Monday, February 20, 2012

From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money

Fear 2/5
Gore 4/5
Entertainment 5/5
Creepiness 1/5

I'm dubbing Scott Spiegel (Hostel III) the king of the direct-to-video horror sequel. As a matter of fact, this sequel is just as much zany fun as the original. I had never seen it before until I bought a cheapo quad feature BluRay disc on sale at the local Target for $10. Never has an Alexander Hamilton been better spent.

After a neato false start (featuring a movie within a movie starring Bruce Campbell and Tiffani 'Kelly Kapowski' Thiessen), we are introduced to Buck, a complete low life who's hanging out in a Texas motel with his girlfriend. It's not long before the local five-o comes rapping on the front door, entering the establishment and pestering the heck out of Buck about Luther, a good buddy of his who's just escaped police custody. Buck claims to have no idea about where he is and despite multiple attempts to get him to cough up the whereabouts, the police leave with nary a clue.

Buck soon gets a call from Luther with an offer of a job. Seems that just across the Texas border in Mexico, there's a bank that's keeping a huge some of money with very little security watching it 'round the clock. Along with a handful of other miscreants, they plan to meet up at a motel just across the border. But things get a little side tracked when Buck's buddy drops by the infamous Titty Twister bar seeking a ride after his car breaks down. Luther eventually meets up with the rest of the gang but he's definitely not his usual self.

An insane bloodbath ensues as Luther attacks a roadside harlot who's decided to shack up with his chicano buddy at the motel. A fantastic scene here as he attacks her while she's taking a shower and a Psycho-esque death plays out. El chicano doesn't get out without being turned himself but not before he kills his big breasted bed buddy. He and Luther then meet up with the others and they all head out to the bank to pull off their heist.

The group make their way to El Banco and easily take out the unsuspecting guard. The job becomes a little tougher than they thought when they enter the well-secured bank vault. But that's the least of their worries. The vampire turned friends have it planned to take the money and do their buddies in. However, all of that becomes compromised when La Policia show up and another bloodbath ensues as our gun toting friends and their fang bearing brethren have it out with them.

As you can see, this sequel has just as much of a thin plot as the original. But there are some things here that filmmaker Scott Spiegel does that makes it interesting (similar to the touches he added to the Hostel mythos). There's a neat scene in which the chicano fights off his lady of the night attacker with a bedside bible in his motel room. And the standoff at the end features a solar eclipse that our undead beings have to contend with. Great additions that really add to the overall affair and makes it not just a carbon copy of the original. Oh yeah, and it's fun as hell too.

Cortez the Killer


The Artist Formerly Known as J. Astro said...

agreed!! I always thought FDtD 2 was under-appreciated as a unique approach to re"vamp"ing (see what I did there?) the original material in a fun way without either a pointless do-over or being totally unrelated. Great cast, too - I like Robert Patrick in almost anything.

Jack Thursby said...

Love this flick - deserves a way better reputation than it currently does. Love all the crazy camera angles even though most of them are pilfered from Sam Raimi. But then if you're going to steal someone's style might as well steal from the best.

Planet of Terror said...

@J, Oh you card. Re 'Vamp'? You slay me.

I agree wholeheartedly. I can't see how anyone who's a fan of the original wouldn't be a fan of this one too.

@Jack, indeed. And that opening scene with Bruce Campbell and Tiffani Thiessen DEFINITELY has Raimi's manic inspired genius written all over it. I'm not saying the film itself is Raimi-level classic but it definitely should have more notoriety.