Welcome back to another installment of Camp Horror everyone, all this month I'm going to be taking a look at some horror films that are deemed critically successful or cult status by most people, and for the next film on the list, it would count as more of a cult film since it didn't go too well over with the critics at the time, but if you can get past the critics and their opinions, you're looking at one of the more unique vampire films out there:
From Dusk Till Dawn
What happens when you mix the directing of Robert Rodriguez and the genius writing of Quentin Tarantino? You get From Dusk Till Dawn, a smart ass witty vampire flick that features a lot of violence, but stylish in a way thanks to Tarantino who even starts in the movie opposite to George Clooney as his brother. Now I mentioned that the film didn't go too well with the critics because the violence and the jokes within the film turned them away from it, but to a lot of people From Dusk Till Dawn is a solid vampire flick and I wholeheartedly agree. I quite enjoyed this flick, but then again maybe it's because I enjoyed Rodriguez and Tarantino's other works, and their trademark sense of humor is implied a lot in this film. I really can't mention it since it goes against Gamespot's terms of service, but if you've seen the movie, you'll know what I'm talking about.
More than likely what also turned off critics from the film is the plot of the film which has Clooney and Tarantino as brothers who are wanted crimes and they're on the run from the FBI. While they're in a store, Tarantino's character Richie has a behavior problem which gets the better of him and he ends up offing the store clerk and the FBI agent chasing after them. They hold up in a motel, some serious stuff goes down and they end up taking a family hostage and driving to Mexico where the hide out in a bar that happens to be populated by vampires.
Like a lot of people this part of the movie caught me off guard, but I continued to watch the film and eventually I became more interested in the film once the vampires started killing everyone. It's quite violent, but Rodriguez uses green blood for the vampires so they could get the R rating and let me tell you, this film isn't for the weak of heart either, there's a lot of violence, beheading, and other things that might make you throw up if you watch it for long enough, but there's also a sense of humor to the film thanks in part to Tarantino. It's more sexual jokes than anything, but they're down in a way that's not too disguising. I also love Seth's little speech about the vampires and if they're real or not, it's definitely up there with some of Tarantino's other works.
It's a vampire flick worth watching that doesn't involve vampires of another nature, and it sure as hell is entertaining. If you're a fan of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, you'll definitely enjoy this movie, but for everyone it might be best to skip this movie, not based the scare factor, but for the amount of violence and amount of sexual jokes they've got in this movie. Otherwise, it's definitely a recommendation from me. :D