Wednesday, December 28, 2011

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

This is an imperfect-but-creditable movie. Seth Gecko (George Clooney) and his brother Richie (Quentin Tarantino) are dangerous criminals trying to avoid the Texas police and the FBI after a deadly bank robbery. Seth is thoughtful and a careful planner, but Richie is impulsive and a sex fiend. The brothers want to flee to Mexico where the mysterious Carlos claims he can provide sanctuary, but they are unsure how to get passed the border patrol. At a motel they meet a skeptical pastor, his teenage daughter Kate (Juliette Lewis), and his adopted son Scott who are traveling in an RV. They kidnap the family and tell them that if they want to stay alive they need to get across the border without incident. After reaching Mexico, they go to a bar and discover that most people inside of it are actually vampires.

The film used a non-union production crew, which is unusual for a production with a budget above $15 million. The film was followed by two direct-to-video follow-ups, a sequel and a prequel.

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