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From Dusk Till Dawn

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From Dusk Till Dawn

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Tom Savini, Salma Hayek, Juliette Lewis, Quentin Tarantino
director:
Robert Rodriguez
author:
Quentin Tarantino
genre:
ActionAdventure, Horror

We gave it a B

The hand of scriptwriter Quentin Tarantino guides this thriller even when he’s not appearing on screen as Richard, pervert brother of escaped con Seth Gecko (George Clooney). Robert Rodriguez’s movie starts out as an unnervingly violent chase flick, reminiscent of Reservoir Dogs in its witty banter and bloody shoot-outs, then takes the siblings to a gruesome strip club in Mexico. There, From Dusk Till Dawn degenerates into a familiar video gorefest, as the dancers all turn into — you guessed it — drooling vampires. That bizarre juxtaposition may present itself as gonzo pastiche in the same way that Tarantino’s own films stitch together B-movie cliches. But the result leaves viewers as well as the characters stranded, caught somewhere between the goofy and the gritty. C+

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