Not nearly as bad as I expected…
I vaguely remembered seeing this movie back in the 1990s. When it came on cable the other day, I thought, Sure, why not?
From Dusk Till Dawn is a movie about a pair of bank robbers on the run, who kidnap a preacher and his two teenage children to serve as hostages. They take the unwilling family to Mexico–to a sleazy strip bar, to be exact.
Oh, and then the vampires come in. Yes, really, that’s the setup, in a nutshell.
From Dusk Till Dawn is a movie that should be really, really bad. It is part of the comedy-horror genre, which I usually don’t like.
But as it turns out, From Dusk Till Dawn is only a little bit bad. There are some cheesy scenes, and some politically incorrect sex jokes that wouldn’t pass muster today.
Nevertheless, for the type of movie that it is, the plot and pacing are good, and there is some decent character development.
I don’t mean to give you the impression that this is the cinematic equivalent of War and Peace. What I am saying: it isn’t horrible.
The movie stars George Clooney before he became political and annoying. It also stars Quentin Tarantino, who is as creepy in front of the camera as he is creepy and tasteless behind the camera.
And also Juliette Lewis. I liked all movies made in the 1990s with Juliette Lewis.