James Rolfe: It's Cinemassacre's "Monster Madness". Ever heard of this bar, 'The Titty Twister'? Well, don't go there, it's all vampires.
Seth Gecko: I don't wanna hear anything about "I don't believe in vampires", because I don't fucking believe in vampires, but I believe in my own two eyes, and what I saw, is fucking vampires.
James: "From Dusk Till Dawn" was the first horror movie to combine the brilliant writing and acting of Quentin Tarantino with the creative directing and camerawork of Robert Rodriguez. The movie starts off pretty serious in tone; involves two criminals on the run who takes some hostages and flee to Mexico. When they get there they stop at a bar which turns out it's run by vampires. Up till this point nothing supernatural has occurred. We're halfway into the movie and it has turned into a drive-in horror flick. But that's what makes it cool.
Unfortunately many people hate to be taken by surprise and dislike anything unconventional. This is a movie you're not supposed to take seriously. You just sit back and enjoy. If you can't see the humor in Tom Savini playing a character called Sex Machine with a cock-gun strapped on his crotch, then oh well…
The last half is an epic battle with the undead and a display of awesome special effects. Heads explode, vampires melt, vampires burn, vampires turn into rats, vampires get impaled on a table, a heart gets ripped out and stabbed with a pencil – vampires die in all kinds of ways. They decided that the vampires bleed green because it was easier to pass censorship. The MPAA has no problem with loads of blood, they just hate the color red. It's also interesting to note that the kid doesn't even survive. In fact, as Tarantino says on the commentary, he gets it worse than anybody.
The violence during the vampire-half is exaggerated and fun, while the violence in the first half of the movie shows very little but it's disturbing. It may be for this reason many people feel that the second half ruined it. But the way to think of it is almost like two different films bridged together in the middle by an amazing dance by Salma Hayek. It has no purpose in the story but I don't think anybody complained. "From Dusk Till Dawn" is an important part in our history of horrors for breaking the rules, kicking some ass and referencing the classics.
Scott Fuller: All you gotta do is put two sticks together and you got a cross.
Sex Machine: Yeah, he's right. Peter Cushing does that all the time.
James: 10 years later we saw Robert Rodriguez' "Planet Terror" and Tarantino's "Death Proof" done in the style of 70's exploitation horror movies and released as a double feature entitled "Grindhouse". Both films are now on DVD and prove that these guys know horror. Let's hope they make some more.