17. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

 

Vampires chomping off limbs, a sex offender brother and taking a minister's family hostage... it's all under control.

If only Twilight looked a little more like this

8.5/10
Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
Written by: Quentin Tarantino, based on the story by Robert Kurtzman
Starring: George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis

Before Grindhouse, came the Robert Rodriguez ‘n’ Quentin Tarantino From Dusk Till Dawn – a thrilling and funnily disgusting rampage of vampire slaying that makes you want to drive a motorized stake into the heart of Twilight.

Two criminal brothers, Seth (Clooney) and Richard (Tarantino), are on the run from the law, desperate to make it across the Mexican border so they find freedom and a new life away from their past bloody escapades. But when the two take a family and their camper van hostage to get into Mexican territory, their celebratory drinks at a designated titty bar turn into an even more dangerous and freaky experience as they become part of a vampire buffet meal.

While it all sounds like a wildly, overly violent ride (which it is), there’s more to From Dusk Till Dawn than just flying limbs and spurting green blood. As the odd cast fit perfectly into the skins of their distinctive characters, From Dusk Till Dawn is a playful look into good, evil, and a warped sense of ethics, explored in a living hell that is given a visual tang thanks to Rodriguez. But as the film slowly tapers off into excessive vampire slaying, the ending of the film is a little bit anticlimactic in comparison to the rest of the film – feeling as though things were a little rushed and quickly wrapped up.

When it comes to bringing a crazy story to life, count on no one else but Robert Rodriguez for weird and whacky visuals, and Tarantino for sharp, strong writing.

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