Sunday, October 27, 2013

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Halloween Movie #2 (Hmm... this would have been perfect for my salute to Quentin Tarantino earlier this year)

Synopsis: Sadistic, depraved monsters murder and terrorize innocent human beings...oh yeah, there are some vampires in this movie, too. 

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “it’s nonstop thrills when George Clooney (Batman and Robin, TV’s ER) and Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction) star as the Gecko brothers – two dangerous outlaws on a wild crime spree!” 

Really?: Oh wow...where do I begin? Do I start with the fact that Richie Gecko (Tarantino) is an evil scumbag, and his brother is an enabler? Do I point out that our heroes manage to kill off Santanico (Salma Hayek) pretty quickly and effortlessly, leaving no archvillain in the movie? Or how about the basic fact that the entire storyline from the first half of the movie is essentially discarded as soon as they hit the Titty Twister? Come to think of it, can a Baptist minister make holy water? I thought that was a Catholic invention. 

Rating: From Dusk Till Dawn isn’t a great film by any stretch of the imagination (see “Really?”), but it is a fun popcorn movie, with plenty of thrills, chills, and some genuinely funny lines. Check it out if you’re in the mood for a horror-action-comedy-thriller, and you’re able to set your brain on “pause”.  6.5/10 stars.

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