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In a further melding of the crime and horror genres, "From Dusk Till
Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money" entertains as well as it can. Admittedly,
it's pretty damn stupid, some of the effects are extremely hokey, and
there's not much story to speak of. But it's got a sublime B movie
cast, it's very lively and sometimes gory, director Scott Spiegel
revisits his "Intruder" gimmick of coming up with ridiculous P.o.V.
shots, and there's a healthy dose of humour. All of that makes this a
sequel that's more fun than it might have been otherwise.
Robert Patrick stars as Buck, a career criminal. Buck is convinced to join a bank robbing scheme by his associate Luther (Duane Whitaker). But Luther has angered the wrong individuals - the blood sucking variety - and this starts a chain reaction of vampirism; things keep going from bad to worse. The wonderfully idiotic twist is that Luther still insists on going through with the job. When the vampires increase in number and get out of control, Buck is forced to team up with his nemesis, a hard nosed Texas sheriff named Otis (the always amusing Bo Hopkins).
Patrick, Whitaker, and Hopkins are joined by Muse Watson ("I Know What You Did Last Summer" and its first sequel), Raymond Cruz ("Alien: Resurrection"), Woody Harrelsons' brother Brett ("Strangeland"), and Danny Trejo, a holdover from the first movie. The cameos in the opening sequence are fun, too. James Parks plays the son of the character whom his father Michael portrayed in "From Dusk Till Dawn". Patrick and Hopkins are great (it's a treat to see Bo in an ass kicking role) and they pretty much hold the whole thing together.
This is a "good", goofy, dose of no brainer entertainment for 88 straight minutes.
Seven out of 10.
OK, so the film isn't quite as good as the original...but I thoroughly
enjoyed it nonetheless!
Well why is that? The action is great, with the characters really portraying the vice and gritteyness of the life of an outlaw. There is of course the sexual element often related to vampires, whilst the idea of brotherhood in a capitalist society, where money talks!
The element of brotherhood was a big thing for me...this was present in the first film no doubt, but in this film it revolves around a group of old time friends. OK, they are not respectable guys as they are outlaws, but the way they all have history & a friendship where each one is there for each other, whilst having a great laugh is something one can not fault!
The acting wasn't top notch, i agree, with the film sometimes being predictable, but hey, that's why it got an 8/10 for me.
So, if you want to watch this movie, think about how these guys interact as friends, whilst the sex and violence is a definite plus of watching this film! Don't watch it if your expecting an original, well-thought story line or talented acting, simple as that!
I know that the people making this film loved B-movies. You got the
homages everywhere, from the first scene starring Bruce Campbell
himself (is the term 'campy' coming from his name or the other way
around?) to the scene where Robert Patrick puts on his shiny police
shades and calmly walks toward the camera. The film even uses some
camera techniques that remind of Sam Raimi (even if they make you
woozy). However this has nothing to do with From Duck Till Dawn.
You see, the original movie was about twisting characters out of their comfort story zone and throwing them into a gore filled, vampire infested bar in the middle of Mexico. This film loses immediately to having the same name, so removing the element of surprise and of "what the hell is going on", but also loses overall for having a really dumb story. It doesn't mean the movie is not fun, but there are no smart plot twists or fancy dialogues in this film.
Still, fun to see Robert Patrick so young looking and fooling around. How does one get so freaking old in just 15 years?
After agreeing to participate in a robbery at a Mexican bank, a team
finds that several members of their crew are actually vampires and try
to survive the encounter before they're turned into the creatures as
well as keep the police outside at bay.
This turned out to be a lot better than it should've been, and which starts off on a good note with the lack of Tarantino in any shape or form in the story, as well as a fantastic opening attack that really sets the tone for the rest of the film quite nicely. Though the build-up with the recruitment's takes far too long than it should, several of the attack scenes before the bank attack are a little too drawn out and the plot itself has a couple gaping holes (one of which is pointed out in the film itself by the characters) this is still a pretty involving film that really isn't that bad or boring, and the finale is a huge, fantastic action scene that really works very well, with a gunfight, shootouts, hand-to-hand brawling and fighting amongst the action before turning to dealing with the vampires in more traditional manners, which allows for some nice gore to be present amongst it all. All in all, this is a mildly flawed but definitely enjoyable entry.
Rated R: Graphic Violence, Graphic Language, Nudity and a sex scene.
The original From Dusk Till Dawn was a fun little genre movie that
really was a fresh take on the Vampire genre since it was at first a
heist/running from the authorities movie but then became midway a
vampire killing flick. Which is also what they attempted to do here
just not nearly as convincing as the first time. And while Robert
Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino might have their names attached to this
movie as Executive Producers I don't know how much actual involvement
they had with this project beyond just giving the red light to Scott
Spiegel to make his own sequel to their film.
I mean if you're bored late night flipping thru the channels looking for something to watch there's worse things you can watch but not nearly as epic as the first movie.
"This movie is very low quality." I wasn't much of a fan of the
original "From Dusk Till Dawn". Despite the involvement of some very
talented people, the result was a combination of two films that did not
fit together. The first half was a clichéd getaway flick, the second is
nothing more than an extended barroom fight scene that does nothing for
the vampire genre. As for "Texas Blood Money", I was even more
"Are you trying to cornhole me? Get back!" While the story is a lot better than that of the original, what kills the film is the direction. Scott Spiegel shoves in a whole heap of really silly camera angles. We get shots from inside tequila bottles, pools of blood, the point-of-view of a man doing push-ups, inside skulls, even from a sliced open neck. These shots are not only silly, they are very distracting. And there's a lot of them, more than 70 of them to be precise.
"What in the hell are vampires doing robbing a bank?" Besides the weird shots, the script is poorly written. Characters become vampires within seconds of being bitten. There are a couple of really dumb scenes, the first being the two lawyers being attacked by bats, (I cannot believe that bats can cut through an elevator cable in seconds) & one where the bank robbers talk about porn flicks, which fails miserably. Then there's the cross thing "I just dropped in for a quick bite." The really stupid thing about this film isn't the crappy script or the cheesy effects, it's the vampires themselves, specifically the way they react to anything even vaguely cross-shaped. While it is not as bad as the shotgun-baseball bat crucifix in the first film, TBM throws up several crappy crosses: the handle on the vault, a pair of sticks & the red cross painted on the back of an ambulance. It is things like this that ruin what could have been a decent horror film. Saying that, the showdown at the end makes for pretty good carnage.
After seeing From Dusk Till Dawn, I had to see the sequel. Praying that it was as good as the original, I was poorly disappointed. This film stands alone from the first in the worst way possible. The bar from the original is now rebuilt, and looks completely different, and it's only shown for maybe a minute. Some scenes, involving some vampires (in the forms of bats) were the worst i've ever seen in a film. The amazing blend of story and amazing action from the first FDTD is completely absent here. The characters here are completely 2-dimensional, and all they do is try to swear in clever ways, which is more disturbing than fun. The only really enjoyable part of this entire movie was seeing Bruce Campbell in a funny little scene near the beginning. Watching this movie may actually RUIN the way you think about the original. Stay away unless you haven't seen the first, and still, it might be a massive waste of your time. Head to the 3rd From Dusk Till Dawn instead. it's actually fun.
A sequel that boasts none of the wit, originality or quality performances of the original. Don't watch this ever even if you're bored or want to see it out of curiosity.
From dusk till Dawn is a great movie, and with this sequel I thought it
would be at least good as well. But the movie wasn't even close.
Where in part 1 the switch in genre from action to horror is successfully made, there isn't any switch at all in part 2!
Part 2 is to me a very bad horror movie. It's nothing compared to part 1.
Whenever you want to WASTE your money and 90 minutes of your life, go watch this piece of "comedy". If you expected to see anything better or at least interesting after the "From Dusk 'till Dawn (1)" you're WAY wrong!!! Some criminals come out with a plan to steal money from a mexican bank, however, their leader is attacked by a couple of blood suckers, and he begins to spread the "disease" among his companions, without forgetting the idea of stealing the dollars from this bank. Now, why would a vampire need cash? Besides, the special effects are far from acceptable. If you rent this movie, please watch it with some friends, you'll have tons of fun criticizing this so called "movie".
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