By Chase Agnew (Wenatchee, WA, US)

 

Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino separately are masters of filmmaking and wonderful cinematographers. And together they have made one of the most memorable and fun films in recent memory. I find it funny how different the beginning of the movie is compared to the middle and end. The film centers around two bank robbers who are escaping to Mexico after a bank robbery. They end up in a bar in El Paso that turns out to be party central for vampires. And this is where the fun really begins.

Highs!

Writing: Perfect dialogue, that’s all I can really say about the writing. Everything is interesting and funny and tense when it needed to be. They must have some formula or maybe they got lucky because there is no out of place dialogue. It’s as if Quentin Tarantino is one of the best writers of recent years! Who would have guessed?

Gore: I love all the shit that did in this movie, I think the gas station opening was perfect and the shootout that followed it was amazing. One of the most memorable scenes for me was when Seth found out that Ritchie had killed their hostage Gloria and the movie kept having quick flashes of the carnage. I wish that the vampires in this movie didn’t have so much green blood but it was necessary to get an R rating. So I guess that makes it okay.

Characters: Every single character is memorable and wonderful, I cared for their wellbeing and I felt genuinely scared for the family that the Gecko Brothers kidnapped. I wanted everyone to make it out alive and live out the rest of their lives, except Ritchie. As much as I love Ritchie he was insane and a piece of shit, which I don’t think is bad at all! He deserved everything that happened to him. My favorite character was Sex Machine, portrayed by the fantastic Tom Savini.

Lows!

Tone Shift: I wish that the movie was consistent in this regard, it either could’ve been a very tense drama the whole time or a horror comedy. I think if it were strictly one or the other it would be one of my favorite movies. That being said this is a really minor nitpick I have and honestly, I don’t think it matters terribly. I just need something bad to say so it makes the review more interesting.

Conclusion

This movie is the perfect blend of comedy and drama, it isn’t one of your typical horrors because when the supernatural stuff starts to happen it isn’t as much scary as it is exciting to watch. I love the characters and plot, and this is one of those movies where I genuinely enjoy the kids and think that they play an integral role in the plot. Because I’m biased I genuinely like to stay away from sequels but this movie has kind of made me want to check out the sequels and the TV series!

You Should: Definitely Watch It!

Rating: 3/5

 

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