Friday, April 8, 2011

Day 6 of the 30 Day Horror Challenge: From Dusk Till Dawn

Day 06 - Your favorite vampire movie –

(Are those two holes in your neck or are you just happy to see me?)

First off, let’s list all the movies that were included in the selection here: Salem’s Lot, Tod Browning’s Dracula, Murnau’s Nosferatu, The Horror of Dracula (and pretty much every Hammer entry into the vamp series), Lost Boys and 30 Days of Night… and Lair of the White Worm and and and… I love vampires. I love vampire movies and television programs and novels. Who doesn’t right? Edward vs. whoever the fuck they want to put Edward up against. I’ve got such a smorgasbord to choose from that we’re going to keep it simple.

From Dusk Till Dawn is my selection for this entry in the 30 Day Horror Challenge. It’s a very simple recipe for success. Two parts blood to three parts gore add Selma Hayek, Clooney, Tarantino himself, Savini and Cheech Fucking Marin… Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis… it doesn’t end. The list is insane. The dialogue is Tarantino. The effects/plot are Rodriguez (cause Robert Rodriguez brings the fuckin’ pain on this one). So beyond actors and gore and blood we’ve got a kick ass vamp rock n’ roll band (Tito & Tarantula), a cache of make shift vamp destroyer weapons, naked vamps, a titty bar called the Titty Twister (do I need to keep going as to why this is my favorite?) Wait… Danny Trejo! Sorry, had to get that off my chest too.

The story line follows a family of criminals, the Gecko Brothers, (Tarantino and Clooney) who meet up for an over the border rendezvous (read kidnapping) with a religious family, The Fullers, (Keitel, Lewis etc). Their goal is to escape the law and get themselves good and paid in Mexico. The meeting place for the grand exchange for freedom is a strip club on the edge of nowhere. And it’s a vampire nightclub/trucker bar that “To Serve Man”’s its human customers to its vampire customers. The only chance to survive is to wait for sunrise and kick ass (and we’re all out of sunlight). “Live or die man… die… wrong… honk.”

I’m not sure if I like this one for its own sake or for the Grindhouse collaboration that comes later between Tarantino and Rodriguez. Characters that appear in this film show up later in other Tarantino flicks. If I had to slam this one it would be for the vamp transformations that rely a wee bit too much on the CGI. That’s always my criticism though. The vamps actually look more like bat/snake than traditional vamps. I defer to Max Schreck/Bela Lugosi/Chris Lee on preferred vamp look usually. This doesn’t go in that direction, but the rest of the story and creativity behind the vamp/trucker bar makes up for the poor CGI and strange facials.

Also a great crossover flick for those non-horror fans among you (eat them, suck their blood, you know what to do). They’ll enjoy the action and dialogue. Did I mention Tom Savini’s charater’s name is Sex Machine and he has a surprise for you in his cod piece? Did I mention naked vampire strippers? Look out for the excellent P.T. Barnum Cheech Marin dialogue package which is sure to make you explode with laughter.

-Dr. Terror

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