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From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999)

DVD Cover (Echo Bridge Entertainment)
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From Dusk Till Dawn
> From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
> From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood... (1999)
Genres:
Crime, Crime Thriller, Horror, Horror Comedy, Vampire Film
Director:
Scott Spiegel Scott Spiegel
Starring:
Robert Patrick Robert Patrick
Bo Hopkins Bo Hopkins
Duane Whitaker Duane Whitaker
Muse Watson Muse Watson
Brett Harrelson Brett Harrelson

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Review by Chad
Added: December 06, 2011
From Dusk Till Dawn was one of those rare "perfect" films. It was an excellent horror movie, it was one of the best vampire movies of all time, and it was just an all-around amazing movie. Seriously, there was absolutely nothing wrong with it, and thus, the inevitable sequel was bound to happen. Of course, it was a direct-to-video sequel shot on a shoestring budget with b-list actors, but still: it could have been good, right? That's what I was hoping when I popped it in.

We begin with two lawyers (Bruce Campbell and Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) in an elevator, when something goes wrong and the elevator gets stuck. Bruce pops his head up into the elevator shaft to take a look, and he is promptly attacked by hundreds of blood-thirsty bats. He and Tiffani are both quickly torn to pieces, and that is the end of their cameo appearances. What, you thought that "Bruce Campbell" being plastered on the DVD cover meant that he was starring in this?

We then kick on over to the "real" movie, which finds Buck (Robert Patrick), a down-on-his-luck criminal, wrangling up a group of buddies to head down to Mexico and rob a bank. You see, his friend Luther (Duane Whitaker) has just broken out of jail, and he has one hell of a plan to get everybody rich. Buck gathers together C.W. (Muse Watson), a cowboy with a knack for picking locks, Jesus (Raymond Cruz), a strong-arm character with a bad attitude, and Ray Bob (Brett Harrelson), a good-for-nothing security guard who is there to... well, what do security guards usually do? Not a damned thing.

So, the gang - minus Luther - winds up in a seedy Mexican hotel awaiting Luther's arrival. What happened to the man of the hour? Well, it turns out that he ran his jeep into a "big fucking bat", and said bat was actually a vampire. Said vampire was a good buddy of another vampire that you may remember from the first movie (Danny Trejo), and neither one of them are too happy about this turn of events. Thus, Luther quickly becomes a blood-sucker, but just because he now craves human blood and can't stand to see the sun doesn't mean that he doesn't still need money. The bank robbery plan is still in full effect, but as the hours tick by, Luther starts to turn a few of their numbers... and they turn a few people... and before you know it, there's only one or two actual humans left.

This sequel takes a lot of cues from the first film, and in fact, it's almost a carbon copy of it in a lot of ways. The first half is once again devoted to building up the characters, while the second half consists of the inevitable human versus vampire struggle (add in a lot of Mexican policia to expand upon this aspect). The problem is that none of it is as well done as it was in the previous film. The actors in this film, to their credit, all turn in decent enough performances, but they just don't match up to the guys and gals from the original movie. Robert Patrick is pretty good here, but he is no George Clooney, and you could go down the list and repeat the same for every actor here along with their counterpart from the first movie.

The second thing that I want to discuss is both a positive and a negative, depending on the example at hand. You see, the previous movie was done with tongue firmly in cheek: yes, it was silly, and yes, it was a little campy, but it was still a legit horror movie at its core. This one throws that out the window and just says "Fuck it, let's see how cheesy we can make this." I'll readily admit that I laughed at a few of the jokes and the gags, but some things - such as the power of the cross and the bat forms of the vampires - were just a little too cheesy for my tastes. I don't remember ever seeing a movie where a vampire was rendered powerless by a cross painted on the side of an ambulance, but that happens here.

Still, I can't say that the movie was a complete waste of time, as it did bring a couple of laughs, a handful of nice kill sequences, and a bit of good action towards the end. It is a perfectly acceptable vampire movie if you can lower your standards just a bit, but it is in no way even remotely comparable to the original film. Go into it with that planted firmly in your head, and you might get a little enjoyment out of it. 6/10.
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Crispy #1: Crispy - added 12/11/2011, 05:06 AM
I'm thinking no. To put it into perspective, the best scene involves our collection of bank robbers sitting in the hotel discussing the quality of the porn they're watching. And what was his fascination with filming "through" things? Vampire's feeding, we're inside the mouth looking out. Bucky's talking on the phone, we're looking at him through the spiral wire. C.W.'s opening the safe, we're looking through the dial. The camera is literally spinning around as it's filming his face. I'm surprised that Cruz's sex scene wasn't filmed from inside Maria Checa's vag. 3/10
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