The Horror Honeys: Vampire Month: Out of All the God-Forsaken Shitholes in Mexico...

Vampire Month: Out of All the God-Forsaken Shitholes in Mexico...

A Revenge Honey "Vampire Month" Review by Linnie

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

It feels strange to admit that one of my comfort movies features supremely unattractive vampires, strippers, and an actor/writer/director that I loathe. But, in fact, it does. Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn has become a movie that I turn to when I need to mellow out after a bad day.

Plus, I get to watch Quentin Tarantino bite it not once, but twice. And that alone makes it one of the best movies in horror history.

Carlos: So, what, were they psychos, or...
Seth: Did they look like psychos? Is that what they looked like? They were vampires. Psychos do not explode when sunlight hits them, I don't give a fuck how crazy they are!

The Story: Criminal brothers Seth (George Clooney) and Richie Gecko (Quentin Tarantino) are on the run from the authorities after a bank heist gone wrong. While on their way to a hideout for the legally disinclined in Mexico, the duo Winnebago-jack a faithless minister (Harvey Keitel), his daughter (Juliette Lewis), and his son (Ernest Liu) who are on a road trip. When they pull in to a truck-stop classily titled The Titty Twister, they get more than watered-down beer and a lap dance from Salma Hayek... When the sun goes down, The Titty Twister caters to vampires, and this not-so-merry band of misfits are next on the menu.

Kate: Where are you taking us?
Richie: Mexico.
Kate: What's in Mexico?
Richie: Mexicans.

From Dusk Till Dawn is another vampire movie I probably saw way too young, but in this case, it was a huge blessing, because I also saw it before my disdain for Tarantino had taken hold. At this point, he was just a creepy, obnoxious weirdo and not a creepy, obnoxious weirdo who had stolen material from 1/3 of my favorite films. Now, I won't pretend it wasn't my love of an ER-era George Clooney that brought me to FDTD, but it is definitely Rodriguez's style and the bravura performances from the cast that keep me returning viewing after viewing.

Filled to the brim with genre icons (Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin, Michael Parks, John Hawkes, Tom Savini, Greg Nicotero, and Fred Williamson, along with Lewis, Keitel, Clooney and of course, Salma Hayek), FDTD is so much fun to watch because it's obvious from the outset that the cast is having a blast. Plus, in case I haven't mentioned... you get to watch Quentin Tarantino die TWO times! TWO! Count it... ONCE... THEN AGAIN! Muahahahaha!

Moving on...

While From Dusk Till Dawn isn't perfect (it's a wee bit misogynistic and Near Dark did the vampire western a lot better), it's a gory, violent thrill of a film in which vampires may be sexy initially, but that is just to lure you in before they show you their true faces. And Count Orlock would approve.

*Honey Note: Now that I'm older and wiser, I've come to see the many "influences" Tarantino tapped into when he wrote From Dusk Till Dawn. Don't believe me? Check out the "references" page on IMDb. It covers MOST of them.

Revenge Honey Rating: 4 lady boners for Salma Hayek out of 5

From Dusk Till Dawn is available via Netflix Streaming, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, VuduGoogle Play, & blu-ray/DVD

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