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A Note Regarding Spoilers

The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for From Dusk Till Dawn can be found here.

After robbing a bank in Kansas and escaping from jail, Seth Gecko (George Clooney) and his trigger-happy, younger brother Richie (Quentin Tarantino) make a run for the Mexican border, along the way crossing paths with the Fuller family -- ex-pastor Jacob (Harvey Keitel), his son Scott (Ernest Liu), and his daughter Kate (Juliette Lewis) -- when they all stop for the night at the Dew Drop Motel in Texas. In order to get across the border, the Geckos abduct the Fullers and their RV, but things really heat up when the motley crew stops at a trucker- and biker-only bar, the Titty Twister, where they are supposed to rendez-vous with Seth's contact Carlos (Cheech Marin), who has arranged a safehouse for them in El Rey. As dusk falls, the Titty Twister fills with vampires, and Geckos and Fullers must survive 'till dawn'.

From Dusk Till Dawn is based on a screenplay written by director Quentin Tarantino based on a story by American screenwriter Robert Kurtzman. It was followed by From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999), From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter (1999), and a TV series 'From Dusk Till Dawn' (2014- ).

No explanation is given in the movie. The most prevalent explanation is that Scott was adopted. Other explanations are that (1) Jacob was married to a Chinese woman before (or after) he was married to Kate's mother, (2) Jacob's wife had an affair with a Chinese man, or (3) Scott and Kate had the same mother, but Scott inherited the Chinese features while Kate did not.

How does the movie end?

As the sun rises, only Seth and Kate are left standing, still fighting off the remaining vampires. Suddenly, Carlos knocks at the door, and Seth yells at him to kick tt in. The intruding sun kills off the rest of the vampires, allowing Seth and Kate to escape into the sunlight. Based on the fact that Carlos picked the Titty Twister and got Richie and the Fuller family killed, Seth bargains with Carlos for a lower rate. Kate asks to go with him to El Rey, but Seth refuses and gives her a handful of money.instead. In the final scene, Kate drives away in the RV, and a long shot reveals that the Titty Twister is simply the top tier of a buried Aztec temple with piles of trucks and bikes from past victims dumped behind it.

What/where is El Rey?

El Rey is a safe haven for ciminals located somewhere in Mexico. In exchange for money, criminals are given much-needed shelter where they won't be found by the police. El Rey first appeared in American author Jim Thompson's novel The Getaway (1958).

El Rey is not the Eden it is purported to be. To stay there, you have to deposit your money in the town bank, with outrageous fees that get even more outrageous if your balance falls below a certain amount. Only first-class luxuries are provided, and you pay for them, and people end up doing without or wearing their clothes till they're worn to nothing to avoid paying for more. If you cause trouble, you're a victim of "suicide" or an "accident," and there's no social life because everyone there is suspicious and paranoid of each other. When your money runs out, you're put to work as a street sweeper or something else and have to scrounge for your food. When you're no good for that, you're killed and eaten. Whether or not Seth knew this (it's said that no one ever escapes from El Rey, so no one outside El Rey knows the truth) is unknown. So, whatever his reason for refusing to take Kate with him, Seth actually did her an enormous favor by leaving her behind with a large wad of money.

This takes some work, but all of the above films all exist within the same movie universe. There are several links between all of the movies that can be made. The best link is the character of Earl McGraw who appears in all of the movie's plots. McGraw dies at the start of From Dusk Till Dawn (FDTD), so this would place FDTD's events at the end of the timeline. Then there is Jasper who is alive in the 'Death Proof' segment of Grindhouse (2007), but dies in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003). There is also the link of El Wray from the 'Planet Terror' segment of Grindhouse and the town to which the Gecko brothers were heading in FDTD which was also called "El Wray". Another link is Dr. Dakota Block who appears in both the 'Death Proof' and 'Planet Terrior' segments of Grindhouse, and this is the best place to start. Dakota Block is also the daughter of Earl McGraw and sister of Edgar McGraw who also appears in Kill Bill vol. 1 and FDTD: Texas Blood Money.

The events of 'Death Proof' must happen before the events of 'Planet Terror'. This can be assumed by the relationship between Dakota Block and Earl McGraw which is frayed in 'Death Proof' and most of 'Planet Terror', but they do make up by the end of 'Planet Terror'. Also the lack of "sickos" in 'Death Proof' would suggest this is before 'Planet Terror'. Plus, Block leaves at the end of 'Planet Terror' but is back working in the hospital in 'Death Proof'. There is also a mention "in memory of" over the radio of Jungle Julia from 'Death Proof' in the events of Planet Terror.

So we have 'Death Proof', 'Planet Terror', and Jasper. As he is alive in 'Death Proof' but dies in Kill Bill vol. 1, that would place the (current) events of KIll Bill[ 1 and 2 after the events of 'Death Proof'. Then, onto Earl McGraw who is alive in 'Death Proof', 'Planet Terror', and Kill Bill vol. 1, but is killed in FDTD. But then you have to include FDTD 2: Texas Blood Money and FDTD 3: The Hangman's Daughter. Edgar McGraw makes reference to the events and death of his father Earl in Texas Blood Money, which obviously sets this film after FDTD. Then The Hangman's Daughter is actually a prequel set in the 1800's therefore the earliest of the connections. So finally, chronologically the films go (1) The Hangman's Daughter, (2) 'Death Proof', (3) 'Planet Terror', (4) Kill Bill vol. 1, (5) Kill Bill vol. 2, (6) FDTD, and (7) Texas Blood Money.

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