THE PLOT THUS FAR
After a bank heist leaves several people dead, brothers Seth and Richie Gecko escape to Mexico, taking a former pastor and his family hostage along the way. With the FBI and Texas Rangers hot on their trail, Seth and Richie use the family’s RV to cross the border. Chaos ensues when they detour to a strip club filled with vampires and are forced to fight until dawn for survival. Featuring episodes directed by Robert Rodriguez (Desperado, Machete Kills) and Eduardo Sánchez (The Blair Witch Project).
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“From Dusk Til Dawn” returns to life with a TV series on the El Rey Network. Basically, it’s a retelling of the story that we all know from the mid 1990s. There are some slight differences to involve the vampires from an early standpoint. I don’t care for that, as it neuters Richie on the psycho scale. I don’t want to like a seemingly depraved bank robber, murderer and serial rapist. Let the scumbags be scumbags.
Robert Rodriguez has a strange way of vampires. It’s like he wants to expose a world myth about them being tied to the developing world and there’s tons of interesting Clive Barker stuff there. Hell, a lot of his vampires look like they could belong in Midian. However, the underdeveloped vampire caste on top of the insane recasting has created something that reads at schizo to people who know the original movie. While there is a need to let every iteration stand on its own, I’d like to see Rodriguez tweak it in the show’s second season.
The Blu-Ray comes with commentary, featurettes, fake commercials and a Q&A from the premiere as the special features. The A/V Quality is astounding for a show that DirecTV only shows in standard definition. The 1080p transfer really pops. Plus, the DTS-HD master audio track kicks things into gear. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!