I’m not really a big vampire movie guy.
Don’t get me wrong, I respect classics such as Nosferatu and Dracula, but most of them are lost on me. I just find the general concept of vampires kind of lame. Some guy going around at night, biting peoples’ necks never really grabbed my imagination. I want to see horrifying creatures lurking in the shadows until they attack. This week, I will be talking about one of those vampire movies, and it just so happens to be one of my favorite horror movies in general. From Dusk Till Dawn, directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino, is a wild ride from start to finish. The two main characters, Seth and Richard Gecko, are criminals trying to outrun the cops. Right off the bat you are drawn in by George Clooney’s performance as Seth Gecko. Despite being a criminal, as the movie goes on, you see his humanity. He also has some of the best one-liners in cinema history. Quentin Tarantino stars as Richard Gecko and Ben Kingsley shares some really great scenes with Clooney. Eventually their path leads them to the Titty Twister, a brothel seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Here we get to see Tom Savini in the iconic role of Sex Machine. If you’re wondering why they call him that, well, you’ll just have to watch. I love how From Dusk Till Dawn spends almost half the movie setting up these characters, to then have them face off against bloodthirsty creatures. The film transcends the typical vampire tropes, and gives us something we have never seen before. I always love it when filmmakers try to mash genres together. Sometimes it doesn’t work, but that is definitely not the case here. Tarantino has written a vampire movie that I love and still watch to this day. Rodriguez’ direction is fantastic as well, to the point where it may his best film. KNB Effects handle the monsters and gives us ones we have never seen before. In the end, I have a truly unique vampire flick that I am happy to own, and will continue to watch for years to come.
From Dusk Till Dawn is available on DVD and Blu-Ray.