Editor's note: In honor of LAMB Acting School, featuring Mr. George Clooney, our occasional guest writer Margarita Soboleva reviews one of the most famous horror B-movies, directed by Robert Rodriguez. From Dusk Till Dawn is far from The Descendents and Ides of March, for which Clooney scored two Oscar nods this year (for acting and writing respectively), but who can forget the horror gem that was penned by Quentin Tarantino himself? Let's recall why this bloody flick is loved by many fans.
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
One of the famous films named “From Dusk Till Dawn” was shot about fifteen years ago by Robert Rodriguez but it is still good to watch nowadays. It tells the story of two brothers Seth (George Clooney) and Richie Gecko (Quentin Tarantino) who rob the bank and shoot dead sixteen people. So now they have to go towards Mexico in order to hide from the police. But before reaching the state frontier they take three people hostage, a pastor and his two children, who, as the matter of fact, help the criminals to escape without being caught. Well, after successfully cheating border-guards, five people arrive in Mexico and direct towards the bar “Titty Twister” to spend night there. This is the very interesting and more important part of the whole movie as the signboard of that ordinary bar — as the characters and viewers may think it is — tells it's open “from dusk till dawn”, as the title of the movie is. So scenes inside the bar lay bare the context of the film. From the moment they cross the threshold, the characters unexpectedly have to resist ugly and dangerous vampires. Till the very end the first-watching spectator is kept in suspense waiting for the denouement because of not being sure about what character would survive in the night fight against the monsters.
And now some words about the performance. Against the background of struggle for life, of blood on the floor and of dangerous bites that turn victims into vampires in seconds the actors, play realistically and convincingly. George Clooney portrays Seth in remarkable and realistic way. So he won the MTV Movie Award for the best breakthrough performance and for the best actor. There are other movies in which he also embodied criminals, for example Ocean's Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen, but Seth stands out to my mind. The Quentin Tarantino's character is unforgettable, especially because he is a homicidal maniac. Then there is Harvey Keitel (Jacob Fuller) who supplements the plot with his lectures and self-control. Juliette Lewis embodies Kate Fuller and is also very good: first of all, her fear of cruel bloodthirsty monsters, then uncertainty of killing vampire bitten visitors and at last overcoming her fears and beginning to struggle for her life in cool blood. And, of course, I can't help saying about the wonderful and splendid dance of Salma Hayek with acid-yellow snake on her shoulders. This scene is the most memorable in the film.
Music does for the action very much. And maybe thanks to this motion picture the viewers got to know the melodic and beautiful song “After Dark”, which accompanies the Salma dance, and its performers Tito & Tarantula.
Talking about its genres, I can say it is a horror action movie. Well, it should be watched by connoisseurs of these genres, otherwise those who don't like such films might not enjoy. As far as I'm concerned, I think “From Dusk Till Dawn” is a great deal better than “Twilight” because, in my opinion, the real vampire essential could be the following: ugly, cruel, bloodthirsty monsters against which should be many means to kill them.
No wonder that in the middle of 90's this terrific motion picture with its special effects created a furore in the society. Years have passed but even now it can strike and amaze its viewers. That is what distinguishes really the best movie.
I estimate it 9/10
Written by Margarita Soboleva
What do you think of From Dusk Till Dawn? Is it among Rodriguez's best?