From Dusk Till Dawn

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From Dusk Till Dawn
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Genre: Horror
Black Comedy
Starring: George Clooney
Harvey Keitel
Quentin Tarantino
Juliette Lewis
Cheech Marian
Fred Williamson
Tom Savini
Salma Hayek
Release Date: January 19, 1996
Country: United States
Prequel: N/A
Sequel: From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money
Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter

From Dusk Till Dawn is a 1996 action, horror, comedy, black comedy, drama, live action movie.  It was directed by Robert Rodriguez, written by Quinten Tarantino, storyboarded by Robert Kurtzman, musically composed by Graeme Revell, filmed by Guillermo Navarro, edited by Robert Rodriguez, distributed by Miramax Films, produced by Dimension Films, Los Hooligans Productions, and A Band Apart, and it starred George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Cheech Marian, Juliette Lewis, Tom Savini, Fred Williamson, and Salma Hayek.

Why It Rocks

  1. Amazing dark comedy.
  2. Tom Savini probably has the funniest role in the entire movie. He plays a character called Sex Machine with a Cock Gun strapped to his crotch.
  3. Excellent soundtrack.
  4. Outstanding special effects, done by the master of gore himself, Tom Savini.
  5. Incredible acting.
  6. The middle movie has a dance by Salma Hayek. While it doesn't serve any narrative purpose in the movie, it was still entertaining.
  7. Great action scenes.
  8. From Dusk Till Dawn is the first horror movie to combine both the writing of Quinten Tarantino with the directing and brilliant camera work of Robert Rodriguez.
  9. Creative cinematography.
  10. The final scene in the movie is the absolute best part, it's an intense battle with the undead, and a showcase of awesome special effects.
  11. Good pacing.
  12. The film can also be quite dramatic, the best example being when the kid dies. He starts getting eaten by vampires, and then another kid shoots him, making him explode.
  13. Lots of creative deaths for the vampires.

Bad Qualities

  1. The movie starts out very serious in tone, but after the dance by Salma Hayek it abruptly segues into the more horror, comedy, and action focused parts. That sudden change can be kind of jarring to a lot of viewers.


From Dusk Till Dawn has a 63% critic rating and a 76% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 3.5/5 on Letterboxd, and a 7.3/10 on the International Movie Database (IMDB).