Welcome to another edition of Movie Review Monday!
This week's film is 1996's From Dusk Till Dawn, directed by Robert Rodriguez and starring George Clooney (in his first leading role) and Quentin Tarantino with Harvey Keitel, Salma Hayek, and Juliette Lewis.
Wikipedia appropriately describes this movie as a "action black comedy horror thriller", which is a clunky mouthful but accurately captures the unique mash-up of genres in this film. There is a lot going on but it all comes out as a cool movie that does its own thing versus what your typical Hollywood movie typically churns out. I would liken it to something like Shaun of the Dead, which has some great action, zombie effects, and lots of laughs.
I had heard some things about this movie so I knew what to expect with all of the genre mixing. I won't spoil things for you here, but just know it essentially starts out as one movie and then becomes something completely different towards the second half. It all just works and the movie is a lot of fun. The wonderful practical effects in the film are done by industry legend Greg Nicotero (made popular most recently with his stellar work on The Walking Dead).
If you're into horror, action, and Quentin Tarantino/ Robert Rodriguez productions, you owe it to yourself to check this one out as it is a cult classic. You'll have a lot of fun and you won't have to think too much (which is always a good thing every once in a while).
Check out From Dusk Till Dawn streaming right now on Netflix!