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From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
From Dusk Till Dawn is a 1996 horror crime action thriller film written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Robert Rodriguez. The movie stars Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino and Juliette Lewis. The film was followed by two direct-to-video follow-ups, a sequel, From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money and a prequel, From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter. They were both received poorly by critics. Danny Trejo is the only actor to appear in all three, although Michael Parks appears in both From Dusk Till Dawn and The Hangman's Daughter. Rodriguez, Tarantino and Lawrence Bender served as producers on all three movies. In late 2010 it was reported that a possible fourth film in the series may be produced. Two brothers Seth (George Clooney) and Richard "Richie" Gecko (Quentin Tarantino) are wanted by the FBI and Texas police for a bank robbery that has left several people dead. They stop at a liquor store with the intent of just picking up a state map, but the psychotic Richie kills Ranger Earl McGraw (Michael Parks) and the cashier (John Hawkes) and burns the store down. During the gunfight, Richie is shot in his left hand.
Basically an Evil Dead set in Mexico, this Quentin Tarantino-Robert Rodriguez collaboration tells the sketchy story of the Gecko brothers (Tarantino and George Clooney), a couple of fugitives on the run to the border. On the way, they pick up a family as hostages: lapsed preacher Jacob Fuller (Harvey Keitel), daughter Kate (Juliette Lewis), and son Scott (Ernest Liu). In the Fullers' RV, they make it to a Mexican strip bar, only to discover it's run by vampires. Thankfully, it makes a great place for an old-fashioned bloodletting.
Tarantino's typical wry humor pervades the film, punctuated by Rodriguez's flair for filming violence. These two filmmakers may be best buddies and their styles may be quite different, but together they've provided Tarantino with his best role as an actor: a demented pervert with a heart of coal.
By the time the gore-fest is in full swing, it feels like a giant-screen game of "DOOM," complete with flowing blood and rolling heads. The way-over-the-top campiness is so completely ridiculous, it's impossible to take anything in the film seriously. But ultimately, that's not a bad thing.
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