From Dusk Till Dawn – USA, 1996 – reviews

 
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From Dusk Till Dawn is a 1996 horror crime action thriller film written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Robert Rodriguez. The movie stars Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino and Juliette Lewis.

Two brothers Seth (George Clooney) and Richard “Richie” Gecko (Quentin Tarantino), wanted for a bank robbery that has left several people dead, stop at a liquor store with the intent of just picking up a state map, but the psychotic Richie kills Ranger Earl McGraw (Michael Parks) and the cashier (John Hawkes) and burns the store down.

The Geckos are heading towards Mexico. Along the way, they stop at a motel and it is revealed that they had been keeping a bank teller (Brenda Hillhouse) in their car trunk as a hostage. While Seth goes out to buy some food, Richie carnally assaults and murders the teller, which infuriates Seth when he returns.

Meanwhile, Jacob (Harvey Keitel), a pastor who is experiencing a crisis of faith, arrives at the same motel with his daughter Kate (Juliette Lewis) and his adopted son Scott (Ernest Liu). Realizing that the family’s RV can be used to get them across the border, the brothers kidnap the family.

After successfully reaching Mexico, they arrive at the “Titty Twister”, a strip club in the middle of a desolate part of Mexico, to meet their contact Carlos at dawn. Richie takes special notice of the club’s star performer, Santánico Pandemónium (Salma Hayek), but unfortunately, she transforms into a horrific vampire…

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‘Rodriguez has a lot of fun dreaming up cool ways to kill people (he’s making this his life’s work), but he also gets something resembling a performance from Tarantino and transforms Clooney into a full-fledged movie star. Bikers, head-bangers and film geeks will rave to the grave.’ Time Out Film Guide

‘Tarantino and Rodriguez’s collaboration may start to lose steam once the vampire onslaught begins, and becomes dependent on some silly contrivances, but there’s no denying the fun to be had here. From Dusk Till Dawn is a film that wants to get you as invested as possible in the story prior to the moment the bar appears, and tries its best to keep its hooks in you when it does the Kansas City Shuffle.’ High-Def Digest

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