Running Time: 88 minutes
Director: Scott Spiegel
Starring: Robert Patrick, Bo Hopkins, Duane Whitaker
Genre: Crime, Horror
There was great anticipation when Dimension announced that the Rodriguez/Tarantino surprise hit From Dusk Till Dawn was getting the two sequels that all good horrors deserve in order to make it a trilogy and tap into that home entertainment market (the same market that made the original a hit when the cinema audiences largely overlooked it). So it was great excitement that From Dusk Till Dawn 2 was approached only making the fall that much further. I’ve tried…at length to find something redeeming about FDTD2 but the truth of the matter is that it’s an absolute mess and 88 minutes too long. The script is ludicrous, the performances are lacklustre (if the actors can’t care why should the audience?), they clearly know the levels of turkeydom they’re participating in and appear on screen almost apologetically. The worst thing about the film is everything you see. Scott Spiegel’s name was (for an incredibly long time) the worst of swear words in my household. His use of the camera and inability to understand not just the POV shot but basic cause and effect cinematography is frustrating to the point of personal injury as you’d be more than willing to hurl yourself under the nearest eighteen wheeler just to get away from this terrible, terrible film. He would redeem himself (partially) with Hostel Part III which is better than this but by no means as good as Roth’s offerings.