Vampires. Besides zombies, I don’t think there is a single monster that has been featured in so many movies and tv series as this creature of the night. The fun thing is that each movie or show has it’s own set of rules for them. One basic fact, however, almost always stays the same: simply put it is a monster that feeds and lives on human blood. There is a certain fascination we keep having for these mythical beings, and that is probably why they keep making movies and tv series about them. I have recently started watching the series From Dusk Till Dawn, (you can find my review for season 1 here ) based ofcourse on the classic movie from 1996 starring George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino. And as such I thought it was a nice opportunity to watch the original again.
The criminal Seth has been freed by his brother Richard from police custody. Richard is a bit on the crazy side (and that is putting it mildly) and leaves a trail of destruction behind. Seth always tries to be cool in things, but also has to deal with the antics of his brother. Trying to get away from the police and escape to freedom, the brothers search for a way to get across the border to Mexico. As fate would have it, they stumble across a family travelling in a big motorhome. Seth takes advantage of this and hold the family hostage. Jacob Fuller, the head of the family, is a priest that has lost his faith after the death of his wife in a car accident. In order to keep his children safe, he agrees to take the two brothers across the border. Eventually they arrive at their destination, an enormous strip bar called the Titty Twister. (Sorry folks, I did not come up with this name). Thinking themselves safe, they soon find out that things are not what they seem in this bar. As their hosts don’t have a particular love for liquor, but a very different form of drink. A substance that is red and often found inside a human body: blood……
Having rewatched this classic, I can honestly say that when compared to the tv version, this is definitely superior. Sure the televised version has it’s own charms, but this is so much better. For one thing there is the acting. I had forgotten how good George Clooney was in this movie. His portrayal of Seth is nothing short of astonishing and has been one of the best roles in his career. The fun thing about this film is how this movie changes halfway through. In the beginning you are watching a gritty crime thriller, only to end up with a hardcore horror movie, with blood and guts flying everywhere. This definitely makes it a movie that is not for everyone. I for one do think this is an absolute classic, and should be seen by every horror fan at least once.
I give from Dusk Till Dawn a 8 out of 10 score.