Hey TV.com Should I Watch Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series?


Someone ought to make a television show about vampires. Hear me out: I mean for one, it’s never been done before. I know that sounds crazy, but surely audiences would respond, at least to the novelty aspect, you know? Thankfully, ONE person is ahead of the curve, and that man’s name is Oprah Robert Rodriguez. His new television network El Rey has been in the works for a minute now, with its first original series being the new Western-Crime-Horror mash-up From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. But is this addition to the supernatural television landscape worth checking out, or just another set of pointless fangs with no bite? Read on to find out!


From Dusk Till Dawn... wasn’t that a feature film from before Netflix times?

Yeah! The movie, which was written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Rodriguez, came out in 1996; it later spawned two direct-to-DVD sequels, a video game, and some comics which further developed the world that was first established in the film. El Rey's take is sort of a rehashing of the original tale, using a ten-episode format to expand on the mythology and characters from the first go-round. So with From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series that means basically fleshing out the story of two bank-robbing brothers who kidnap a family while on the run to Mexico, and the Texas Ranger tasked with bringing them to justice. If you remember the movie, you already know that there’s also a strip club full of ne’er-do-wells, plus vampires with Mesoamerican roots. The pilot sets most of this into motion, minus the kidnapped family, by putting the criminal Gecko brothers in a liquor store standoff with two Texas Rangers. One brother has weird visions of an ancient snake-vampire-witch, and by the end of it all, you understand how this cat-and-mouse game between authorities and scofflaws is going to involve supernatural hurdles. SEXY, supernatural hurdles.  


Who created the series, and who stars in it?

As mentioned above, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series is based on Rodriguez's 1996 film of the same name; Rodriguez himself has adapted the story for television with help from showrunner Carlos Coto (Nikita, 24). Since gore matters here, special effects makeup wizard Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) is also along for the ride. Face-wise, there are actors new and old: Don Johnson (Eastbound and Down) and Jesse Garcia comprise the show's law enforcement contingent, as Texas Rangers Earl McGraw and Freddie Gonzalez, respectively. D.J. Cotrona (Detroit 1-8-7) plays bank robber Seth Gecko; Seth is the more level-headed brother of Zane Holtz's (Make It or Break It) nutcase Richie Gecko. Robert Patrick (True Blood) continues his grizzled streak as former pastor Jacob Fuller and father to Madison Davenport's (Save Me) Kate and Brandon Soo Hoo's (Supah Ninjas, Incredible Crew) Scott. Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights) will take on a newly created role as a woman from Seth’s past and likely love interest for him. Filling out the criminal/eccentric/monster element are Wilmer Valderrama (That '70s ShowAwake) as a drug kingpin, Jake Busey (Good Vibes) as an expert on Mesoamerican mythology, and Eiza Gonzalez as vampire queen Santanico Pandemonium. 



When will we see the dawn of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series?

The show debuts on Tuesday, March 11 at 9pm on the brand-new El Rey network, which may or may not be part of your cable package. Outside the United States, episodes will be available exclusively on Netflix


Who might like From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series?

Fans of cool monster gore, gratuitous action, and B-movie one-liners. The goal here is scary fun, taken just seriously enough to keep the parts moving. Overall, this world’s kind of like Burn Notice plus Supernatural mixed with a gritty Texan backdrop and the kind of Saturday-afternoon films that’d keep you entertained through a whole sixer of Tecate.     


What kicks ass about From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series?

If you're familiar with the work of Rodriguez and his creative cohorts, then you know the dude’s not afraid to be cheesy, sexy, and melodramatic all at once. But he’s also not generic either, which is saying a lot these days. There’s an art to crafting good action, and From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series displays an appropriate level of care. Thankfully, the show's vampires are more monsters to fight than super-humans to love, and who doesn’t enjoy Aztec magic as a thing? Finally, the story is confined to only 10 installments, which keeps the pace up while giving individual characters a fair division of screen time and insuring multiple angles on the premise. 



What sucks about From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series?

Look, nothing’s outright bad, but the show might test the nerves of viewers with a low tolerance for quips and heavy-handed banter. Occasionally the wordplay feels too singular coming out of different characters, like they’re all thinking from the same brain. Also, Seth (one of the brothers) still has that silly Caesar haircut from the '90s. But hey, this is pure genre fare here, and it honors the staples of action and horror.  


So, should I watch it?

Yes! It’s cool, it looks good, and most importantly, it entertains.


Can I please see a trailer?

For sure bro here let me get that for you:




From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series debuts Tuesday, March 11 at 9pm on El Rey.


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Mar 15, 2014
I love this show already! Please, get it renewed! :)
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Mar 14, 2014
Loved the film, but turning it into a series seems like a stretch...besides, Salmita Hayek will be the one and only Santanico Pandemonium as far as I'm concerned.

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Mar 14, 2014
I watched the first episode and I like it already. Over the top violence with a bizar twist :-). The dialogue reminded me a bit of 'Justified'.
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Mar 12, 2014
I just watched the pilot. It has some good parts but most of it seems like dragging a 90 mins movie into 10 hours. It is not even close to half as good as Banshee. There were no sexy vampires either so I might just give it 1 more episode.
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Mar 11, 2014
Loved the movie.

Since I stopped watching The Walking Dead, Supernatural, Being Human, Helix for reasons, I have been needing my monster gore fix. This looks like it'll do. Only 10 eps. I like it.

30 Days of Night needs to be a tv show. That was also great.
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Mar 11, 2014
I remember Selma Hayek in that movie. :)
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Mar 11, 2014
EVERYBODY remembers Salma Hayek in that movie!
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Mar 12, 2014
I fondly remember Salma Hayek´s feet in that movie...
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Mar 11, 2014
Didn't like the movie so I'll pass.
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Mar 11, 2014
I hope it's entertaining at least.
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Mar 11, 2014
I'll give it a try
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Mar 11, 2014
Vampires who are strictly killers and not love interests... no way... LOL
Now I do not know if I will really check this show out, but good or sexy vampires who avoid killing or changing people is just wrong. Vampires are evil and need only one thing from people, a stake through the heart, especially those twilight ones.
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Mar 11, 2014
Yes it seems entertaining but already to much to watch and not enough time to do it.
I'll pass then but I can't check it in your boxes 'cause in don't think that it is sucky!!
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Mar 11, 2014
Definitely watching it! I have fond memories of the original From Dusk till Dawn movie, heck, I even remember the name of the strip club that was in all 3 movies.
Probably one of my first horror movies that wasn't a Christopher Lee classic. :P
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Mar 10, 2014
Is the witch doctor above, or whatever he is, the bastard child of Pee Wee Herman - because he looks as scary?!
A tight 10 episode run. Ahuh. Never heard that before.
I bet Danny Trejo (amongst others) have cameo/guest spots. But then it won't matter as I refuse to watch yet another we've run out of ideas let's make X a series.
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Mar 10, 2014
So does each episode on Netflix air when it airs on tv or is it delayed? If so how long? A day would be fine, a week would be excessive but not outside the realm of possibility so I'll just watch it online somewhere if it's too inconvenient on netflix.
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Mar 11, 2014
Since Netflix typically releases seasons all at once, I would suspect that once the entire season has aired on El Rey, that it will then be released in entirety on Netflix. So if you want to watch it before then you'll prb have to find it online week by week.
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Mar 10, 2014
There's no way this will be any good. The original was only okay yet the Tarantino component was clearly the best part of the movie. The dialogue in the opening scene was tremendous and the casting of Tarantino regulars (Keitel, Lewis, Tarantino himself), plus actors on the cusp on super stardom (Clooney, Hayek) managed to elevate what otherwise might have been awful. The other good thing about the original was that it didn't run for 10 hours.

With all of those elements missing from the tv show it cannot fail to disappoint. And it will drag out the story to 10 hours. Since the movie had little to no plot this will be a major problem, regardless of how many new colourful characters they add. Unfortunately this show appears to be further evidence that Rodriguez isn't interested in new ideas anymore - you'd think after Sin City he could have done some really interesting tings. The only question for me is do I check out this show at all for the sake of latent respect for Rodriguez. I haven't decided yet.
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Mar 12, 2014
I think he would have fared better if he made Sin City instead into a TV Show but I guess making a sin city part two movie would made more money.
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Mar 12, 2014
Hate to be THAT GUY but tell me, how do you figure Juliette Lewis is a "Tarantino regular?" And please do not mention Natural Born Killers because that is NOT a Tarantino movie. The screenplay is loosely based on something
QT wrote. The rest is Oliver Stone's shitty vision of how American culture reveres celebrities, regardless of the reason they are famous.
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Mar 12, 2014
Close enough?
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Mar 10, 2014
To offer a counterpoint, I expect it to be good in the sense that I expect it to be entertaining. That's all it needs to be good...& since I'm not going out of my way to over complicate it by disliking it sight unseen, I simply plan on having the tequila to my right, a fully loaded bowl to my left, & having a fun time during the runtime.
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Mar 11, 2014
I hope it's enjoyable for you, the tequila should help :p
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Mar 10, 2014
Count me in.
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Mar 10, 2014
My only question is: will they visit the Titty Twister?
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Mar 11, 2014
It won't be From Dusk till Dawn until they do!
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Mar 10, 2014
Do you really think they'd miss out on that? It oughtta be: how long will it take them to visit the Titty Twister;-) So we know when to tune in...
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Mar 10, 2014
If it is half as good as Banshee, I am in ! It just reminds me of Banshee.

The last time I heard of Don Johnson was from Miami Vice. I do not remember seeing him on TV after that.

I am very glad Greg Nicotero is doing the make-up. He is very good with his work on TWD.

I am just bump that Quentin is not involved in any way.
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Mar 10, 2014
Nash Bridges!
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Mar 10, 2014
I did not watch that so...
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Mar 11, 2014
"I watched Miami Vice when I was a kid (still old) and I did not understand half of what was happening. I always knew they were drugs, guns and two very cool looking dudes with trendy clothes. It was THE show to follow then."
LOL, sounds a lot like my experience - I think I was 10 at most when I watched it, but yeah, it had all the cool stuff.
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Mar 11, 2014
Also: thanks Marburg66, at least I'm not alone!
(I can't reply to you directly, guess you can reply to a reply to a reply only so often before the site says "enough of this!") XD
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Mar 11, 2014
Neither did I, so was right there with you, going "Why on earth wouldn't they say Miami Vice? Am I THAT old already that I'm the only one remembering it."
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Mar 11, 2014
I watched Miami Vice when I was a kid (still old) and I did not understand half of what was happening. I always knew they were drugs, guns and two very cool looking dudes with trendy clothes. It was THE show to follow then.
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Mar 11, 2014
I feel you're pain. You're not the only one who remembers it, but yes. You are THAT old already! :P
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Mar 10, 2014
You beat me to it! Nash Bridges FTW.
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