Lawrence Bender Creates A Hit Crossing Genres in From Dusk til Dawn

George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino star as the robber Gecko brothers duo, Seth and Richie, who, while fleeing the authorities, stumble upon a bar just over the Mexican border that has kept a dark secret in From Dusk Til Dawn.

The movie opens with the Gecko brothers robbing a liquor store, murdering the cashier and a Texas lawman.

Later, in their motel room they discover that they are being pursued by the authorities in connection with an earlier bank robbery and kidnapping of a clerk and agree to head to the safety they believe they will find by escaping across the Mexican border.

A retired former minister, Jacob Fuller, played by Harvey Keitel is on a road vacation with his two teenage children in their RV.

The Gecko brothers carjack the Fuller family, spotting an opportunity to craftily sneak past the border authorities who have been alerted to their identities.

Once across the border, the RV crew drives to a resting spot, a bar in the middle of nowhere, where Clooney offers to buy everyone a drink to celebrate their evasion of the American authorities.

The Gecko brothers and the Fuller family connect with a retired Vietnam vet and a biker inside of the bar.

As the day ends, the entertainment inside of the bar begins to take on a sinister and hedonistic character.

A dancer introduced as the most diabolical woman on the planet, played by Selma Hayek, performs an exotic dance after which the younger Gecko brother, Richie becomes injured. The sight of blood is enough to turn Hayek and her fellow bar workers into full blown vampires.

The situation becomes hopeless with nearly every patron at the bar either being eaten or turned into a vampire, except for Clooney and the Fuller daughter.

After a draining evening of vampire slaying light begins to enter the bar and causes the vampires to retreat and explode.

At the end of the movie, it is revealed that the bar sits on top of a buried Aztec pyramid.

Lawrence Bender served as the executive producer of From Dusk til Dawn.

Bringing together Quentin Tarantino as the screenwriter and Robert Rodriguez as the director, the film was able to craft a unique retelling of the age old vampire legends.

While not a blockbuster, the 1996 film did better than average, generating close to $26 million at the box office.

The story cleverly brought together the cross genres of crime movie and horror film in a highly entertaining way.

Lawrence Bender

Graduate of the University of Maine with a degree in Civil Engineering, Lawrence Bender has become a much celebrated American film producer.

Lawrence Bender was born in Bronx, New York to Jewish parents.

Known for such hits as Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Nancy Drew and Kill Bill, Bender’s works have been nominated to receive the Academy Award best picture honors.

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