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From Dusk Till Dawn 2 Texas Bl

Robert Patrick , Bo Hopkins , Scott Spiegel    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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B-movie mavens turned A-list genre fiends Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino teamed up in 1996 to take vampire gothic south of the border into spaghetti Western territory for the gory cult film From Dusk Till Dawn. The high-concept mix of southwestern criminals versus supernatural nasties proved too irresistible for either of the video-hound creators to allow it to remain dead (or undead, as the case may be), so they plotted and produced a pair of direct-to-video sequels. Tarantino takes a story credit on the first, a heist film coscripted and directed by Scott Speigel. A Mexican bank robbery helmed by drawling criminal Robert Patrick (Terminator 2) turns into a literal bloodbath when his crew are turned into hungry bloodsuckers. Speigel, a buddy of Sam Raimi, tops both Tarantino and Rodriguez for sheer cinematic acrobatics, putting his camera in the most absurd places (even from inside the mouth of a vampire chomping down on a victim) and driving the film with adrenaline-charged overkill, but despite some clever scenes and a hilarious Psycho spoof, it turns into another aggressively trashy latex-mask and rubber-bat gorefest as cops and robbers team up against the fanged gang. Bo Hopkins costars as the police detective dogging Patrick's trail. Bruce Campbell and Tiffani-Amber Thiessen make cameos in the jokey opening sequence and Speigel and fellow director Kevin Smith briefly appear as vampire bait. Bartender Danny Trejo is the only returning cast member. --Sean Axmaker

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4.0 out of 5 stars Vampire Bank Robbers March 29 2004
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).
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4.0 out of 5 stars ok July 29 2003
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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars OH SO VERY, VERY LAME! June 3 2002
Here's a few tips I gleaned from watching "FDTD 2" that I think should be born in mind by EVERY aspiring filmmaker:
1. Just because a camera angle or tricky move seems cool at the time does not mean you should actually use it. As soon as I saw the scene in this film shot from a rotating fan's point of view I knew I was in trouble. Take the time to make sure that camera placement and shot composition actually mean something and add something to the scene. If you can't come up with a good bit of justification, please just leave the damn camera alone.
2. When making a sequel it is advisable to actually bring something new to the story. Otherwise you are simply a hack marking time. As Joe Bob Briggs once said in regard to the first three "Friday the Thirteenth" films, "They made the same movie three times." "FDTD 2" played like a direct-to-video knock-off of the original. The plot was virtually the same with its gang of hoods running headlong into some real evil and getting caught with their pants down. Here's hoping the third entry in the series actually has something new to say.
3. Robert Patrick cannot carry a whole film by himself. I realize this is sure to fly in the face of every X-File-iac and James Cameron obsessed fan on the planet, but the man is a younger poorer man's version of Lance Henricksen and nothing more. Here his acting his negligible, his charm nonexistent and his part poorly written. Doomed from the start if you ask me.
4. In conclusion let me just say that if you intend to make a horror film you really do owe it to your audience to give them a few thrills along the way. This does not necessarily equate to dumping bucket after bucket of fluids and offal all over the characters. Rather, it means building an atmosphere of genuine tension and dread and setting the story's machinations a flying. If need be, watch "Texas Chainsaw", "Phantasm", "Dawn of the Dead" and the original cut of "The Exorcist" until it starts to sink in.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mmmmmmm......... July 23 2001
There are plenty of reasons why this movie sucks, but I'll concentrate on the two most impotant ones. Firstly, sequels to movies like "From Dusk Till Dawn" shouldn't be done, everybody knows they will never be as good as first ones, and FDTD 1 didn't allow a sequel with the same characters so you previously know this sequel has nothing to do with with the first one. Secondly, the Tarantino factor. Quent Tarantino had nothing to do with this movie (he didn't write, nor directed it, he didn't even make one of his classic "little appearences"), so don't expect his wicked twists, dark screenplays, ironic situations and the Kubrickian effects..., although it seems Rodriguez has learnt something of him trough this years and for little moments he hits the spot, that's the reason why I'm giving 2 stars to this sequel (1,5 would be more apropiate). I hope Rodriguez starts aiming a little higher.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun waste of time. Jan. 23 2000
This one is not serious, not for a bit. There's gory slaugther, there are cool characters and there's not even a little tiny piece of a story that isn't forgotten after half the movie.
Still I liked it. I liked the wacky camerawork that reminds me of Sam Raimi (Evil Dead) when he is in his most playful mood. I liked the actors interaction (before they became vampires) and I liked the ending scene.
What I didn't like was the second half of the movie where there was only fighting, and not interesting fighting. Four criminal vampires just slaughtering polices can be fun for a bit, but not for too long. If you want a stupid movie with high budget where crazy vampires tries to kill other people with no thought of consequences or really no thoughts at all, this is a film for you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Old friends reunited
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. Read more
Published 7 months ago by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Raymond Cruz
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Horror "B" movie!
Why are you guys trashing this? Sure it lacks all the suspense of other scary movies, but is VERY fun and action-packed! Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Even Close
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2003 by Sean Doerflinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampires + Bank Robbers + Guns = Great Movie!
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. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2002 by David Barrett
2.0 out of 5 stars Mostly standard direct-to-video sequel...
This film has its moments, but it is otherwise a lost sequel to the awesome original from Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarentino. Read more
Published on Dec 6 2002 by L. Varnau
2.0 out of 5 stars 3rd part is better!!
not a good story - just a massacre!
but watch part 3 - thats on my point of view the best of the fdtd-trioligy!
Published on July 12 2002 by Martin Ploberger
2.0 out of 5 stars a fair sequel
This movie has some flaws. The plot is somewhat weak, the settings are different, Robert Patrick's role is not very entertaining, and this is not a continuation of the first film. Read more
Published on June 29 2002 by Movie Dude
5.0 out of 5 stars A great flick
This was just as good as the first,excellent cast,how can so many people bad mouth this?
Published on May 29 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars How can anyone not like this.
This film is totally brilliant. I am a huge fan of the original and this isn't as good but sequels never are. This one gives a great effort not to be as serious as the original. Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2001
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