Science fiction and fantasy
From Dusk Till Dawn
directed by Robert Rodriguez
They fetch up at a loud, sleazy bar that's open from dusk till dawn. It's the kind of place where fights break out at the drop of a glance and under-dressed women dance on tables. But after Santanico Pandemonium (Salma Hayek) emerges and does her act, the people of the bar show their true colours. The fugitives and their hostages are trapped in a den of vampires, and it's feeding time.
The vampires proceed to fight and die with the maximum possible gore and silliness. The effects are comically splattery, with a gleeful low-budget look. There's plenty of crude humour and slapstick as an ever-dwindling group of survivors battle hideous and crazed legions of the undead. Not all of the vampires are the same, there are a few different varieties and they tend to die in explosive and entertaining ways.
From Dusk Till Dawn is rude, crude, violent and ridiculous. This kind of over-the-top fun will appeal to fans of The Evil Dead, Rob Zombie movies, or other schlock horror. Fast-paced and relatively short, it's very much a film for a night with the lads. With George Clooney dispensing dry one-liners and bullets, and characters like the irrepressible biker Sex Machine (Tom Savini), this vampire movie is like a swig of pure testosterone.
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Review © Ros Jackson
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