Is From Dusk Til Dawn Worth a Damn?

Posted by David Konow

Last year, it was announced that Robert Rodriguez was doing a series version of From Dusk Til Dawn, and while the movie was pretty lame, it actually has potential for a series. We also like the fact that it’s being aimed straight at the Latin market by being on the El Rey network, which was launched by Rodriguez himself. (Rodriguez also wrote and directed the pilot episode.)

So is it any good? The L.A. Times wrote, “If you like this sort of thing, this is just the sort of thing you’ll like…Rodriguez expands the story and character development and preserves the cheap thrills of his 1996 crime-vampire film.” 
Variety wasn’t that impressed, writing “the results of stretching it out to 10-plus episodes, can’t help but seem pompous and flabby….While the press notes say the more expansive format will allow the series to deepen the tone and explore ‘the Mesoamerican mythology behind the creatures inside the club,’ this is From Dusk Till Dawn, for heaven’s sake, not Gone with the Wind.” 
The San Francisco Chronicle also wrote that the show was “incisive,” a fang pun of course, the but “script lacks bite.” (Ditto.) 
Genre TV’s back big time these days, so we’ll see if From Dusk Til Dawn can win the ratings game and compete with shows like Sleepy Hollow and Under the Dome, or if it will become forgotten junk like Hemlock Grove.