Directed and edited by Robert Rodriguez, written by and co-starring Quentin Tarantino, and featuring all the stuff these two love, this is an awesome tongue-in-cheek multigenre film. You basically get two totally different films in one.
This action horror comedy starts off following the Gecko Brothers- violent criminal siblings on the run in Texas. On their way to freedom across the border, they kidnap a former preacher and his kids, taking them to a wild Mexican biker bar called The Titty Twister as they wait for the criminal connection.
Once they get to the bar though, that's when things really get nuts, with the film taking a sudden left turn, becoming a trashy drive-in exploitation film when it's revealed that the staff, and several patrons of the bar are, in fact, vicious vampires. As the blood starts to fly, this motley crew find themselves forced to band together if they want to survive the night.
Due to the radical shift in tone and content, this film seems to really polarize audiences. Yes, it is jarring, but personally I really like it. I think it's a fun, wild movie, and you shouldn't take it too seriously. Probably the best part of the film is the killer dance sequence by Salma Hayek that bridges the two halves together. Sure, the shift may not appeal to you, but I can't think of anyone who dislikes this snazzy set piece.
George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino are great as Seth and Richard Gecko, and this is easily Quentin's best performance as an actor. They have a lot of chemistry together, and they are joined by a terrific Harvey Keitel as the preacher. The preacher's kids are played by Ernest Liu and Juliette Lewis, and they too are pretty decent. There's also appearances by genre actors like John Saxon, Tom Savini, and Fred Williamson, and that's fine by me. And, being a Rodriguez film, there's of course appearances by Cheech Marin and Danny Trejo.
The effects are gloriously inventive and cheesy, and are ridiculously over the top and zany by design. The violence in the first half is brief, yet far more disturbing, while the stuff in the second half is plentiful, long lasting, and doesn't hold back. It's balls to the wall, and in the best kind of way.
The film is kind of a messy affair, but if you're seeking a movie that's all about pure, visceral, fun in a demented way, then you should definitely give this one a watch.