I’ve been meaning to rewatch this franchise for a while now, both the movies (a “duskathon so to say) and the series since I enjoyed both. So let’s take a look where it all began.
The original Dusk till Dawn movie is a 1996 horror movie directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by and starring, Quentin Tarantino as well as George Clooney, Juliette Lewis, and Harvey Keitel with notable appearances from Salma Hayek, Danny Trejo, Cheech Martin, and Tom Savini (As the one and only Sex machine)
Two bank robbers, Seth, and Richard Gecko are on the run from the police leaving behind them a very bloody trace. While on the run they find a former pastor called Jacob Fuller who has lost his faith along with his two children. They decide to hide out in their van to be able to pass the border promising to release the family once they pass it. On their way, they stop at a bar called “Titty Twister” to rest and for Seth to be able to meet his partner Carlos who will help them. That is where the movie shifts its tone drastically with the arrival of Santanico Pandemonium and the horde of bloodthirsty vampires.
Now if you come to this movie expecting something deep and meaningful then you are in the wrong place. This is a movie that you gather your friends for, grab a beer and just have a great time. you can hardly even count it as one movie, it’s pretty much a love child of Tarantino and Rodriguez having two entirely different themes. That being said it wouldn’t really be a B movie even though it fits a lot of the criteria. There are a lot of huge names behind it and it’s got a certain quality to it. The acting as you would expect is decent and the soundtrack was fantastic, one of my favorites ever.
As much as I love the movie it does have its fair share of faults. A pretty interesting concept which could have been done better. There was a lot to explore. It could have been made into two different movies, one exploring the Geckos and their crime spree (more of a crime thriller) and the other exploring the supernatural part of the film, the ending alone showed us that there could be so much more. . As I said though, it’s a movie that you should not take too seriously, all you need is to watch the last part of the movie where they fight back to understand that. Maybe if it was split up into two it would have lost some of the charms that it has, after all, it’s one of the rare movies that I find myself enjoying no matter how many times I rewatch it.
Final verdict: 7/10