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From Dusk Till Dawn

A 1996 action-horror-comedy film directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Kurtzman.

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The Vampire genre gets an overhaul...

  • Feb 22, 2010
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Since Dracula first graced the silver screen  with his presence in  1931 vampires have become the  number #1  horror  icon  of all time   and a major staple of almost every creature feature from then on; from  1931 to 1992  Dracula reigned supreme over the  screens as the most terrifying creature ever invented. With his departure after Francis Ford Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula" the vampire genre seemed all but dead(no pun intended.) until 1996  when the genre  had some new life   breathed into it  by  two  up and coming directors  Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino  there collaborated effort was    a little known film at the time but has since now become one of the greatest, and only, cult classic  to ever grace the genre there film was called from Dusk till Dawn" and today it is still consider the film that restarted the vampire genre.

Robert Rodriguez & Quentin Tarantino 's "From Dusk till Dawn"  is not a  traditional vampire flick,  in fact in the beginning you don't even suspect that  or even think that this film is a vampire flick. "From Dusk till Dawn" starts out being a hostage drama in the first act and then in the second act it quickly and unexpectedly turns into a survival horror thriller that pays homage not only to Mexican horror films but also the golden oldies of the 70's and early to mid 80's, this film literally serves as a testament that just because you’ve think you've seen it before you haven't. "From Dusk till Dawn" will not entertain everyone   but it will entertain the die hard, can't get enough fans of the vampire genre this film won't disappoint.

George Clooney always plays either the clean cut lawyer or charming criminal in this film he is neither charming or nice instead Clooney plays a character that we as moviegoers have rarely ever seen and while at first he rubs you the wrong way, gradually you begin to like and respect his character as the film's story quickly spins out of control but Clooney never losses his cool in the film not even for a second. He's always level headed and thinks it through that is why  his character  and Clooney himself succeeds at evoking a sense of  realism   in this film  without  him  and someone else playing the character  I don't think this film would have felt as real as it did. Harvey Keitel is a class act  in this film   he doesn't play a gangster( Reservoir Dogs), or an FBI agent(National Treasure  I & II)   instead he plays a preacher  and a family man   which is strange  to see him play  as he is know to always play the tough guy.  But while Keitel is tough he is also playing it safe through most of the film as he has two kids to think about and that alone is a sight to see, but he also pulls allot of risky stunts challenging Clooney and even worse jumping feet first into his own grave when fighting the vampires, Keitel is someone you want in your corner whether as an acting partner or a fellow vampire fighter. Quentin Tarantino, who sadly only has a small part in this film, is fantastic as   the other Gecko brother Richard. Tarantino is  psychotic, smart and paranoid   only someone as  nuts as Tarantino could play a part like  this   it is practically  made for him and while  he doesn't  share as much screen time   as Clooney his part is essential and  a  reason to see this movie  just to see how far he will go.   The rest of the cast including, Juliette Lewis, Ernest Liu, Cheech Marin  and Selma Hayek and many others are fantastic in there roles and really help out the main cast in making there  parts more believable and help the story flourish and flow like  the rapids.

"From Dusk till Dawn" is unconventional, sometimes uneven and  far too brutal for it's own good, but this   modern  day vampire flick is what you would expect and then some   it doesn't cheat you  or leave you hanging   it gives you what you came for  and then it bids you a farewell.  

The Vampire genre gets an overhaul...

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October 21, 2010
Tarantino was indeed great in this.
October 21, 2010
One of my favorite films ever, I love the box set with all three.
February 26, 2010
I really liked this movie a lot and I even appreciated its campy sequel. Nice breakdown of the flick.
February 26, 2010
The first half of this always reminds me of a Tarantino movie, as soon as the vampires show up, it doesn't. This movie has a lot of great moments and lines, paricularily Cheech Marin as Chet the carnival barker guy outside the strip joint and later on, George Clooney's line to another Cheech Marin character, the gangster about the effects of sunlight on psychos.
February 25, 2010
Personally, although this film had its fair share of flaws, I just loved how weird and funny it was. Definitely, one of Rodriguez and Tarantino's best films, though it doesn't get the credit it deserves.
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review by . April 07, 2010
   I love vampire films. Just show me a film with a vampire premise on it and chances are is that I will at least rent the darned thing. Well, after I saw the horrid, embarrassingly “over-hyped” juvenile romance fantasy “Twilight Saga: New Moon” I decided to pick another vampire movie from my existing collection to get a real ‘fix’ on vampirism. Well, my friend @Count_Orlok_22 suggested I review “FROM DUSK TILL DAWN” for his vampire historians …
review by . June 01, 2010
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If you are into completely gratuitous non-stop violence, then this movie is certainly for your. If you deplore graphic murder, mayhem, blood, gore and more of the same...over and over and over again, then you probably won't like the film very much. But wait! Let me finish...    As long as you realize and accept the fact that, as another reviewer has so well stated in his review, that this is purely an exploitation movie, and if you watch it purely for the fun of seeing vampires …
review by . April 08, 2006
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From Dusk to Dawn is a really fun movie. At first it starts out as one of those types of movies that barely holds my interest- George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino are bank robbers on the run with a hostage. They shoot an Abilene Texas Ranger and a convenience store operator and end up at a sleazy hotel with their hostage where they run into Harvey Keitel, a preacher who has lost his faith upon the death of his wife and is taking his kids to a new life in their motor home.    At …
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Director: Robert Rodriguez
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Release Date: January 19, 1996
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Quentin Tarantino
DVD Release Date: June 17, 1998
Runtime: 10b minutes
Studio: Dimension Films
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