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George Clooney, Vampire Hunter.

  • Nov 18, 2009
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WOOHOOO!!!
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?
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.

Cheers

  

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November 18, 2009
I liked Tom Savini.
November 18, 2009
Ah yes, Sex Machine with his gun strategically placed. He and Fred Williamson were great in this as a couple of bad asses.
November 23, 2009
Savini as an actor is always interesting. Did you see him in Romero's KNIGHTRIDERS where he played the somewhat villainous Morgan LaFey who was unaware that his character's name was taken from a female?
November 24, 2009
Oh no, I shamefully must admit, I have not seen that movie. i should hand my horror nerd card in at the door and go home, lol. He is a cool character actor and I enjoy seeing him on screen. Especially in Dawn of the Dead and his brief appearence in Land of the Dead. But he'll forever be "Sex Machine" to me...
November 24, 2009
And to almost everyone else as well. =) But you ought to try KNIGHTRIDERS, it's kind of unusual and it also marked the first appearance of Stephen King on film. Wanna talk about a nerd--nobody ever looked as geeky as King does here.
 
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From a match made in heaven comes a movie spawned in hell! Young hotshot director Robert Rodriquez (El Mariachi, Desperado) teamed up with Pulp Fiction auteur Quentin Tarantino (offering his services as writer and co-star) to make this outrageous, no-holds-barred hybrid of high-octane crime and gruesome horror. QT plays Richard Gecko, a borderline psychopath who breaks his career-criminal brother, Seth (George Clooney), out of prison, after which they rob a bank and leave a trail of dead and wounded in their bloody wake. Then they hijack a mobile home driven by a former Baptist minister (Harvey Keitel) who quit the church after his wife's death and hit the road with his two children (played by Juliette Lewis and Ernest Liu). Heading to Mexico with their hostages, the infamous Gecko brothers arrive at the Titty Twister bar to rendezvous for a money drop, but they don't realize that they've just entered the nocturnal lair of a bloodthirsty gang of vampires! With not-so-subtle aplomb, Rodriguez and Tarantino shift into high gear with a nonstop parade of gore, gunfire, and pointy-fanged mayhem featuring Salma Hayek as a snake-charming dancer whose bite is much worse than her bark. If you're a fan of Tarantino's lyrical dialogue and pop-cultural wit, you'll have fun with the road-movie half of this supernatural horror-comedy, but if your taste runs more to exploding heads and eyeballs, sloppy entrails and morphing monsters, the second half provides a...
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