WARNING: This movie does not really have anything to do with "From Dusk Till Dawn." The story is completely unrelated. There are no shared characters. Even the vampires aren't really the same.
So anyone expecting a bona fide sequel to the classic horror movie is going to be very disappointed. "From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money" is best appreciated as a movie in its own right -- a black comedy/buddy caper that just so happens to have vampires in it. It's fun whenever it's over-the-top and tongue-in-cheek, and rather tedious when it's serious.
Buck (Robert Patrick) receives a call from his old buddy Luther (Duane Whitaker), who has just escaped from prison. He wants to get the "old gang" back together at a small motel in Mexico, and Buck dutifully rounds up C.W. Niles (Muse Watson), Jesus (Raymond Cruz) and Ray Bob (Brett Harrelson). On their trail is Otis (Bo Hopkins), a Texas ranger searching for Luther.
But when Luther stops off at an oh-so-familiar bar (for about two minutes), he makes the mistake of telling the bartender (Danny Trejo) that he hit a giant bat with his car. Turns out both the bat AND the bartender are vampires. And when Luther finally turns up at the motel, he's rocking a pair of fangs himself -- and he quickly starts turning his old friends into bloodsuckers too.
"From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money" will massively disappoint anyone who expects an actual SEQUEL. This is just an unrelated story that just happens to be set in the same universe -- and if appreciated as a silly buddy-movie with vampires, it's actually pretty entertaining at times. Well, at least when focusing on the buddy parts.
Director Scott Spiegel seems to doing his best Tarantino impression -- rambling conversations, over-the-top gore, and plenty of boobs on display. He's not quite Tarantino, but he injects some lovely black comedy into the story, such as the "Psycho" homage when a woman is attacked in the shower by a vampire bat. It's such a funny take on the classic scene that I pretty much burst out laughing.
And then... the vampire action hits, and the tongue-in-cheek atmosphere dies. It's just a lot of guns firing and vampires running around -- and Spiegel's twisted, fragmented way of shooting the action scenes makes everything really confusing. Ironically, the vampire movie becomes a lot less fun once the vampire action starts.
But it must be admitted, Patrick, Whitaker, Cruz, Harrelson and Watson do a pretty decent job. Nobody's giving their roles a lot of effort, but they are convincing as a bunch of old friends who are comfortable and trusting of each other -- such as in the funny scene where they sit around and discuss whether porn should have a plot.
And yes, there's a scene with Bruce Campbell and Tiffani Thiessen being attacked by vampire bats. Just one scene, but it is freaking awesome.
"From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money" is best appreciated as a movie by itself. It succeeds best when it focuses on the wacky band of thieves, but not so much when the vampires vs. humans fights start.Read more ›
This is a sequel to From Dusk Till Dawn but it could just as easily be set before the first film. This one involves a bank robbery South of the border. The team is put together and they all head for a motel near the target. But one member is a little late and runs afoul of a vampire. As a vampire, he joins the rest of the team and starts converting them to vampires. For some reason they continue with the bank robbery. This is not really explained and is not like the vampire mobsters in Innocent Blood. In the end we have a final showdown when hordes of police arrive including one policeman who has a vendetta against the one thief not to get converted. Some of this action is rather interesting. At one point in the film there is a convenient solar eclipse. This one is odd as it totally blocks out the sun and the corona and then it lasts way too long. It would have been better to leave this one out. Although this one is not quite as good as the original it is a rather good film. The characters are really quite interesting (both good guys and bad guys) and the film wraps up in a satisfying way (even if it has been used in countless films).
I recorded this on TV with my Tivo system because it said it was starring Bruce Campbell. It pissed me off when I found out that the only part with Bruce Campbell is a pointless scene in the beginning with Bruce and and the girl from Saved by the Bell. It was also directed by Sam Raimi afiliate Scott Spiegel. I liked the ideas with the camera movement and the scene near the end with the mustard gas and the main character with a cross. Over-all this is a pretty good movie. If it had some better writing and a higher budget it probably would have been better but I guess not. Buy it so you can support these guys.
Being a teenager and a boy I like my horror movies. This one is an okay vampire movie. The person that caught my eye was Raymond Cruz, he is so hot. Look at his muscles and that hot bad boy face. The scene with him and the girl in the hotel room was the best part of the movie. Don't miss the rear view that we get to see of both of them.
Why are you guys trashing this? Sure it lacks all the suspense of other scary movies, but is VERY fun and action-packed! The best part in my opinion was the final showdown between the police and the bank robbers. (it REALLY blows a Swarzeneggar/Stallone movie out of the water!) If you're looking for something to do on a dull, rainy day, be sure to see this! It's the best I have seen of Vampire films! ^_^
Although I am a big fan of vampire movies, this was pretty sad. I say this because the first "Dusk Till Dawn" was very entertaining, both funny and sick. This sequel is neither funny or really that sick. I gave it three stars anyway, just because it is a vampire movie. Rent it first, then if you like it make your mind up as to buy it or not.
I really enjoyed this movie. A bank robber hits a bat while driving down the road. He arrives at the bar and we see the old vampire from the 1st. After he tells the old man what happened they go looking for the bat. As the stop along the road the old man finds the bat now as the vamp. The crook jokes about it and the old man bites him. Now the other crooks are in a hotel and their buddy shows up and they think everythings normal.... Well one by one they turn into vamps except one played by Robert Patrick. I am not going to spoil the rest but if you like hard hitting action and guns you dont want to miss the ending of this movie. Heads go flying and guns are shooting!!!