Posted on Thursday, August 30th, 2018 by Rob Hunter
(Welcome to DTV Descent, a series that explores the weird and wild world of direct-to-video sequels to theatrically released movies. In this edition, we bite down hard on two sequels to Robert Rodriguez’s vampire/crime genre mash-up From Dusk Till Dawn.)
The ’90s were a wild time in Hollywood, and few production companies embodied that like Miramax. There were far bigger crimes going on behind their walls, from assault to the intentional buying and burying of foreign films, but their Dimension label also made a lucrative business out of sequelizing horror movies that really didn’t need a sequel. Children of the Corn, The Crow, Mimic, The Prophecy, and more all became franchises thanks to underwhelming follow-ups that almost exclusively went straight to video. We’ll get to those eventually, but this week’s DTV Descent is about to get busy with some vampires.
Keep reading for a look at the two sequels – okay fine, one’s a prequel, but let’s not get stuck on the details – to Robert Rodriguez’s 1996 action/horror/comedy From Dusk Till Dawn. Do either of them explain why the heroes on the posters are always left-handed? Does Danny Trejo play the same character in all three films? And most importantly, is it true – in a startling break with this column’s track record – that one of these movies is actually pretty damn good?!
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There’s no month quite like January on the movie release calendar. It’s the worst. January is a month to catch up on the awards contenders released in the weeks prior and for studios to drop all their wide releases they have no idea what to do with. The reasoning is simple. There are no major vacations for one. And two, if a movie is really good, the studio would’ve either released it earlier over the holidays, or will hold it until the summer.
Basically, if a movie comes out in January, most of the time you know it’s going to stink. Over the past few years, however, the early calendar-dump months have been getting slightly more competitive. In the near future, we’re going to start getting legitimate blockbusters in March. But that’s a new practice. For the past several decades, January has been a horrible month to release movies.
With that knowledge, we decided to go back through history. Were there any really good movies released in January? The answer is “Yes,” but it’s not as many as you’d think. In fact, in the past 35 years, I found only about 30 films most people would consider “good.” We’ll mention them all below, then dive a bit deeper on the better ones. Below, read about the 15 best January movie releases of the past 35 years. Read More »
Halloween is nearly upon us and the annual Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights have begun to announce some of their high-end haunted mazes. Every year, famous properties get turned into interactive mazes aimed to scare park attendees both in Florida and California and this year, there will be mazes or areas based on An American Werewolf in London, The Walking Dead, From Dusk Till Dawn, Dracula Untold, Alien vs. Predator, Face Off and The Purge Anarchy. Below, we’ll give you info on some of the biggest news surrounding Halloween Horror Nights 2014. Read More »
Robert Rodriguez is taking From Dusk Till Dawn to television with a new series that expands upon his original film (in addition to remaking it), with Zane Holtz and D.J. Cotrona playing as Richie Gecko and Seth Gecko. To promote the show the publicity team is embracing the old-school lobby card concept, with the release of a bunch of new photos dressed up in the old lobby card style. Ours features Holz and Cotrona in a pose that will be very familiar to fans of films by Rodriguez and Dusk Till Dawn co-creator Quentin Tarantino. Check it out below. Read More »
Robert Rodriguez‘s new TV series, From Dusk Till Dawn, flying towards your eyeballs like a bat out of hell. It feels like just days ago when we heard the director would be adapting his 1996 vampire movie into the TV show, and now here we are with the March 11 premiere date on the horizon and a brand new trailer to enjoy.
D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) play Richie and Seth Gecko, two fugitives on the run who kidnap a family and hide out at a seedy strip club. A club that so happens to be crawling with vampires. And yes, that’s exactly the plot of the original film, which was written by Quentin Tarantino. This series supposedly expands the story from the film; Rodriguez has called the movie the short story version and the series a novel.
The 10 episode season premieres March 11 at 9 p.m. on the El Ray Network and you can catch the full trailer below. Read More »
At the end of last week we saw the first official still image from From Dusk Till Dawn — that’s the new TV series that remakes and expands the film by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. Now we’ve got the first trailer for the series, which also comes from Rodriguez. It stars D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz as criminal brothers Seth and Richie Gecko, who run across vampires such as the one above, played by Eiza Gonzalez. (She’s got the role once played by Salma Hayek.)
The show also features Don Johnson, Wilmer Valderrama and Robert Patrick as it presents the “novel version” (in Rodriguez’s words) of the short story originally plotted out in the film. See the trailer below. Read More »
Below is the first still of D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz as Seth and Richie Gecko, in the From Dusk Till Dawn TV series from Robert Rodriguez. The two play the roles originated by George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino in the 1996 film from Rodriguez and Tarantino, but the series isn’t just a remake, says the creator.
Rodriguez calls the film the short story version, and the series the novel. Below, he explains a bit more about what we’ll see, and what’s going on in the image. Read More »
If you’re like me, you have mixed feeling about this upcoming From Dusk Till Dawn TV series. The fact Robert Rodriguez is so involved is intriguing, but previous attempts to extend the vampire story (i.e. – its two direct to video sequels) have landed far below the bar set by the 1996 original. However, with a cast that includes DJ Cotrona, Robert Patrick, Don Johnson and Wilmer Valderama, the show has lots going for it. It also seems Rodriguez is creating the show with an eye towards the fans, as per his latest revelation.
The director took to Twitter to reveal the show actually links with Pulp Fiction, written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, the co-star, writer and producer of the original film. Check it out below. Read More »
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Robert Rodriguez is a prime partner in the new El Rey Network, which is the new “genre-busting cable network” aimed at the Latino audience, and we’ve known that one of the cornerstones of the El Rey programming would be a new From Dusk Till Dawn series. Rodriguez isn’t just producing the series, either; as it goes into production in Austin, TX, the announcement has come that he’s directing the first two hour-long episodes.
The show will remake and expand the movie in ten episodes, with D.J. Cotrona (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) as Seth Gecko, Zane Holtz (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) as Richie Gecko, Jesse Garcia (Sons of Anarchy) as new character Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzalez, and Don Johnson (Django Unchained, Miami Vice) as Sheriff Earl McGraw. Read More »
Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Two brothers walk into a bar with a handful of hostages. Turns out, it’s a vampire bar, and they have to blast their way out. It began as a moderately successful movie, became a cult classic and now it’ll be a TV series.
That’s right. Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino‘s 1996 film From Dusk To Dawn is being adapted for television. It’ll be one of the key shows on the launch of new station co-created by Rodriguez called the El Ray Network, which is owned by Univision. The English language station is set to launch later this year, with both this show and a new action show produced by Rodriguez and Star Trek writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Read More »