From Dusk Till Dawn

For those of you that don’t know the film yet:
From Dusk till Dawn is an action- / horror- / splatter film by Robert Rodriguez, who also brought us the very violent action flick Desperado. Next to that, the screenplay was written by Quentin Tarantino, who is almost the reinventor of violence in big budget cinema, so if you haven’t seen the film yet, get ready for some of the most extreme violence that Hollywood has ever released.

But enough with the intro’s, let’s take a good look at this movie, shall we? And what better way than to start with the story, so that you get an idea what this is all about:

Two of Amerika’s most dangerous criminals, the notorious Gecko brothers (played by non-less than George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino), are being chased by the Texas police force and the FBI.
They’ve put their hopes on the mysterious Carlo (played by Cheech Marin, who has 3 roles in this movie), who offers criminals an escape route through El Ray, Mexico. The place where the Gecko brothers will meet Carlo is the most exciting bar in Rio Grande, the Titty Twister. The atmosphere there is sensual and tempting and it’s gonna be long, warm night.
But it will also be a night they won’t forget very quickly. A night that’s going to be so black and full of fear like the hellfire itself.

Mmm, what would that movie be about? Well, I’m not going to spoil it for you, so you’ll just have to go and see for yourself, but I will tell you a little bit more about some other things of the movie, such as the acting.
The first thing that I should mention is that there is a real celebrity cast in this film, although you wouldn’t expect celebrity’s to act in such a gore fest like From Dusk till Dawn. Actors in the film include George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel and Juliette Lewis and off course (as expected from such well known actors) the acting is just perfect. I really can’t remember one part of the film where the acting was bad. Another thing I really should mention is that Tom Savini also appears in the movie as the kick-ass biker Sex Machine.

But this is far from all, because also the special make-up effects are truly amazing and were done by none other than Kurzman, Nicotero & Berger EFX group (KNB). Personally, I don’t think all the work by KNB is great, they really made some terrible effects for some movies, but the effects in From Dusk till Dawn are probably some of their best work, if not the best they have done till now.

But slowly we reach the first bad point of the film: the music. The music was done by Graeme Revell, but it really isn’t any good, you hardly notice it and it sounds terribly uninspired, so we’ll just forget about it, ok?
The soundtrack (the featured songs in the film) make up for this lost perfectly though, because the soundtrack just simply rocks and features songs by ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan, Tito & Tarantula and a theme by the Blasters called ‘Dark night’

But off course, all of this is really nice and all, but is it entertaining? Well, what shall I say? It probably is one of the most entertaining films ever made, especially if you like splatter films, ’cause this baby is loaded with gore. I mean, the only thing I could remember after seeing the film was all that blood and body parts just flying around! Another thing that makes the film entertaining is the sort of comedy approach that Robert Rodriguez used, because the film really lacks any sort of deep, dramatic emotion and can hardly be called serious at all, it’s meant as entertainment and that’s it, no bullshit.

From Dusk till Dawn is a highly enjoyable, entertaining, gory, action packed film that everybody should see and will surely entertain you for almost two hours (and even that seems short). A modern splatter classic already!

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