Σάββατο, 22 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012

From Dusk till Dawn (1996)

From Dusk Till Dawn not just a horror film.






"Titty Twister Open Dusk till Dawn"


From Dusk Till Dawn is one of the Robert Rodriguez first films. The film “From Dusk till Dawn” does not have only elements of horror genre but also elements from crime, action and thriller genres. The screen play of the film was written by Quentin Tarantino and as I have mentioned the film was directed by Robert Rodriquez.  It’s an interesting film with two parts in storyline of the plot structure like Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) the first part of the film is a crime, thriller and the second part is horror action film.  From Dusk till Dawn - the violence and horror is presented to audience without style and cinematic techniques - the horror is rough, graphical and in comics style.  In my opinion is an interesting film with unforgettable characters and great camera work - especially in Satanico Pandemonium sequence.



The plot structure of film “From Dusk Till Dawn


The basic dramatic  structure of the film  is about a group of people - two of them are dangerous criminals and kind-nappers and the kind - napped priest who has lost his faith and his teenager children - who are trapped in a strip club and they are under the attack of deadly vampires - they have to survive during the night till dawn.

The film begins with Gecko brothers - Seth (George Clooney) and Richard “Richie” (Quentin Tarantino) who are wanted by FBI for bank robbery, murder, use of guns and explosives. Gecko brother want to excape and they heading to Mexico where their contact “carlos” has arrange a safe house for them in the Mexican City of “El Ray”. Richie Gecko is injured at his head. The Geckos keep a woman (bank teller) as hostage in the car of their car truck.

Geckos stop at a motel and Seth goes to buy food when he returns finds the hostage woman killed after being rapped (obviously Richie is a psychotic killer). The Geckos need hostages to use them as a shield to pass the borders. A mid age priest Jacob (Harvey Keitel)  who face a believe crisis and his teenage children are the best solution for Geckos because they have a RV.



By hiding behind the RV’s bathroom curtains the Gecko brother cross the borders and enter Mexico. They stop to a strip club named “Titty Twister” in an isolated descent place somewhere in Mexico. In “Titty Twister” the Geckos had arranged a meeting with their Mexican contact “Carlos”.

Gecko brothers with jacob his daughter Kate and his son Scott enter the Titty Twister and the criminal brothers started drinking heavily. Then started the “Satanico pandemonum” show and Geckos take spacial notice of the club’s top dancer (Salma Hayek). Salma Hayek is dancing dressed as an Aztec princess with a boa around her neck (In my opinion one of the moments in film). After the show the super sexy dancer (Salma Hayek) sees the blood on Richie Gecko hand and she transforms into a vampire.

Then it starts, one by one, the strip clubs employees are transformed into ungly vampires and start killing the clients of the club. Only Seth, the Priest Jacob, Kate, Scotty, a biker named Sex Machine (the role is played by the special effects expert Tom Savini) and a Truck Driver with Vietnam experience have survived after the brutal attack. The survivors have formed a group to fight against the Vampires, at the next minutes of fighting Sex - Machine is bitten by a vampire and he is transformed into a vampire and he bites the Truck Driver and the priest Jacob. During the fight Sex - Machine is killed by Kate and Jacob is kills the Truck Driver, Jacob transforms into a Vampire and his son Scott hesitates to kill his father and after a few second is bitten by his father who had transformed into a vampire. The young boy has few seconds before his transformation begins and he dispatches his father . The transformation of Scotty started and he pleased his sister Kate to kill him. Kate has no other choice she follows the wishes of her brother and kills his own brother and as many vampires as she it was possible.

Only Seth and Kate are alive, they have very few bullets and the Vampires approach ready to attack again. Sun is arising and the Sun rays break through the bullet - holes on bar walls and destroy the Vampires.  Seth and Kate shoot at the walls to let sun light enter into the bar to destroy the Vampires and survive.

Finally, Carlos arrives, Kate drives the RV far away somewhere in Mexican Desert and Seth starts a new life in Mexico. At the end of the film we can see that the strip bar was build at the top of an Aztec temple possibly the true source of Vampire killers was the Aztec temple. Obviously the Mexican Vampires have spread their disease and curse for centuries. Also audience can see many abandoned motorbikes and trucks evidence of the horrible death of thousands men.



The Cast of film “From Dusk Till Dawn

The part of main character Seth Gecko is played by George Clooney, the character of the psychotic killer Richie Gecko is performed by Quentin TarantinoQuentin Tarantino.  The part of Priest Jacob who faces a religious belief crisis is performed by Harvey Keitel.
Juliette Lewis plays the part of Kate fuller daughter of the priest Jacob. The part of Priest’s adopted Asian son is played by Ernest Liu. The part of super sexy dancer “Satanico Pandemonium” is played by Salma Hayek. Danny Trejo plays the part of Razor Charlie (Titty Twitter employee). Cheech Marin plays three different parts in the same film - the Board Guard / Animator at the front of the Titty Twister / Carlos.
Special guest in the film is “The Special Effects” expert Tom Savini who plays the part of motorbike rider “Sex Machine”.


From Dusk Till Dawn box - office revenue and awards


The production budget of the film “From Dusk Till Dawn” was about $ 20 million. The film crossed about $ 25 million. Critics were  mixed to positive.  Not a very big commercial and artistic success but an interesting film.

The film “From Dusk till Dawn” won an MTV Award for Best Breakthrough Performance - George Clooney, also it won two Saturn Award for Best Horror Film and for Best Actor (George Clooney) it was also nominated for another three Saturn Awards (Best Director, Best supporting actor, best supporting actress) and for a Razzie Award.

The film “From Dusk till Dawn” has also an interesting score and it’s based on Texas Blues songs from bands like ZZTop, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan, The Blasters and Tito and Tarantula.

You can see on youtube the Satanico Pandemonium film sequence



You can see the trailer of the film “From Dusk till Dawn” on youtube



Elias Stoikos

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