Review

Synopsis:

A Texas Ranger is in hot pursuit of the infamous Gecko brothers and their hostages. They all end up trapped in a desert bar secretly run by vampires and discover a vampire conspiracy.

Review:

The rascally Gecko brothers – Seth (D.J. Cotrona) and Richie (Zane Holtz) – are back for presumably their final stretch of adventures on screen in the third season of From Dusk Till Dawn, which aired on El Rey and is now available on DVD and blu ray. After the stellar first season, which retread the first feature film written by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Kurtzman and directed by Robert Rodriguez, the TV series had to tread some new ground of its own. The second season was an unusual experiment, with the Gecko brothers separated for most of the season (kinda awkward), and when Richie became a full-fledged vampire, he lost his crazy, unpredictable side. Richie was always the loose cannon, the one character you never could quite figure out, but once the vamps bit him he fell into line into a cliché action antihero-type, and here in season three he’s virtually unstoppable with martial arts skills and a certain lack of character definition that made him fascinating in the first place. This third season has the Gecko brothers joining forces with an array of misfit antiheroes, including the Professor (Jake Busy), an old vampire who’s also a vampire hunter (played by Tom Savini), and others, who also include the reformed Santanico Pandemonium (Eiza Gonzalez), who all share a common enemy in a newly introduced cadre of monstrous creatures, led by the big bad queen of Xibalba (a hell of some sort): Amaru (Natalie Martinez) who gets two episodes to show just how bad she is. The good antiheroes team up to close the gate of Xibalba, which keeps letting in horrible creatures into the world, and they battle one horrible creature or team of supernatural fighters (one of which is played by the always welcome Marko Zaror, who guest stars in at least three episodes) from one episode to the next. The side stories aren’t as involving as the big scope of the series, but by the end of this season, the show has all but run out of blood to keep its heart beating.

Never was there a more perfect marriage of horror and action as there was with the From Dusk Till Dawn series. This show just kept amping up the action and the gore until it couldn’t fit any more of either, and while in theory that sounds cool, the show by this point has gotten ridiculous and gratuitous beyond belief. Vampires kicking and punching? Oh yeah. Characters who die and get resurrected over and over? Of course! Villains and heroes switching sides at the drop of a hat? You know it. Does the chemistry still work between the characters the way it did the first season? No, not really. I understand the hope that Rodriguez had to make this show the flagpole for his cable station El Rey. The formula and the ingredients are all there for more magic, but the evolution of this program went down the rabbit hole way too fast. There never seemed to be a strategy to hold it all together. There are too many incidental characters I don’t really like and storylines that don’t add up or gel with the overarching plot.

Season Three of From Dusk Till Dawn is available to purchase now. There are plenty of bonus features included to keep you busy for a good long while if you just can’t get enough.



About the Author

david j. moore
david j. moore is the author of World Gone Wild: A Survivor's Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies and the upcoming book The Good, the Tough and the Deadly: Action Movies and Stars, coming April, 2016 from Schiffer Publishing.