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From Dusk Till Dawn

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

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Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 46
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 17

A pulpy crime drama/vampire film hybrid, From Dusk Till Dawn is an uneven but often deliriously enjoyable B-movie.

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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 5

A pulpy crime drama/vampire film hybrid, From Dusk Till Dawn is an uneven but often deliriously enjoyable B-movie.

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
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In this action-horror flick from director Robert Rodriguez and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino, Tarantino stars with George Clooney as a pair of bad-to-the-bone brothers named Seth and Richie Gecko. After a string of robberies that left a river of blood in the Geckos' wake, the sadistic siblings head to Mexico to live the good life. To get over the border, they kidnap Jacob Fuller, a widowed preacher played by Harvey Keitel, and his two children, Kate (Juliette Lewis) and Scott (Ernest Liu). Once

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Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense

Jun 16, 1998

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Imagine two movies plucked from opposite sides of the video store.

November 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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A deliriously trashy, exuberantly vulgar, lavishly appointed exploitation picture, this weird combo of road-kill movie and martial-arts vampire gorefest is made to order for the stimulation of teenage boys.

November 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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On a mindless exploitation level this is pretty good, but on other levels it seems to make promises that it fails to deliver on.

November 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A tired, humorless pastiche of various exploitation genres that is not the least bit imaginative in its campy deconstruction of conventions.

November 18, 2008 | Comments (5)
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Rodriguez has a lot of fun dreaming up cool ways to kill people (he's making this his life's work), but he also gets something resembling a performance from Tarantino and transforms Clooney into a full-fledged movie star.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Mr. Rodriguez demonstrates his talents more clearly than ever -- he's visually inventive, quick-witted and a fabulous editor -- while still hampering himself with sophomoric material.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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These bad-boy auteurs will have to discover some new ideas if they don't want to end up as terminally soulless as the monsters who stalk their movie.

April 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Patheos

This is the "Reservoir Dogs" with a twist of "Near Dark" set to the tune of "Assault on Precinct 13."

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Based on an early Tarantino script, Rodriguez' movie is an incoherent B-pic, in which the sensibilities of the two filmmakers clash.

April 26, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

It is a shame to see so much good talent giving such low-yield results.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique

Energetic low-budget vampire nonsense from Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino.

November 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

If you're going to like it, you already know it.

November 18, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Nihilistic and initally unpleasant ... Once the vampires appear (unfortunately about 60 minutes too late), the movie becomes uproarious entertaiment with the most intense humans vs. vampires showdown since 1985's Fright Night.

April 7, 2007 | Comments (2)
FulvueDrive-in.com

Like a Cheesecake Blizzard: It's a pulpy mess loaded with empty calories, but it's so divine that once you start, you can't help but shovel it into your mouth until the last drop, brain freeze and diet be damned.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

These guys were going for a B-movie feel, lots of blood, lots of guts, lots of tits and ass, and lots of fun, and for the most part, they achieved their goals.

June 2, 2006 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

This is a B-movie, albeit a largish budget B-movie, but with an undeniable B-movie spirit.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Ask yourself "am I the kind of person who finds topless vampire strippers a source of constant amusement?" Only those who answer an enthusiastic "YES!" need apply.

April 14, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

I can think of worse things to sit through than an orgy of bullets, exploding corpses, and stripper vampires.

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

This film is 'exploitation' in more than one sense of the word.

January 20, 2003 Full Review
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A weird double-bill in itself: Part one's a crime drama, part two vampire splatter flick. It's an awkward pairing, but there's fun to be had.

January 9, 2003
New Times

Audience Reviews for From Dusk Till Dawn

Back in 1986 there was a small low budget horror movie called 'Vamp' starring Grace Jones as a supreme vampiress Goddess and owner of a seedy strip joint full of seedy hooker-esque strippers...it was spanklicious! Then along came Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez and they basically completely ripped off the entire idea, thus we have this heavily Mexican influenced horror splatter fest.

I saw this film on release in the cinema back in the day and I thoroughly enjoyed it, this hasn't changed. I think the fun fact with this film is that it works on two levels, as we all know the film is basically one story that U-turns into another, but both work really well. The first half of the film which focuses on the 'Gecko Brothers' is a violent unapologetic crime spree road trip following the duo on the lamb. Its a strange combination of ice cool badassery and actual nastiness leaving you unsure whether you should be rooting for these two guys.

Lets face it, Clooney is the slightly charming good looking cool headed leader of the pair sporting a horribly dated tribal tattoo. This guy makes you think its fun and sexy to be a criminal on the run from the law...in a cool car to boot. Then you have Tarantino who is a scrawny whiny bespectacled creep who lies and kills people for no reason, he also appears to be a sexual predator and kills (possibly raping) women. Now together this pair do make a fun fast talking duo of deperados admittedly, their bickering is amusing and well performed, visually they look quite unique in their appearance and attire and they are badass motherf*ckers. The thing is they do commit some really quite nasty crimes along the way which is played for dark laughs but it leaves a bad taste in your mouth. You can't help but feel they get what they deserve in the end and I personally find it hard to feel any emotion or sympathy for either character. Its like...oh yeah its sad for 'Seth' when 'Richie' gets killed...but wait, didn't he kill an innocent female by putting a pillow over her head and shooting her in the face?! Oh and didn't Seth burn that innocent (and cooperative) liquor store worker to death??!!

The main crux of this film is of course the second part of the story when the duo reach the 'Titty Twister' in the middle of nowhere, Mexico. From a dark graphic novel style violent crime thriller to an over the top, balls to the wall, in your face soft porn vampire slaughter. What I like about this section of the film is the fact they use hands-on effects, the whole gamut of traditional methods from models and puppets to bucket loads of goo and gore. I think there is a small amount of CGI for the bats and face morphing but mostly all the death and destruction is utilising classic live action gore effects and some lovely makeup work that I'm sure Savini had a hand in. Even though the Titty Twister is an obvious set it still looks the business both inside and out with clever use of props and camera angles. You know there aren't that many vampires, you know the bar set isn't that big, you know the outside is restricted for space etc...but with the odd lorry parked in the right position, good editing, some clever tricks and even an old fashioned matte painting Rodriguez is able to present a much bigger universe on a tight budget.

I think this part of the film has its ups and downs honestly. Its definitely a rip roaring brutal cadaver fest which is great fun but as the film progresses towards the finale it does become so over the top with the gore and action it loses its grip and edge. The effects seem to get a little weaker towards the end as though they were running out of cash and time. The makeup is still great but some of the creatures looked pretty ropy truth be told, what was that huge rat monster Clooney fights?! kudos for trying but the rod puppet animation used for that thing was hokey looking. I also always wondered why Hayek's character seems to turn into a humanoid reptile, that's what it looked like didn't it? not very vampire-like. The various exploding melting head close ups rock but most of the body suits and large vampire bats look very rubbery and fake right at the end.

There is no doubt this is another great example of Rodriguez's visual style and somewhat over self-indulgent obsession with the Mexican theme. The added bonus of a solid cast of Tarantino regulars and aging cult stars really gives the adventure a shot in the arm too, had this been cast with any standard Hollywood stars it may not have been as appealing. I mean lets face it, this film introduced us to Hayek, Trejo and to a degree Marin for some folk...loved how he plays multiple characters and pulls it off!

A true popcorn flick harking back to the good old days of 80's splatter comedy horror. What's more it makes you wanna see more of the Gecko Brothers with a prequel and easily a sequel following Seth. I won't deny the first half of the film felt vicious and a tad unpleasant, could almost say a fail for what they were clearly going for, but what horror/action fan can say they didn't get a solid kick out of the biker mayhem that followed. Easily my fave film involving and starring Tarantino, I just loved how they did his vampire makeup too, did you notice how his skull had a massive chin?
July 27, 2014
phubbs1

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When Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino team up to make a campy B-horror movie, the result is true greatness as witnessed by From Dusk till Dawn. Chronicling the Gecko brothers on their escape into Mexico and culminating in a strip bar that is also a vampire haven, this film is the definition of cult classic, populated with memorable characters.
April 14, 2014
MovieGeek13

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A pair of ruthless bank robbers on the run to Mexico hijack an ex pastor and his children, only to be trapped in a strip joint full of vampires. The first collaboration between Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, From Dusk Til Dawn is half twisted road movie, half schlock horror with a wide streak of humour; Grindhouse beta in other words. It's also the film that made the male population finally understand what the ladies were on about when we collectively developed a huge man crush on Clooney whose fantastic performance as Seth Gecko turned him from soap star into Mr. Coolest Of The Cool. He's ably supported by Quentin as his psychotic and delusional baby brother and Harvey Keitel as the hard-assed preacher, as well as some cameos from Sex Machine from Dawn Of The Dead and Shaft himself. There's plenty of Tarantino's amusing hard-boiled dialogue and the action scenes are splatter at it's most frantic and funny. It may feel a little scizophrenic as it's essentially two stories stitched together, but both work brilliantly and it's a riot from beginning to end. It suffers slightly for a dated score and the climax is slightly weak, but it's still one of my favourite vampire films and worth the admission price for Salma Hayek's jaw dropping burlesque turn alone. Ay carumba.
January 16, 2014
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    1. Santanico Pandemonium: Welcome to slavery
    2. Richard Gecko: No thanks, I already had a wife
    – Submitted by Diego Alejandro G (4 months ago)
    1. Seth Gecko: I may be a bastard, but I'm not a fucking bastard.
    – Submitted by Jonathan W (13 months ago)
    1. Carlos: So, what, were they psychos, or...
    2. Seth Gecko: Did they look like psychos? Is that what they looked like? They were vampires. Psychos do not explode when sunlight hits them, I don't give a fuck how crazy they are!
    – Submitted by Lucas C (20 months ago)
    1. Seth Gecko: OK vampire killers, lets kill some fucking vampires!
    – Submitted by Brice B (20 months ago)
    1. Richard Gecko: That's what I call a show!
    – Submitted by John C (24 months ago)
    1. Kate Fuller: Richie, would you me a favor and eat my pussy for me? Please?
    2. Richard Gecko: Uhhh, sure...
    – Submitted by Jeremy F (2 years ago)
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