The seventh annual Great Digital Film Festival (GDFF) is just days away. Running February 5 – 11, the festival showcases over 40 years’ worth of pop culture’s most beloved fantasy, sci-fi, and cult movies.
From Dusk Till Dawn
The thing about grindhouse is you never really know what you’re going to get. Yes, these productions are never brilliant masterpieces but they are frequently fun and usually entertaining. They also work the best when they aren’t taking themselves too seriously. So far, From Dusk till Dawn: The Series has managed to be all of these things.
The first episode of From Dusk till Dawn: The Series was a surprising success. Spry, funny, and campy, its pilot was a great introduction to the show. The series’ biggest challenge moving forward will be keeping up the momentum of the premiere and keeping the audience interested in characters we’re already familiar with from the movie.
Robert Rodriquez’s 1996 cult classic From Dusk till Dawn is a flawed but ultimately surprising, fun, and witty gore-fest sendup of vampire movies. Surprisingly the TV adaptation, for Rodriquez’s channel the El Rey Network, is just as much fun as its source material.
From Dusk till Dawn: The Series, much like the movie, knows exactly what it is. This is not highbrow entertainment. This is pulpy cult gore at its best. One of the most enjoyable things about the movie was the surprising genre changeup halfway through the film. The show makes up for this lack of surprise by expanding on what we didn’t see in the movie, such as the Gecko brothers’ botched bank robbery, which we see flashes of here. All that being said, half the fun of the pilot comes from the execution. It’s an incredibly confident and tightly wound series opener.