks. But one fan has perhaps matched the master of meta.
The Tarantino fan behind the Youtube channel KillBillreference sifted through the numerous pop culture references in Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction and made a Youtube playlist of the multitude of actual references from some of Tarantino’s seminal works. The list tracks some well-known references (like the obvious parallels between Bruce Lee and the Bride) and some not-so-well-known references, such as Elle Driver’s (Daryl Hannah) demented whistling of the song “Twisted Nerve.” That was apparently inspired by the 1968 British psychological thriller of the same name about a deranged serial killer obsessed with a girl named Susan. Random, but creepy. The playlist ranges from mild (Flintstones–Mia Wallace square reference!) to totally terrifying (being buried alive!)
Also, who knew that the Bride’s face-off with Gogo Yubari (Chiaki Kuriyama) was influenced by Jackie Chan’s relatively mild romp Shanghai Noon)? As Hans Landa would say, this whole playlist is a total “Bingo!”
Check out video of the original work that inspired Elle Driver’s demented whistling and Tarantino’s take in Kill Bill: