From Dusk Till Dawn

From Dusk Till Dawn ★★★★★

"Psychos do not explode when sunlight hits them. I don't give a fuck how crazy they are." (Seth Gecko)

Fuck Kubrick, From Dusk Till Dawn is the true king of two-halves-that-couldn't-be-more-different movies. You gotta hand it to Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino for making the transition from pulpy crime thriller to vampire gore feast entirely seamless. When they arrive at the Titty Twister and shit starts to go south faster than Seth Gecko can insult people it could have ripped the movie apart, instead you just go 'but of course'.

Harvey Keitel and George Clooney (back then only known as Doug Ross from ER) are perfectly paired as Jacob, the mean motherfucking servant of god who struggles with his faith, and Seth, the charming professional bank robber who only kills people when he has to. Ain't he a peach? Compared to Richard, his sociopathic rapist of a brother (Tarantino in his only convincing on screen performance), he actually is, though. He may be a bastard, but he is not a fucking bastard.

My favorite part comes right after the brothers turned Benny's World of Liquor into Benny's World of Blood, when Seth berates Richie about what keeping a low profile means and how that wondrously does not include burning down convenience stores. In a movie chock-full of memorable dialogue and images it still stands out to me because it tells us all we need to know about these two characters and their relationship in a single scene.

What Rodriguez and Tarantino achieved with From Dusk Till Dawn is nothing less than the perfection of glorious B movie fun. And now, you lowly dogs, kneel and worship at the feet of Santanico Pandemonium!

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