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FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (1996)
"Two criminals on the run- The Gecko Brothers- and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in a Mexican strip club/truck stop populated by vampires, with chaotic results."
"All right, Ramblers. Let's get ramblin'!"_Seth Gecko.
Ironically even though I absolutely love that line and it's delivered fantastically by George Clooney's character in this movie, it actually originates from Quentin Tarantino's big screen debut (and one of my favorites), Reservoir Dogs (1992). But overall, I think it sounds better coming from George Clooney in this movie.
From Dusk Till Dawn is a cult 1996 film that's part crime thriller, part exploitative horror vampire flick. It's a nifty hybrid, with the first half of the movie pure criminal drama, and the second half a real horror show, with plenty of blood, guts, laughs, and gratuitous nudity strewn about. And altogether, it's a damn good time!
With a screenplay written by Quentin Tarantino (who also portrays Richie Gecko, Seth's homicidal-sexually violent brother) and direction nitro-fuel delivered by Robert Rodriguez, this movie was a 1990's Grindhouse extravaganza, before the duo teamed up years later to actually do Grindhouse (2007).
The acting is perfect all around, but I absolutely love George Clooney as Seth Gecko, and think his character is one of the most underrated badass characters ever shown in cinema. Salma Hayek is drop dead gorgeous and enticingly malevolent as Santanico Pandemonium, and who can forget Tom Savini's stint as Sex Machine!? Harvey Kietel, Juliette Lewis, and Danny Trejo are all great too.
The choreographed action sequences, such as the opening scenes at the liquor store for example, are just spectacular. The practical and digital effects are all amazing looking, and the survival horror sequences at the Titty Twister are all suspense inducing. I love the soundtrack to this movie also, specifically The Blasters 'Dark Night' song playing over the opening and closing credits.
There's numerous references to other movies in Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's filmographies sprinkled about also. The character Earl McGraw shows up in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), Planet Terror (2007), and Death Proof (2007). Seth returns to a hotel hideout in one scene with Big Kahuna Burgers, which has been mentioned in Pulp Fiction (1994) and Death Proof (2007). Sex Machine's codpiece and a certain beer brand were seen in Desperado (1995).
The movie's a bit goofy at times, and some moments are truly ridiculous, making you think "what the fuck?" but it's all in good fun. From Dusk Till Dawn is a movie I can sink my teeth into again and again.