From Dusk Till Dawn

May 2, 2010 - Blood and gore abound in this 1996 horror flick from director Robert Rodriguez and scriptwriter Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino also stars along with George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis, Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo and Salma Hayek.

Clooney plays Seth Gecko, a murderous bank robber. Tarantino is his pervy brother, Richard. As the movie opens, they're on the run to meet a guy who promises them safe haven south of the border. In Texas, they stop at a motel where Richard rapes and kills the bank teller they took as a hostage. In need of more hostages, they force disillusioned preacher Harvey Keitel and his kids (including daughter Juliette Lewis) to take them to Mexico in their RV.

Once safely across the border, they head for the appointed meeting place, a biker bar in the middle of nowhere. They arrive around dusk and soon find themselves trapped inside until dawn with more vampires than you can shake a stick at.

Overall review: ** What the movie lacks in plot and dialogue it tries to make up for with plenty of blood and action. Unfortunately, all the blood and action does not totally make up for a lack of plot and dialogue. Mostly what this film feels like is something that two of Hollywood's hottest guys at the time threw together because they could. I'm not familiar with the work of Rodriguez, but Tarantino's script lacks the depth and maturity of his work both before and after. Even the soundtrack seems below par. From Dusk Till Dawn is not unwatchable by any means, but it goes on too long and doesn't quite rise to the level of being good instead of just OK.