Stars: George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis, Cheech Marin. Written by Quentin Tarantino. Directed by Robert Rodriguez. Rated R for violence, profanity, nudity.

Last year, a B-movie monster flick called "Demon Knight" was released under the "Tales from the Crypt" banner. "From Dusk Till Dawn", by screenwriter Quentin Tarantino and director Robert Rodriguez, makes that film look like "Amadeus".

Seth (George Clooney) and his brother Richard (Quentin Tarantino) have just pulled off a robbery and are looking to cross the border into Mexico. They force a former minister named Jacob (Harvey Keitel) to drive them to their destination in his motor home. The three, along with Jacob's daughter (Juliette Lewis) and son, successfully thwart the border guards and end up at the biker bar where the thieves will make contact with their Mexican counterparts. Nearly everyone in the bar turns out to be a vampire and the humans must find a way to survive until dawn.

The screenplay for "From Dusk Till Dawn" doesn't just fail to be clever; it's down right vapid. It will also come as a major disappointment to vampire fans because nothing supernatural happens in the film until well after the first hour. Up until then, it's just a bloody, violent mess akin to Rodriguez's last misfire, "Desperado". And when will people stop casting the performance-impaired Quentin Tarantino? Straight-to-video is more than "From Dusk Till Dawn" deserves.

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