If you like action, crime and vampires you might be in luck. Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez is bringing his cult film From Dusk till Dawn to the small screen, and it’s premiering on his newly unveiled cable channel The El Rey Network.
The original film was written by Quentin Tarantino as a surprise mix of crime and horror. Brothers Seth and Ritchie Gecko are on the run from the law, having just committed a bank robbery. They kidnap a father and his two children and force them across the border to a strip club, where they’re supposed to meet a contact at dawn that can get them out of trouble. Unfortunately for the star-crossed travelers, the club is a front for a gang of vampires that feed on unsuspecting truckers. From Dusk till Dawn is filled with over the top action, goofy horror and an ending that remains one of the most creative I’ve ever seen* This film was followed by two direct to DVD follow ups: From Dusk till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money and From Dusk till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter. The Gecko brothers also made minor cameo appearances in another direct to DVD film, Curdled.
The new series will expand upon the original film, following the Geckos as they elude justice and discover vampires, featuring D.J. Cotrona as Seth Gecko, Zane Holtz as Richie Gecko, Robert Patrick as former Reverend Jacob Fuller, Eliza Gonzalez as vampiress, Santanico Pandemonium and Don Johnson as Rodriguez/Tarantino stalwart, Sheriff Earl McGraw. The makeup effects will also be overseen by Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead, The Mist, Grindhouse and Masters of Horror).
I really enjoyed the mix of vampires and Southwest culture in the original film; we hadn’t really seen anything like that before, with the exception of Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark. Entertainment Weekly posted a new teaser and poster for the series yesterday. It looks like From Dusk till Dawn The Series will make vampires monstrous again. Check it out March 11th on El Rey.
*The pan out to reveal the strip club is actually the top level of an Aztec temple was brilliant, and I hope we see more of that.