From Dusk Till Dawn

  • Directors: Robert Rodriguez
  • Producers: Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, Lawrence Bender
  • Writers: Story, Robert Kurtzman, Screenplay, Quentin Tarantino
  • Genres: Action, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Quentin Tarantino, Juliette Lewis, Ernest Liu, Fred Williamson, Tom Savini, Cheech Marin, Salma Hayek

Fugitive bank robbers and brothers Seth (George Clooney) and Richie Gecko (Quentin Tarantino) are fleeing the F.B.I. and Texas police. During the first few minutes of the film, they hold up and then destroy a liquor store and kill the clerk, a cop and a witness. They then take a hostage, whom Richie later rapes and murders (offscreen).

The Fuller family — Jacob (Harvey Keitel), the father and a pastor who is experiencing a crisis of faith; his son Scott (Ernest Liu); and daughter Kate (Juliette Lewis) — are on a vacation in their RV. They stop at a motel and are promptly kidnapped by the Geckos, who force the Fullers to smuggle them past the Mexican border. Seth and Jacob make an uneasy truce: if the Geckos can make it past the border, Jacob and his family will come out of the ordeal unharmed. They succeed and arrive at the “Titty Twister”, a strip club in the middle of a desolate part of Mexico, where the Geckos will be met by their contact Carlos (Cheech Marin) at dawn. The Geckos demand that the Fullers have a drink with them before leaving, despite Kate’s obvious discomfort.

Soon after entering the club, chaos ensues as the employees and strippers are all revealed to be vampires. Most of the patrons are quickly killed, and Richie is bitten by the star stripper, Santanico Pandemonium (Salma Hayek), and bleeds to death. Only Seth, Jacob, Kate, Scott, a biker named Sex Machine (Tom Savini) and Frost (Fred Williamson), a Vietnam War veteran, survive the attack. The slain patrons — including Richie — then come back to life as vampires, forcing Seth to kill his own brother.

Kate asks Seth if she can go with him, but he rebuffs her. She (in the RV) and Seth (with Carlos) go their separate ways after Seth gives Kate some cash. As they leave, the camera pans back to reveal that the “Titty Twister” was actually the top of a buried ancient Aztec temple, presumably the home of vampires for centuries, and that hundreds of trucks and bikes have been toppled down the side of the cliff.

Dawn of the Dead

  • Directors: George A Romero
  • Producers: Richard P Rubinstein, Claudio Argento, Alfredo Cuomo, Laurel Group Inc
  • Writers: George A Romero
  • Genres: Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H Reiniger, Gaylen Ross, Rudy Ricci, Tom Savini

Following the scenario set up in the previous movie, the film depicts the United States struck by a pandemic of reanimated human beings, who now have no other desire than to feast on the flesh of the living. As in the previous film, the cause of the plague is not fully understood by the scientific community. Despite desperate efforts by the U.S. Government and local civil authorities to control the situation, society has effectively collapsed and the remaining survivors seek refuge. Although several scenes show rural citizens and military effectively fighting the zombies, cities, with their high populations and close quarters, are essentially deathtraps. Increasingly infrequent television and radio broadcasts imply that chaos is spreading throughout the country.

The film opens in the television studio of the fictional station, WGON in Philadelphia, where confusion reigns. Following some introductory exposition, Stephen Andrews (David Emge), the station’s traffic helicopter pilot, and his girlfriend Francine Parker (Gaylen Ross) plan to steal the helicopter in order to escape the zombie threat.

Meanwhile, Roger DeMarco (Scott H. Reiniger), and the rest of the city’s SWAT force raid a tenement building because the residents are ignoring the martial law imposition of delivering the dead over to National Guard and evacuating private dwellings. The most violent residents are slaughtered by SWAT operatives in the operation, while the peaceful residents are attacked by their own dead relatives, who emerge from their rooms, reanimated by the zombie infection. During the raid, Roger meets Peter Washington (Ken Foree), part of another unit. Roger suggests deserting their SWAT force and fleeing the city in his friend’s helicopter later that night. Soon, they find the basement packed full of undead that the living residents had kept from being seized by the National Guard, and the two kill the zombies.

Much of the lead-up to the two suicides was left in the film, as Fran stands on the roof doing nothing as zombies approach, and Peter puts a gun to his head, ready to shoot himself with a Derringer before suddenly deciding to live and escape with Fran. There has been much debate over the years to whether or not these sequences (and if so, how much) were actually filmed. While Romero has said the original ending was scrapped before being shot, behind the scenes photos show the original version was at least tested.[6]