From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)


I’ve been feeling a bit off this week and today I kind of wanted to watch something silly that I’d seen (and liked) before. Originally I was thinking Planet Terror, but then I remembered it’s Thursday and Planet Terror is definitely not 20 years old yet. So I picked the next best thing.

Can you believe it’s been 20 years since this movie came out? Okay, I’ll be honest, I can totally believe it, especially with how young George Clooney and Juliette Lewis look in it. But you know what? It still holds up.

This movie is well paced, the characters are interesting, and the dialogue spot on. It’s extremely well cast — the group chemistry works, on both sides of the battle. And maybe it’s just me, but I always imagined that Richard Gecko was the character who most resembled the real-life Quentin Tarantino. Which isn’t all bad — I wouldn’t date him but he does know how to toss out a perfect one-liner.

No, it’s not the scariest movie you’ll ever watch, though it does have it’s creepy moments. This is, by and large, an action movie in the horror genre. Well, let me rephrase…it’s, by and large, a Quentin Tarantino action movie in the horror genre. So it was right up my alley. There are some great scenes in this one — I particularly love when Santanico Pandemonium (the lovely and talented Salma Hayek) has her high heel to Seth Gecko’s (Clooney) throat.

Ultimately, this movie is pretty damn entertaining. Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino make a great team. If anything, now I really want to watch Planet Terror… Maybe tomorrow!

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September 2023