VAMPIRE WEEK! As with earlier this week we are currently celebrating the end of The Strain by reviewing vampire films. Today we are getting into the seminal 1996 Crime-Drama-Action-Horror film directed by Robert Rodriguez starring George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino. If you haven’t seen it yet I would recommend doing so before getting into this review, the whole vampire things is kind of a spoiler so please check it out. Lets get into the sausage and mash.
George Clooney taking a moment to hypnotise all the women.
Our story opens with 2 brothers Seth Gecko (George Clooney) and Richie Gecko (Quentin Tarantino) on the run from the law and blazing a trail across America with hopes of breaking through the border to safety. Meanwhile a family are going on a RV trip across America attempting to forget a recent loss, Pastor Dad Jacob (Harvey Keitel), Daughter Kate (Juliette Lewis) and Scott (Ernest Liu). The 2 groups collide and before you can say Hallelujah they are in Mexico waiting for Seth’s contact at the infamous Titty Twister. Before long the stunning Santanico Pandemonium (Selma Hayek) begins her dance and the patrons of the bar reveal their true nature. Will our heroes make it through the night? What lies in wait for Seth once they meet the contact? What is Tom Savini’s secret to immortality?
I always wandered why people don’t use pencils as weapons in vampire films.
This film is a testament to the character writing of Robert Rodríguez, you want to know more but they reveal just enough, never spoiling the air of mystery or telling you more than you need to know. The story goes along following the standard beats of the crime film then flips completely and becomes a horror film. The director juggles everything expertly, making deplorable assholes people we actually want to survive and brings us holy water condoms.
It’s like the last scene in the adventures except with more blood and less Robert Downey Jr.
Its a gleeful celebration of action and horror but it is not without it’s issues. Characters like Richie, although short lived, just don’t need to be so evil, you can make a character bad but when you create a character without restrain or relatable traits the audience is unable to sympathise when he dies. There is also no sense of urgency until the finale, time just happens and most of what happens is within a 24 hour period but that is really just a small issue.
Thank you Salma Hayek for just being you. Awesome.
I love this film and highly recommend watching it, there is also a documentary called Full Tilt Boogie the making of From Dusk Till Dawn which is decent. Anyway check this film out, I give it a Tom Atkins – Man of Action. Classic, chaotic cinema from Mr Rodriguez.
Do people like having their nipples twisted?