What a good time this little horror film is.
As most horror film fans will know, this one kicks ass, three ways to Sunday.
What's not to love?
George Clooney, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino...vampires.
It's a mix that keeps the horror crowd coming back for more.
The story starts with the Gecko brothers on the run and holding up a liqour store. After an awesome, bloody shoot out with genre faves Michael Parks and John Hawkes (Clooney and he team up again for the great The Perfect Storm), they head off to a dodgy motel to regroup and feed the hostage they keep in the trunk of their car.
It's here they meet the Fuller family, played by the fantastic Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis (she's never been cuter) and Ernest Liu. After a brief interaction and hijacking, the poor family is taken captive and used to transport the Gecko's over the border into Mexico, where they are to meet a friend at a dodgy strip bar where they can finalize their escape from the law once and for all.
Now you may think I'm giving away a bit too much plot here.
Trust me, you ain't seen anything yet.
That is the basic summerization of your "bad guys on the run" tale. Right?
That isn't even the tip of the iceberg for this little gem.
What happens next, once at the bar, has been reffered to as the biggest plot change in the history of cinema.
Most people I knew, going into this, thought they were just watching a typical Tarantino, gangster flick.
And I'm so proud, that when this movie fires up it's cylinders and does a 360 on you, it gut punches you into sitting out the remaining 50 or so minutes, gob smacked.
Only the most hardened cynics don't go along for the ride that this little rollercoaster drags you onto.
Clooney established superstar status with this little foray onto the big screen.
Tarantino, who provided the screenplay and sticks to acting for most of this, forms a collaborative allegiance with cohort Robert Rodriguez, that cements them as major players in the Hollywood playground.
This movie is about a good time at the cinema.
It's popcorn with a side of gore that is unrelenting whilst assaulting your senses.
Do yourself a favour, if you are a horror movie fan and like your vampire tales with a bit of ass-kicking, then grab this movie.
You won't be disappointed.
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