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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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FOR A REALLY BAD MOVIE...THIS ONE IS A LOT OF FUN

  • Jun 1, 2010
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+5
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 ripped to shreds; dismembered in oh so many creative ways, along with regular human type people too, then this movie is about as good as it gets.

Now you are talking to a guy who just barely made it through Hostel 1 and Saw 1 and has absolutely no intention of seeing their many sequels. That sort of movie simply does not appeal to me what so ever and as a matter of fact I was personally rather sickened by them; indeed, I was actually offended by them.

This movie is a bit different though. It is almost like two movies in one. The first half of the film consists of two brothers, one completely psychopathic, and the other, played by George Clooney, just on the edge of complete madness, racing across country spreading violence at every turn. This part of the movie I did not much care for. The second half of the movie goes into the realm of fantasy when they kidnap a father and his two children and take their travel trailer to a bar in Mexico to met some other bad guys.

Here the tale changes and it is an all out battle between a large band of very violent and vicious vampires. Will they last the night? Who is more violent, the vampires or the Clooney crew?

This movie actually has some very good actors featured. There is of course George Clooney who I loved watching in O Brother, Where Art Thou? and then we have Harvey Keitel, one of my favorite character actors. Juliette Lewis plays the young daughter and she plays her part perfectly in almost the same mode she played the part of Adele Corners in Kalifornia...she was made for these two parts. Cheech Marin is also featured and is as funny and as....well, `Cheech' as you can get...always a delight. As an added feature, Salma Kayek, who is not at all hard on the eyes, does what could have been a very cheesy pole dance with a large white snake and actually pulls it off, actually making the entire sordid dance routine quite sensual...to say the least.

Ah, and then there is the camera work...the morphing from really scummy humans to really scummy vampires. This was all done quite well.

Is this a great film? No my friends it is not. It is an absolute piece of crap. But that being said, it is a very fun piece of crap to watch. Just enjoy it for what it is.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks

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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 …
review by . December 29, 2005
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review by . June 07, 2004
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Retirement does not suit me and I now substitute teach in our local schools system. I spent twenty years in the military, twenty years in health care as a consultant and have taught in various colleges … more
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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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