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This film has essentially nothing in common with the original. Barely a B flick it was done on a shoestring budget.This would not have been fatal as the original was not exactly Waterworld but this script could have been written by a 12 year old, and in about 1 day. Shame on the creators of this dog. Assuming the goal is to make a profit from the film why did they not make any effort with the storyline? If you only have a week to shoot because it is direct to video that doesn't mean you can't find a writer to put some life into it beforehand. Take a look at Evil Dead 2 for an example of quirky low budget material that is still making money.
The original was a pretty "bad" movie, but it had a style that made it worth watching. This sequel was junk, plain and simple. Annoying camera angles (inside the vampire's mouth cam, inside the skull cam, etc). The sad thing is that Bruce Campbell and Tiffany Amber-Thiessen were listed top on the list of actors and showed up for a total of 5 minutes! Save your money and don't rent this movie.
Luther who wants to get the old gang back together and arranges to meet
Buck at the El Coyote in Mexico. Buck starts rounding up the old team
which consists of C.W. Niles (Muse Watson), Jesus Draven (Raymond Cruz)
and Ray Bob (Brett Harrelson).
Bilge Ebiri of Entertainment Weekly rated it D- and wrote, "Without the genre-bending goofiness and engaging characters of the first Dusk, all that's left is cheap splatter effects and clichéd Western/horror homages." Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club called it "a gigantic waste of everyone's time, money, and energy." Youssef Kdiry of DVD Talk rated the film 4/5 stars and wrote, "I really enjoyed this movie. It was violent, sexy and politically-incorrect." I love the vast difference of opinion. And it is warranted, because on its surface this is not a very good movie. It certainly is nothing compared to the original. But you have to give it credit for keeping everything light and fun, and for the myriad of guest stars from Bruce Campbell to Robert Patrick and beyond. Even Tiffani Theissen? Geez. Much more fun today (2016) looking at this in retrospect.
Robert Patrick Week: Day 6
From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money is shamelessly grimy B-movie trash. The first Dusk Till Dawn flick is a chaotic horror classic, and this one takes certain ingredients from it and attempts to give it its own hard boiled heist flavour, to a certain degree of success. It's less crazy than the first, less of a horror, and unfortunately not as good a movie. It doesn't deserve the critical beatdown it's got though, and is still a rambunctious bundle of late night cable TV fun. Robert Patrick scruffily portrays Texas career criminal Buck, who gets himself a rag tag posse together to rob a backroad casino and make off with a bunch of loot. Only problem is, Razor Charlie, a straggler from the events of the first film, is hitch hiking along the highway, and turns their world upside down. We never actually see any action take place in the infamous, amusingly named Titty Twister bar, but rather a bunch of shoot em up carnage alongside dusty highways and dingy motel rooms. Hot on Buck's trail is Sheriff Otis Lawson (Bo Hopkins) who aims to bust his crew for good. Buck's crew consists of several welcome character actors including Duane Whitaker, Brett Harrelson, Muse Watson and Raymond Cruz as the grumpiest Cholo in the state. Watch out for neat little cameos from Tiffani Thiessen and Bruce Campbell as well. A healthy helping of gore, some cracking little shootouts help this one to be an albeit inferior sequel that's still enjoyable and commendable for not being a lifeless retread. Fun stuff.
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.
If you've read the 'Evil Dead companion' or 'If Chins could kill' you'll
know what kind of guy Scott Speigel is. I watched Army of Darkness the other
day, the bootleg edition, with the commentary on and was belly laughing when
two topless slave girls wander on to the screen and Bruce recounts the story
of how they got into the movie.
Apparently it was all Scott's idea; he steamrollered the idea past them when they weren't paying attention. Next day when Bruce arrived at the office he was stunned to find hundreds of girls lined up waiting to show Scott their boobs for the chance to get on the screen topless for maybe 2 or 3 seconds. That's the kind of guy Scott Speigel is and I like him.
And, let's face it, that's how come Bruce Campbell's in this movie - they go way back.
Oh yeah - the film - well, it's good in a Scott Speigel kind of way. Not as much fun as the Intruder (which is well worth getting if you're a Deadite fan, oh yeah) but still a good laugh a using loads of Spiegel's trade mark POV shots.
Alot of people are going to disagree though - the people i was watching this with, for example, all thought it sucked. Fair enough, but sometimes people take movies too seriously. If you like trashy B-movies, you'll like this.
If you don't you won't. Oh, and don't expect anything like the first one, it's a totally different kettle of fish. Much cheaper, much cheesier, muchos muchos muchos.
I think you already know whether you'll like this flick or not...
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