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Average: 18.87%
Pretty Bad: 12.26%
Total Crap: 4.72%

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From Dusk Till Dawn
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by Brian McKay

"a B-movie with A-list talent"
4 stars

FROM DUSK TILL DAWN is really nothing more than the self-indulgent schlockfest pet project of compadres Rodriguez and Tarantino, complete with an odd change of narrative gears and some dialogue that the actors were miraculously able to deliver with a straight face. Yet in spite of all that, it's fun the way something like EVIL DEAD is fun - it's so fucking over the top, how could it not be?

Admittedly, the first part of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN is the best, as professional bank robber and bad-ass muthafucker Seth Gecko (George Clooney) and his unstable brother Richie (Quentin Tarantino) are fleeing pursuit after robbing a bank and shooting several cops and bystanders along the way. They kidnap a motor-home driving ex-minister (Harvey Keitel) and his kids in order to sneak across the border into Mexico. When they arrive at a rowdy strip bar called The Titty Twister to meet Seth's contact, however, things take an abrupt shift that feels out of place, even when you know it's coming - everyone around them starts turning into vampires.

What follows is a bunch of shooting, staking, and squirting of holy water, as Gecko et al combat hordes of undead bloodsuckers. They are joined by a couple of the bar's surving patrons named Sex Machine and Frost, played hilariously by gore makeup effects master/sometimes actor Tom Savini and Blaxploitation cult hero Fred Williamson, respectively. At that point it just degenerates into an orgy of cheesy vampire effects, B-movie splatter, and lines so incredibly cheesy that Clooney should have gotten an Oscar nod just for being able to say them with the slightest gram of conviction. But the over-the-top action is nicely tempered with plenty of humor.

Oh, and Salma Hayek is nearly naked in it. Sadly, she had to wait until she played a character with a unibrow before she finally gave up all the goods. But hey, you can't have everything.

Okay, so it's just a big vanity project for Quentin and his buddies. But hell, they obviously had fun making it, so why shouldn't we have fun watching it? I can think of worse things to sit through than an orgy of bullets, exploding corpses, and stripper vampires.

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User Comments

6/19/12 Ionicera probably a movie not meant to be watched sober 3 stars
3/06/11 Bob the builder What a complete load of rubbish . . . . Avoid at all costs. Colony is still a star but why? 1 stars
6/01/10 User Name Distastful and insipid, and it only gets worse when the vampires come into play. 1 stars
2/15/10 Joe Smaltz Pretty shitty, can't believe all these big names in a crap film. 1 stars
10/04/09 Jeff Wilder Tarantino and Rodriguez on an off day. Loads of fun. 4 stars
6/23/09 Quigley Vile, offensive, and a huge black hell-hole in the careers of all involved 1 stars
6/18/09 brian Classic Tarantino flick 4 stars
12/20/08 gc The most original/unique horror movie ever made.Clooney rules in this.Avoid the sequels! 5 stars
5/24/08 Karrie Millheim Oh this movie rocks, vampires galore, nasty ones too 5 stars
3/01/08 Ivana Mann Tired of Tarantino's foot fetish. Nice watching Clooney trying to butch it up, though. 2 stars
8/13/07 J Brilliantly different, has comedy moments, gore, sex, and is a bit warped. Great. 5 stars
7/21/07 fools♫gold Scary "exaggeration" of all the evil cheating that happens over here. 5 stars
1/16/07 David Pollastrini great action, great gore 5 stars
12/05/06 Shaggy Sex, humor, and mindless blood and gore. What more could you want? 4 stars
10/05/06 Booksworm Saw it on a movie channel; John Carpenter does better vampires, though. 4 stars
3/19/06 MP Bartley Two movies for one: both are great. 4 stars
1/07/06 Clubber lang The first half is a pretty solid crime thriller, the second half is messy, so-so gorefest. 3 stars
8/06/05 Zack Great film from two masters! 5 stars
7/07/05 Isaac Baranoff Great! 5 stars
6/22/05 Manu Ginobli good for a stare & drool movie. Entertaining, but retarded. 3 stars
6/17/05 Janeywaney I liked it so much, I bought the video! 5 stars
6/14/05 Agent Sands Indrid Cold is right. It's good and riveting until Salma Hayek turns to a fucking vampire! 4 stars
5/05/05 Indrid Cold First half is surprisingly good, even for a Tarantino-hater like me. The rest is terrible. 3 stars
3/29/05 Lyn bloody excellent 5 stars
2/06/05 Tom Benton The film's biggest problem is that it tries to be two movies at once ... 3 stars
10/13/04 ahmed zidan nice 3 stars
8/28/04 KingNeutron Clooney 0wn3d this film. And Salma was awesome. 4 stars
8/13/04 McGraw Corny and bizarre, but a fun ride if you turn your brain off. 4 stars
8/11/04 howdinski FANTASTIC one of my favorite films ever. what more do u need tarantino , clooney , keitel. 5 stars
7/29/04 American Slasher Goddess One of the better vampire movies in the last ten years. 4 stars
7/24/04 axe sex machine wields the ballsiest weapon of all time 4 stars
6/21/04 Stab Wounds It's got blood. :) 4 stars
5/26/04 Kyle Neuer Everything I was ever looking for in a drive-in movie as a 17 year old. Loved it!!! 5 stars
4/18/04 valerie hart great action with bloody horror and alot of gory scenes 4 stars
3/19/04 john rather tasteless drive in type movie with no real spark - good cast though! 2 stars
2/21/04 Denise Duspiva Hot 5 stars
1/17/04 J Clooney and Quarentino are great as criminals! *** 1/2 5 stars
12/10/03 Tommy good character development, but the vampires are a little silly... 3 stars
12/03/03 Agent Sands Really fun, except for the numbing overflow of sometimes cheesy gore. 4 stars
11/25/03 homer J. Simpson look at those breasts on selma hayek, she could fucking bite me any day 5 stars
10/31/03 Sophistos It's 2 movies, with a surprising switch (Salma becoming a monster). 3 stars
10/30/03 Moparman Amazing flick! Cheech Marin's speech is too funny. Tons of violence. Awesome!!!! 5 stars
10/06/03 Jack Sommersby A rollicking good time. Bogs down near the end, though. 4 stars
9/10/03 Jim Clooney holds the film together 4 stars
8/28/03 Mr. Hat Some of the BEST talent in the world, but near the end, it starts to get a bit ridiculous. 4 stars
8/18/03 Nicole Not my kind of movie 2 stars
7/14/03 Samuel Justus Clooney and Tarantion are the men!!!Awesome movie very entertaining!! 5 stars
7/01/03 AD fuckin mint 5 stars
6/24/03 candy Violence, Violation & Vampires - VaVaVoom 5 stars
6/22/03 cochese Two words - Salma Hayek. I love those legs baby, gimme some! 4 stars
10/02/02 Bastard Child of Mother Teresa fuckin awful! Tarrentino and Clooney=mean/unsympethetic second half is okay in b-movie way 1 stars
9/26/02 Morally Sound Robert Rodriguez and Tarantino are the shit! 5 stars
8/03/02 Kino this was the first R rated movie I had ever seen (at est 5 years ago). first titties too. 5 stars
7/27/02 murat great second half but gore goes a bit much and why did they kill that chinese boy? 4 stars
7/26/02 sdjfsdkjf loved it as much as pulp fiction. Clooney's got that whole asshole thing down pat. Great. 5 stars
7/20/02 Film Guy the first half wasnt to good and the second half it got better but not much 3 stars
4/25/02 bront first half was awesome, butwent downhill from there 3 stars
3/02/02 Alan Smithee Vampires, tons of blood and gore and Salma Hayek dancing in a bikini.What more do you need? 5 stars
2/09/02 Jay Fox Quentin Tarantino's dialogue and action scenes are brilliant. "Everybody be cool." 5 stars
1/14/02 Andrew Carden Dumb and Stupid Horror Movie. Only For Those Who Like Cheese. 2 stars
12/06/01 north they forgot gorey PUSSY 5 stars
10/16/01 Mr. Hat Quentin Tarantino has, does, and always will kick ass!!!!!!!! 4 stars
10/05/01 Mark Conway This is the greatest movie i have ever seen, the twists and thrills are exceptional. 5 stars
10/04/01 Mark Conway this is the greateast vampire movie ever made, the plot twists are simply, pure genious. 5 stars
9/27/01 Shane Robert Myers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This movie is very voilent while it's gory effects really suit it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
9/20/01 Ranzom It gives you what it offers. Don't expect more. Kick back and enjoy. I did. 5 stars
5/06/01 Vincent Vega Clooney's best film ever! 5 stars
5/04/01 roby lafon one of robert rodriguez's best 5 stars
3/27/01 Jesse L GREAT FILM!! This flick ROCKS!! 5 stars
3/08/01 Sanja it's so stupid, but I love it! Fantastic crap! 5 stars
2/04/01 Avenger girl The first 15 minutes is good but the rest is a joke, pure schlock. 2 stars
11/20/00 Finity this movie is funny, stupid and has some great action. i love it 4 stars
10/07/00 Johnny Figaro Relentless energy. Smarter than you might think; Keitel underappreciated 5 stars
8/06/00 Alce Savini's gun is really great! 3 stars
4/26/00 Leo a really cool movie 5 stars
2/21/00 arnold really fucking awesome movie 5 stars
2/16/00 Jedi the movie rocks but, why didn't tarantino direct it? 4 stars
2/14/00 stan Entertaining, but too violent in some parts 4 stars
2/09/00 Ed Wood did not like it 2 stars
1/26/00 john too bloody 3 stars
1/26/00 Jericho I would love to eat juliette lewis' pussy 4 stars
12/23/99 PervertedPixie Sleek thriller and gross out, ham-horror flick in one! Rodriguez + Tarantino kicks ASS! 5 stars
10/29/99 Adam Hutton I think Kate should have gone with Seth Gekko in the end. 4 stars
8/20/99 PhilmPhreak IT'S THE SHIT - WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO SAY? 5 stars
8/17/99 Tracette Tarantino doing a parody of a Tarantino movie. I thought it was hillarious! 3 stars
8/02/99 Physh "It is no Pulp Fiction, but Dusk is a kickass attempt for Tarantino to try horror." 5 stars
8/01/99 Obi Wan The movie was coming along fine...then vampires pop out?!?!?! Salma Hayek Rocked!!! 3 stars
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