So, with the release of the new From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, It seemed inevitable that I do a review for the entire franchise, I've done the Evil Dead series, my personal favorite, so i figured "why not do another one of your favorites? The choice is obvious". Let's begin, shall we?
1. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
In 1996, two of the biggest names in movie making were Robert Rodriguez, known for the Mexico Trilogy, and Quentin Tarantino, writer and director of Pulp Fiction. So when it was announced that the two would be making a movie together, fans were left with very high expectations. Did the film meet them? ABSO-FREAKIN' LUTELY. I know I'm going to get a lot of flack for this, but this is, in my opinion, the definitive vampire film. We Don't even see the vampires untill more than halfway into the movie, but when we do, holy crap are they messed up. Tom Savini's character morphs into a giant rat, while Selma Hayek is almost snake-like in appearance. This film had a slightly campy western/ heist film vibe to it, and it worked beautifully. Featuring an all star cast including George Clooney, Juliette Lewis, and Cheech Marin, this is not a film that you wan't to miss. 3 and 1/2 stars out of 4
2. From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999)
With the popularity of the first film garnering legions of fans, the direct to video sequel had a lot to live up to. The film was directed by Scott Spiegel, Co-Writer of Evil Dead II, so once again, fans were given a lot to expect. Unlike the epic western style of the first film, this film focuses on Robert Patrick( The T1000 from Terminator 2)'s character and his friends robbing a Mexican bank. Instead of the original's legion of vampires, this film only features 6 vampires total. The acting and the special effects are incredibly lack-luster, as was typical of direct-to-video films in 1999. The movie features cameos from Danny Trejo, Bruce Campbell, and even Bo Hopkins, but it just wasn't enough to make this film... Decent. The story line was okay, but it wasn't enough to be memorable. However, with an incredibly low budget, I can tell a lot of hard work did go into this, so I'm giving it 2 stars out of 4 for effort.
3. From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter
P.J. Pesce's From Dusk Till Dawn 3, is, in my mind, an under-appreciated MASTERPIECE. It captures the tone and spirit of the original film dead-on. The film is set in the old west, and is the origin story of Satanico Pandemonium, Selma Hayek's character from the first film. It pays various tributes to the original, even taking the risk of not showing us the Vampires until halfway in. This movie featured next to no celebrities, with only Danny Trejo and Michael Parks being widely recognized, but this film is very, very enjoyable. It has great special effects, storyline, acting, you name it. Check it out- 3 stars out of 4.
4. From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
I really hate to quote Chester A. Bum here but... OH MY GOD THIS IS THE GREATEST SHOW I'VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE!!!! ( okay, I'm not that exited about it, but it's still really good).
I was very skeptic when I first heard about this show, but I knew I had to give it a chance. The series is a re-imagining of the original 1996 film, and gets off to a very, very, slow start. The first hour episode only adapts the first ten minutes of the film. But once this show get's going, its awesome. New Characters are added into the mix, the Mythology is amped up and changed, Even the vampires are now snake-like god creatures. A lot of the details I just described may sound sucky... But it turned out really good. Plus I know it really had to take some balls to make the risky changes Robert Rodriguez made for this series. It's gory, It's action packed, and has a story epic like none other, this isn't a show you wan't to miss out on. If the film was the short story folks, this is the full novel. Episode 7 of From Dusk Till Dawn airs tonight, and you bet your ass I'm going to watch it. 4 stars out of 4
Thanks for reading everybody!