This past Wednesday, a friend and I saw the 20th anniversary screening of From Dusk Till Dawn. The 1996 horror/crime/action film was written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Robert Rodriguez. I give this film the rating: Not quite golden, Ponyboy.
I was only eleven when this film originally hit the theaters. My dad was a huge fan of vampire films and ended up purchasing it so I did see it not too long after. My favorite thing about seeing older movies on the big screen is how much went over my head. From Dusk Till Dawn was no exception. Everything from pertinent story details to sexual innuendos.
I love the interviews at the beginning of the TCM and Fathom Event screenings also. Tarantino said he did not want to use any CGI in this film because he thinks CGI dates movies. While I can definitely agree in regards to some movies (I’m looking at you ) I actually enjoyed it in From Dusk Till Dawn. My favorite is probably when the vampires go up in fiery blazes. I also like when the vampire take their true form.
Tarantino plays a pretty large (and revolting) part in this movie. He is Richie Gecko, a rapist, murderer, and bank robber. George Clooney plays his much more levelheaded brother, Seth. Richie just helped Seth escape from jail and they are on the run to Mexico.
Of course, the Cast in this movie…
There are some other great actors here too. Harvey Keitel plays Jacob, a minister that has lost his faith. A baby Juliette Lewis plays his daughter Kate. Cheech Marin shows up as three different characters! Tom Savini takes the cake though and plays my favorite character Sex Machine. Danny Trejo, Fred Williamson, Selma Hayek, and Kelly Preston are all here too.
On to some of the story details I missed when I was younger. A pretty important one is that this particular club tries to run out anyone that is not a traveler. Bikers and truck drivers are their customers of choice. They make it a point to kick out anyone that is neither of those two things. As far as the writing goes, that is pretty genius- the likelihood of someone coming to look for a victim are pretty slim.
If you’re in the mood for a fun, campy vampire centered movie, look no further than From Dusk Till Dawn. The perfectly sprinkled throughout laughs and awesome cast make it worth your time.