Stanley Scorsese’s review published on Letterboxd:
Before Grindhouse, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez teamed up to make one of the most memorable films in their careers. There came From Dusk Till Dawn, a cult classic from 1996.
From Dusk Till Dawn follows 2 criminal brothers as they take a family hostage to cross the Mexican border. But as the gruesome twosome successfully made their escape, they all become trapped in a bar filled with vampires.
Before I go see The Many Saints of Newark today, I had to get my thoughts out about another horror classic. I remember watching From Dusk Till Dawn when I was a teenager, and I was with my cousin at his house on his Halloween night in the year of our Lord 2009. We watched a little bit of college football earlier in the day, but the Alabama Crimson Tide wasn’t playing. So what do we do? We ordered wings, have someone old enough to buy us beer, and found a movie we never seen or heard of before on Starz. That was From Dusk Till Dawn. We was a couple of teenagers having fun watching this bloody kick-ass movie and we had the house to ourselves after his mom went out of town!
The cast is awesome in here! You got George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis, Selma Hayek, Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin, Quentin Tarantino, and Fred Williamson. You also have cameos of veteran actors like Michael Parks, John Saxon, John Hawkes, and Kelly Preston! Clooney and Tarantino play Seth and Richard Gecko, 2 criminal brothers who go on the run from the law and must get to Mexico on the following night. Keitel plays Jacob Fuller, a former minister who is having a crisis of faith due to losing his wife. He’s taking his 2 kids on a vacation in their RV, but they’re kidnapped by the Gecko brothers as they demand them to sneak them to the Mexican border in exchange for their lives.
The characters in the film are worth knowing and being around in this kick-ass journey, and they’re not characters that are ignorant, stupid, or just downright obnoxious jackasses. They’re the ones you want to see them win the battle against the vampires. Even the criminal brothers. Yes, there is some camp because of the acting, but it’s on purpose because the plot is fun and energetic.
Quentin Tarantino is the writer and Robert Rodriguez is the director of From Dusk Till Dawn. This was based on a story from Robert Kurtzman, a special effects artist who did work on horror movies. Starting with a couple of Elm Street films, Night of the Creeps, Darkman, The Exorcist 3, Army of Darkness, and The Frighteners. He even did the special effects on From Dusk Till Dawn too! I like that Tarantino and Rodriguez have a good friendship between each other and they share the same passion in filmmaking.
This movie is a lot of fun and it is definitely everyone can enjoy! I have it on Blu-ray and now I decided to watch it after not seeing it in a few years. While From Dusk Till Dawn isn’t perfect, it’s just Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez having fun with the action-horror genre with kick-ass action scenes, some funny moments, and lots of bloody and brutal images! Just like Grindhouse. If you haven’t seen it or if you want to see something good this Halloween season, I recommend streaming it on HBO Max or go out and buy it on Blu-ray! It’s a must see for true horror fans!
I’m giving From Dusk Till Dawn 4.5 stars!