From Dusk Till Dawn

"Good"

From Dusk Till Dawn Review


If you have the faintest idea what this movie is all about, I'd appreciate a call. As best I can tell, the lowdown is this: guns, hostages, a Winnebago, Mexico, breasts, booze, vampires, and gore...lots and lots of gore.

"Not for all tastes" is an extreme understatement, as From Dusk Till Dawn is the most obscenely violent and distasteful film to come along in years. Basically an Evil Dead set in Mexico, this Quentin Tarantino-Robert Rodriguez collaboration tells the sketchy story of the Gecko brothers (Tarantino and George Clooney, taking a rest from ER to cut up people in another medium), a couple of fugitives on the run to the border. On the way, they pick up a family as hostages: lapsed preacher Jacob Fuller (Harvey Keitel), daughter Kate (Juliette Lewis), and son Scott (Ernest Liu). In the Fuller's RV, they make it to a Mexican strip bar, only to discover it's run by vampires. (Thankfully, it makes a great place for an old-fashioned bloodletting.) Plot is clearly incidental to the film.

Tarantino's typical wry humor (some is funny, some is decidedly not) pervades the film, punctuated by Rodriguez's flair for filming violence. The latter gets a lot more screen time, with the frequently loud explosions effectively muting what I expect were some good one-liners. These two filmmakers may be best buddies (and they are), but their styles just don't seem to match sometimes: Tarantino's penchant for long, drawn-out scenes doesn't fit with Rodriguez's quick cutting style. You can almost hear him off-screen, chanting, "Get on with it!"

And I was too. I wish Tarantino would get over the fascination of hearing his own dialogue, although I must admit he seems to have found his perfect role as a demented pervert with a heart of coal. By the time the gore-fest is in full swing, it feels like a giant-screen game of "DOOM," complete with flowing blood and rolling heads.

The way-over-the-top campiness is so completely ridiculous, it's impossible to take anything in the film seriously. And trust me, that's not a bad thing. The problem is, it makes rating From Dusk Till Dawn nearly impossible, so here's my best shot. For the squeamish and/or feminists: []. For schlock horror fans and Tarantino freaks: [][][][][]. A nice average: [][][]



Facts and Figures

Run time: 108 mins

In Theaters: Friday 19th January 1996

Box Office Worldwide: $25.8M

Budget: $19M

Distributed by: Dimension Films

Production compaines: A Band Apart, Dimension Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 63%
Fresh: 29 Rotten: 17

IMDB: 7.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Starring: as Seth Gecko, as Richard Gecko, as Jacob Fuller, as Kate Fuller, Ernest Liu as Scott Fuller, as Santanico Pandemonium, as Border Guard/Chet Pussy/Carlos, as Razor Charlie, as Sex Machine, as Frost, as Texas Ranger, Brenda Hillhouse as Hostage Gloria Hill, as FBI Agent, as Motel Owner, as Newscaster Kelly Houge, as Pete Bottoms / Liquor Store Clerk, as Titty Twister Guitarist & Vocalist, Peter Atanasoff as Titty Twister Saxophonist, Johnny Vatos Hernandez as Titty Twister Drummer, as Blonde Hostage, Heidi McNeal as Red-headed Hostage, Ernest M. Garcia as Big Emilio, Gregory Nicotero as Sex Machine's Buddy, Cristos as Danny, as Manny

Also starring: ,

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Colossal Movie Review

Colossal Movie Review

It's rare to find a movie that so defiantly refuses to be put into a...

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

It's unlikely that Guy Ritchie could make a boring movie if he wanted to. This...

Snatched Movie Review

Snatched Movie Review

It doesn't really matter that the script for this lively action-comedy is paper thin: teaming...

Jawbone Movie Review

Jawbone Movie Review

Boxing movies aren't usually this thoughtful. Sure, there are plenty of punchy moments in the...

Whisky Galore! Movie Review

Whisky Galore! Movie Review

Scottish filmmaker Gillies MacKinnon (Hideous Kinky) remakes the 1949 Ealing comedy classic, although it's difficult...

Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Master filmmaker Ridley Scott is back to continue the story 10 years after the events...

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

A fictionalised account of real events, this drama is reminiscent of Peter Morgan's work in...

Advertisement
Sleepless Movie Review

Sleepless Movie Review

In remaking the 2011 French thriller Sleepless Night, the filmmakers have dumbed down both the...

Unlocked Movie Review

Unlocked Movie Review

By injecting a steady sense of fun, this slick but mindless action thriller both holds...

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

A seriously impressive feature directing debut with a star-making central performance, this period British drama...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

It was never going to be easy to match the impact of 2014's Guardians of...

The Promise Movie Review

The Promise Movie Review

The director of Hotel Rwanda, Terry George, turns to another humanitarian horror: the systematic murder...

Their Finest Movie Review

Their Finest Movie Review

Skilfully written, directed and acted, this offbeat British period film tells a story that catches...

Unforgettable Movie Review

Unforgettable Movie Review

With heavy echoes of trashy thrillers like Fatal Attraction, this movie overcomes its painfully simplistic...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.