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  • From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money
    • From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money
    • Runtime:88 min
    • Release Date:2014-10-01 08:15:20
    • Director: Scott Spiegel
    • Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime, Horror, Thriller
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MOVIE REVIEW:From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money
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This sequel had a lot to live up to, but after coming across nothing
more than bad comments and reviews I was surprised I came away thinking
isn't wasn't as awful as it's made out to be. Something faced with
another such film; "Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation". Sure
it doesn't come close the kinetically wild and gory original penned by
Quentin Tarantino and directed by Robert Rodriguez with stars like
George Clooney, Harvey Keitel and Salma Hayek. So how could it compete,
however for a quickly produced, low-budget straight to video effort it
passed the muster for me. I was looking for simple fun… bloody fun…
vampire fun. Get your crosses ready, as it delivered! Again it wasn't
perfect, but it threw you into the chaos, shook you about and then went
all-out for its final showdown (which paid homage to spaghetti
westerns). Its budget kind of shows in some tacky scenes, but the whole
thing went by in no time. It kind of sets up the same formula of the
original by slowly unfolding with trivial dialogue exchanges (however
not as razor sharp as the original) then erratically breaking out, but
this moves the action to a Mexican bank with a heist being planned and
then put in progress. What eventuates is a standoff between the robbers
inside and police outside. But the officers will soon find out these
are no ordinary robbers, and Robert Patrick's character finds himself
stuck right in the middle of it.

The b-cast are spot on with their performances with Patrick quite solid
in the lead with the likes of Duane Whitaker, Raymond Cruz, Muse Watson
and Brett Harrelson as his partners in crime. Bo Hopkins is fittingly
good as the sheriff on their trail and Danny Trejo pops up as one nasty
bloodsucker. Also Bruce Campbell and Tiffani Thiessen appear in nothing
more than mere, but amusing cameos.

Writer / director Scott Spiegel (who brought us the late 80s slasher
"Intruder") paints around his low-rent look with inventively unhinged
camera-work, stylish imagery, electrifying soundtrack and sardonic
humour with a nice sense of irony. It's quite illustrative, as he tries
for the same over-the-top flavour with its plastered jolts and
free-flowing blood. While the mixture doesn't always come off, it's far
from a botch. The make-up FX is decently handled and computer special
effects are never too distracting.

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In all fairness, From dusk to dawn really didn't need a sequel. But hey
seeing that i enjoyed the first one i might as well give this one a go.
Just from the opening you could tell that this film was going to be
less superior than the original. One, the effects of the bats were poor
compared to the first and Two, Bruce Campbell dies. What were left with
is a gang of men planning to pull off the perfect bank robbery in
Mexico. The acting from these men is mediocre at best with the
exception of Robert Patrick who i thought acted pretty well. Compared
to the first two brothers in the first film, these characters are
incredibly one dimensional. You've got one who likes porn, one who Mr
Macho , one who the coward and then the one who the leader.

The first 30 minutes ain't to bad. Sure the characters are wooden but
there aren't to bad to watch. The leader finally reaches Titty Twisters
and what a blast we have in there. He gets a drink from Razor and then
gets a lift from Razor from the club to the motel. Basically this film
has nothing to do with Titty twister ( which is rather small this time
around ). Plus with no mention of time dates, one only has to wonder if
this is a prequel rather than a sequel.

After 40 minutes when the leader has finally reached the motel, we
start to see more of these cheesy effects. Then the go to the bank and
then they have a shoot out and the Robert and the chief have a awkward
interchange of dialogue just before the credits rolls.

The shootout is boring. The effects are laughable, the acting seems to
get worse and just like the shootout itself, the script becomes to get
messy. Nice little effect is the solar eclipse. It was mentioned on the
news at the beginning. Nice bit of foreshadowing. But the thing that
bugged me the most was the constant use of POV and low shots. looking
up from the bottom of the cup, bottom of the barrel, through the eyes
of bats, through the eyes of a skeleton., teeth into neck. there many
more overused shots.

If you expected a sequel that followed closely to the original then you
will be disappointed. Instead you get a cheesy Horror B movie in which
at times if fun but mostly it messy and poor. It deserves the rating it
has on here.

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So, there's this bunch of criminals setting out to rob a bank and then
we get a vampire or two thrown into the mix. Group politics, personal
greed and a timely eclipse all mix together to provide the makings of a
movie that should be fun but that somehow simply manages to highlight
all of it's own failings.

The main featured "name" here is Robert Patrick, so fans of his work
will be pleased to see him, but the rest of the cast features the likes
of Danny Trejo, Raymond Cruz, Duane Whitaker, Bo Hopkins, Muse Watson
and even a fun cameo from Bruce Campbell. Acting- wise, they're not the
best in the world but far from the worst, collectively.

The biggest problem here seems to be the direction from Scott Spiegel
and the way that the whole movie seems to be attempting to be hip in a
way that a child will emulate his older brother while his sibling gets
ready for a big night out. Sadly, this is not endearing or even
entertaining. It's irritating. There's a script that throws in some
random conversations you know were inspired by some Tarantino moments,
quirky camera angles that very quickly outstay their welcome, a
soundtrack that reminds you of much better work from any Robert
Rodriguez movie and some black humour that doesn't really work.

If you liked the first movie then this will be a huge disappointment to
you (although the small thread of continuity is enjoyable to see), if
you disliked the first movie then there really is nothing in this
watered-down, inferior sequel to provide you with any fresh source of
entertainment. Best avoided despite the occasional decent moment of
vampiric fun.

See this if you like: Fright Night Part 2, Vampires, Vampire In
Brooklyn.

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