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FROM DUSK TILL DAWN

FROM DUSK TILL DAWN-United States-1996

Harvey Kietel as Jacob Fuller

Cheech Marin as Chet Pussy

Cheech Marin as Carlos

Ernest Liu as Scott Fuller

Salma Hayek as Santanico Pandemonium

Directed by Robert Rodriguez

Story by Robert Kurtzman

Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino

From Dusk till Dawn is a high octane, supercharged vampire film that takes no prisoners, pulls no punches and never, ever backs the fuck down for one second. It is to the vampire film what The Wild Bunch is to westerns, bloody as all hell and completely uncompromising. It is beyond a shadow of a doubt my favorite vampire flick of all time.

George Clooney (The Descendants) and Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds) are the notorious Gecko brothers. The two have robbed and killed their way across Texas as they make their way to the border of Mexico and freedom. They commandeer an RV driven by Jacob Fuller (Harvey Keitel), who is on vacation with his two kids, daughter Kate (Juliette Lewis) and his adopted son Scott (Ernest Liu). Jacob is a fallen minister who’s lost his faith after the untimely death of his wife. Trust me; this will come into play later on in the film. The brothers Gecko and the family Fuller make their way to a little bar near the border known as the Titty Twister. The sign says ‘Open Dusk Till Dawn’ and the two fugitives figure it will be a good place to hide out and make the connection they need to make their way into Mexico. They enter the establishment and in a very short time all hell breaks loose. It turns out the Titty Twister is a feeding ground for vampires. Sucking blood is their business and business is booming! How the hell could it not be when you’ve got Santanico Pandemonium to lure them in?

In fact, let’s talk about Miss Pandemonium for a bit. Portrayed by the gorgeous Salma Hayek, she is the devil in beauty’s guise. She is the kind of woman who will build you up only to stomp your heart and laugh as it squishes beneath her feet. She is the kind of woman that every man wants and that know they stay the hell away from. The first time she appeared onscreen I let out a very audible “Rowwwwwrrr” much to the dismay of my wife. I just looked at her and said ‘well, what did you expect?’ She concurred.

From Dusk Till Dawn is the vampire film I have been waiting years to see. Vampires that show no mercy and victims that do everything they can to give no quarter. With a great cast led by Harvey Keitel and George Clooney, a kick ass screenplay by none other than Quentin Tarantino and direction by Robert Rodriguez (Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Desperado) and a supporting cast that includes SFX wizard Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead), Cheech Marin, Fred Williamson, Michael Parks and Danny Trejo (Machete), this movie is 100% fun from beginning to end.

TRIVIA

The band playing in the “Titty Twister” is Tito & Tarantula, featuring Robert Rodriguez; the lineup also features Oingo Boingo drummer Johnny ‘Vatos’ Hernandez.
 
The name of the movie is taken from the signs found on drive-ins. These signs indicate the length of the shows, which ran “from dusk till dawn”. The movie is full of references to midnight movies and films which were often intended for teenagers to watch late at night from their cars.
 
 Salma Hayek did not have a choreographer for her dance. Director Robert Rodriguez just told her to feel the music and dance to it. Rodriguez would later use the same tactic with Jessica Alba in Sin City.
 
Erik Estrada was lined up to play Carlos the gangster that Cheech Marin plays at the end.
 
 
 
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PREDATORS

PREDATORS-United States-107 Mins. 2010

 

Directed by Nimrod Antal

Written by Alex Litvak and Michael Finch

Based on characters created by Jim Thomas and John Thomas

Starring Adrien Brody as Royce Topher Grace as Edwin Alice Braga as Isabelle Laurence Fishburne as Noland Danny Trejo as Cuchillo

Robert Rodriguez sets out to restart the Predator franchise that all but died with the release of Alien vs Predator:Requiem. He manages to succeed for the most part. Director Nimrod Antal has a good eye for action and he keeps things tight. The performances are above average which is par for the level of performers in the film. The big surprise is Topher Grace, who finally may have made a film that will make people forget he was in That ’70’s Show. All in all the film is good and pretty much what any self respecting Predator junkie would want. Almost. The main thing missing from the film is that I personally feel there could have been more to the story. We know that the two tribes of  Predators are at war but we only know it because it’s what we are told. There should have been more action between the two tribes. I came to see a Predator film. Where are the Predators? Oh, wait. They’re not here. But someone is telling me about them. Thank you, sir, may I have another? So, what have we learned today? We love Predators the bad ass alien hunters. We like Predators the slightly bad ass film.

TRIVIA

Robert Rodriguez was originally thought to be attached as director, however within days of this rumor coming out he confirmed he would only write and produce the film.

While often erroneously referred to as being a remake of the Predator series, the film is instead meant to be a sequel to Predator and Predator 2 while ignoring the events of the “Alien vs Predator” films.

Danny Trejo’s character is named Cuchillo. “Cuchillo” is Spanish for “knife”. Many of Trejo’s characters in Robert Rodriguez movies have been named after knives or sharp instruments: Machete in Spy Kids, Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams, and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over; Razor Charlie and Razor Eddie in From Dusk Till Dawn, From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money, and From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter, Navajas (Spanish for “blades”) in Desperado, and he also plays another character called Machete in Machete, a feature length version based on a fake trailer featured in the Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino collaboration Grindhouse.

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