1999 / Director. Scott Spiegel.
To get the max out of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 2 means that you've got to put the first film out of mind. Everyone knows how awesome the original was and it stands well on it's own. Well the same can be said about TEXAS BLOOD MONEY. Over the years it has been harshly judged and unfairly compared against the first... yet it stands up really well in it's own right. In fact I'll go so far as to call it one of my favourite vampire movies. Aside from Danny Trejo's character, the Titty Twister bar and brief mention of the Gecko Brothers - FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 2 has little in common with the previous movie. It tells the story of a band of criminals who've come together to stage a heist. When one of them strays into the vampire's den, he's soon turned into a creature of the night. One by one each member of the team falls... you know, it's classic formula. Clearly that's not where the movie's strength lays and what makes this a cut above the rest is it's audacious style. It's unlike any film I've seen, as director Scott Spiegel treats it like a big experimental film. Almost every camera angle is from a different point of view... from fang-cam to push-up cam... and even a trippy shot from a pedestal fan's point of view. The entire film is insane and watching it sober is enough of a mind-fuck, I couldn't imagine looking at it when wasted. Gauging from various cult forums it seems that FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 2 is beginning to gain traction and is earning a loyal fanbase. I think it deserves one. One of the common criticisms the movie attracted when it was released was that it's little more than a blatant cash-grab. Well yes and no. The truth is that both Tarantino and Rodriguez championed to get this made. It's their support that allowed the movie's story to be so daring, not to mention the fact that Scott Spiegel was hired to direct. Any Tarantino fan will know that Spiegel was instrumental in Tarantino's success. Robert Rodriguez even returned to personally write the second sequel/prequel (to be reviewed soon). Harvey Weinstein (head of Miramax at the time) even declared TEXAS BLOOD MONEY to be the company's favourite direct-to-video release of the year). So my advice to naysayers is to give FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 2 another chance. Watch it generously and give it the attention is deserves, rather than the comparison that stifles it. Its a wicked fun ride and never lets up! Underrated & undervalued - I Love it!