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From Dusk Till Dawn
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

What do you get when you mix the minds of two of the most interesting filmmakers going today? Well, I'll tell you. It's a ridiculously over the top mix of nearly every genre, and it's called From Dusk Till Dawn. The movie is completely original in the sense that it mixes both a crime thriller and vampire gorefest all into one. It's sorta like what Tarantino and Rodriguez did with their ambitious flop Grindhouse. Think of it as Pulp Fiction mixed with Planet Terror. The story revolves around the dangerous Gecko Brothers, played by George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino, who are fresh off of a bank robbery in Texas when they hijack an unsuspecting family's (composed of Harvey Keitel and a young Juliette Lewis) RV and have to move across the border. Sounds like a pretty decent crime drama, right? Wrong. That's when the movie makes a complete U-turn and all of a sudden makes for a B-movie vampire flick. I loved the characters in this movie, which is arguably QT's prominent feature when writing. When the blood starts splattering, we actually care about the characters, and that's what separates this movie from all the other mindless Horror out there. Rodriguez mixes in his person style into the film, which coincidentally works really well with Tarantino's script. From Dusk Till Dawn is a mixture of awesomeness.

The Thing
The Thing (1982)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Ewww! I can just hear the people now. When this movie debuted in '82, it must have been absolutely grotesque. The Thing has some of the best make up and effects that I have ever seen, which is even more remarkable considering the year it was made in. Although it is a remake, Carpenter has made something of his own here. Starring Kurt Russel, who does a solid job again, this movie is set in a cold and desolate Antarctica science research facility. The setting is actually one of my favorite parts of the movie. From the opening shots of the barren wasteland, you realize that these characters are going to be in big trouble once things start to go wrong. And you can bet that things go very, very wrong. The crew stumbles across an empty alien spacecraft that has crashed in the ice and from then on they are stalked by a terrifying creature. Here's the beauty of it though; this Thing attacks its victims by imitating whatever it can get itself into. In this case, the poor men stationed at the research facility. This is where the film excels, because the men are stuck in Antarctica in the middle of a snow storm just waiting for the Thing to make its next move. Another highlight of this movie is the great score from Ennio Morricone that captures the isolation and terror of this movie so well. Filled with some extremely tense scenes and great direction from John Carpenter, this movie tells a great story. The Thing is a Sci Fi/Horror Classic.