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After hearing countless people tell me how crappy this movie is, and after reading tons of reviews that make it sound totally unbearable, I decided to watch it myself. You know what? They are all wrong. Most of the movie is at LEAST average direct-to-video work. Of course it isn't as good as the original, but this movie was just as gory, more action-packed, and had some very funny moments (they watched Mexican porno for a VERY long time in that motel room). I was not disappointed watching this movie, because I didn't take it seriously. I suggest you relax and give it a try, you'll laugh at how funny they tried to make this a good movie.
Making a sequel to the original From Dusk Till Dawn seems impossible, and
this joint shouldn't be seen as a sequel. The only things featured in the
original is a few actors and nothing else.
Anyways, the movie has many funny B-movie shots, overdone one would say,
it seem as if the director Scott Spiegel is tryin' too hard to make it
his friend Sam Raimi's Evil Dead films, including cameo by Bruce
The acting is pretty bad, the plot is even worse, but still there's some
quite good ideas. But it's only a made-for-video film, so I didn't have
expectations at all, even though From Dusk... being one of my
all-time-favorite. It's actually impressive that Tarantino & Rodriguez
wanted to executive this movie.
Check it out, I'm on my way to rent the 3rd one... Peace Out!
OK. This is probably my guiltiest pleasure ever! The acting is extremely
awful, and the movie is filled with immature draggings of the originals
material. But still I like this movie. A cinescape reviewer wrote that some
horror fans desperate for something new in the genre, may forgive the film
for its problems. I think I'm probably one of those horror fans.
Its more entertaining than a lot of recent theatrical releases. I think the gore is great, and the Evil Dead qualities: Sam Raimi-ish camera angles (overdone), demon-like vampire deaths make this movie even more entertaining. I think its really a great cheeseball B-horror movie.
I only caught the "edited" version on Sci-Fi Channel, but must admit that I
found this to be a mildly entertaining film. It takes a basic ideas
(vampires robbing a bank) and goes with it and runs.
The problem is that that's really all there is, and there's not much running track. Like the original, it tries to stay "reality" grounded as a caper flick, but given this is a shorter movie, this goes on _way_ too long before you actually get to vampires.
Once we get the first guy bit by a vampire, it moves along to "vampires rob a bank" and "vampires shoot it out with police." But...that's really about it. The writers seemed to have run out of ideas, and so we just get interminable variations on these two basic ideas. There is no real climax - the vampire bad guys are subsequently interchangeable, and the only really competent one (Jesus) gets killed before the formerly-dimwitted one. The ending is just one big shootout, prolonged by a convenient solar eclipse. Which is another pointless plot point - if you want vampires to be in the darkness, just keep them in darkness and have the sun come up normally. Adding the solar eclipse does nothing here. It's stuff like this which suggests the writers didn't know quite what they were doing.
As for the Raimi-esque POV shots, a little goes a long way - something that Scott Spiegel should have learned from the master. It's kinda fun the first twenty times, but after that...
Overall, I'd recommend it if you can catch it on the cheap. It's no classic, but it's mildly amusing.
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I obviously didn't have high hopes for "From Dusk Till Dawn 2" after its
opening reel. Like the infamous "Congo", it makes the grave mistake of
killing off the multi-talented Bruce Campbell in the first five minutes,
also does the same thing to Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, despite the fact that
all the ads for the movie had mislead one into believing that she has a
sizable role in it. The fact that their death scene has absolutely NOTHING
to do with the main storyline doesn't help much either, but amazingly,
2" eventually makes up for these miscalculations and becomes a
fun direct-to-video quickie. Whatever flaws it possesses are redeemed by
enthusiasm of the cast and the filmmakers, who probably realized that they
were making an inconsequential film, but seemed to have had a ball doing
nonetheless. It's directed by Scott Spiegel, who co-wrote "Evil Dead 2"
has been a long-time associate of Sam Raimi's, and he gets help on the
script from Duane Whitaker, who has a major role in the film and is
best known for playing the bizarre pawn shop owner, Maynard, in "Pulp
Fiction". The two of them may not have the same polish as a Quentin
Tarantino-Robert Rodriguez combination, but they both have an obvious love
for the genre and at the occasional moment in the film, some fresh new
to add to it.
The original "From Dusk Till Dawn" was one of the most enjoyable genre efforts of the 90s, which unfortunately, received a lot of criticism from non-horror fans who thought that Tarantino's screenplay started off as a potentially interesting drama that sold out midway through, opting instead to become a over-the-top gorefest in the second half. Of course, most genre aficionados found those horror elements so entertaining that they didn't care at all about the detour in Tarantino's script. Of course, "FDTD 2" doesn't near measure up to its predecessor, but if there's one thing that it does to improve upon it, it's that it doesn't even try to pretend that it has the potential to be anything else, and just presents itself as a good ol' horror outing, mixed in with a fairly standard heist story. It also helps, however, that the characters are more sharply written and the dialogue is more witty than you'd expect for a flick of this kind. The fine B-movie cast somehow makes you care in spite of yourself, and by the time the movie reached its climactic bloodbath at the bank, I was surprised by how much I was into the film. But when all is said and done, what really matters is if the horror elements deliver, and Spiegel does just that, providing some very inventive death scenes and some show-off Raimi-esque camera work (including a neat point-of-view shot of a key going into a keyhole). Sure, the gore and the F/X aren't exactly up to the "Saving Private Ryan" level of realism, but it's not like they were that great in the original either. It's not the slickness of the production, but the enthusiasm and spirit of it all that matters. And since "From Dusk Till Dawn 2" has that kind of spirit and delivers what it promises, it comes across as a direct-to-video production that's pretty-damn-fun!
The special effects really do suck and the actors aren't first string, however fans of cheesy horror movies shouldn't be discouraged from checking this flick out. This is genuinely stylish with some ambitious camera work and some nice art direction touches. I think the director and the cinematographer might have been having a contest to see who could come up with the wierdest pov shot while they were shooting the picture. Also there are a few moments that are funny and border upon being clever. The porno film massacre scene had me chuckling when the donut guy got blown away. I also liked the opening Bruce Cambell(Hail to the King!) and Tiffany-Amber Thiessen elevator scene. The important thing with this movie is to forget about the first one. The first one was a kinetic, over the top, vamp slaughter-fest that was fun but hardly horror. This movie is not great, but still has the elements of a real low-budget horror movie aspiring to be something better.
It goes the genre-blending of the original one better: it melds the heist movie, the vampire movie, and the good-ole-boy movie. The co-writer Duane Whitaker, who has made a number of witty and flavorfully scripted independent movies, is probably responsible for the Texas atmosphere, and the idiosyncracy of the gang of redneck layabouts who make up the cast. Despite the stripped-down special effects, you might feel grateful to the movie for being the first B picture in eons to feature actual characters. Robert Patrick is superb as the hero--who, in the fashion of the first film, seems convincingly about to be revealed as a hotheaded sociopath, then veers in a very different direction. Muse Watson as the safecracker C.W. and Bo Svenson, now ripened in late middle aged, is marvellous as the skeptical sheriff--he could play doubles with L.Q. Jones. The movie isn't much, but it has actors, characters and dialogue--three things that are by now extinct on the direct-to-video shelf.
i'm always wary of sequels (especially direct-to-video sequels) and
hesitantly rented this film. now, i wasn't expecting it to even come close
to the original (which is one of my personal favorites), but god forbid i
wasn't expecting it to be THIS bad!
First of all, the director does nothing but rip off Sam Raimi's old evil dead directing style, but in a second rate style. the most inspired bit is the beginning movie-within-a-movie that has a cameo by the great Bruce Cambell.
the special effects, while appropriately gory, look really cheap and dumb. also, all the point of view camera angles of everything from hat bills to fans got on my nerves and made me sea sick.
the plot is really poorly done and the film doesn't seem to go anywhere. the acting is okay with an odd turn by Robert Patrick (the evil terminator in T2) who seems to be slumming big time in this film.
steer clear of this one and instead go to the well done third film called the hangman's daughter. act like this film never exists.
I really liked the first movie. It was cool, it was violent and the twist was really fun and unexpected. This movie is nothing like it. Fact is that this movie just stinks. Please do me a favor, if you're thinking of renting this movie, think again. The very uncool camera angles and quotes like "Come here you sexy bitch" just makes you think that the movie is made by some sort of primate with the brain the size of a peanut.
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Regardless if you like it or hate it I'm pretty sure this movie will
leave an impression.
This is the kind of movie that leave you befuddled not knowing whether you should laugh or cry.
Horror sequences are predictable yet utterly stupid. There are major gaps in the plot. One of the more obvious being the main plot: Going to Mexico to rob a bank. It's basic movie trivia that you commit a crime and then you go to Mexico to escape the long arm of the law.
The dialog makes clumsy attempts at being clever, Tarantino-ish if you will. Unfortunately it all just falls flat. Tarantino has an odd gift for allowing actors to fluently deliver the dialogue no matter how cliché it might be. This lacks here. Instead just about every sentence spoken sounds contrived and forced.
Action sequences are horrendous. Vampires and cops alike line up in order to die in a gruesome manner. We're talking really lining up. Not in the sense that everybody dies but in the sense that there seems to be a veritable queue. The camera focuses, slightly off-focus on one killing, then moves on the next.
I think this movie is a bit of a hit and miss. I got the sense that they tried to create something and failed miserably. If you watch it, try to think of it as a movie that doesn't try to be anything. That way you at least won't have any expectations of it.
In the end however this movie is probably best remained unseen.
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