Thoughts on From Dusk till Dawn: The Series

I just finished the finale of season 2 last night. I’m still not quite sure how I feel about the series as a whole.

For those unfamiliar, the series is an extended retelling (season 1) and a continuation (season 2) of the From Dusk till Dawn movie, which I guess you could consider a cult classic. The basic premise of the movie is two outlaw brothers (Clooney and Tarantino) kidnap a vacationing family and use their RV to cross the border to Mexico, only to come across a strip club that turns out to be a vampire haven. Cue sexy dancers (with the spotlight on Salma) and lots of blood, gore, and over-the-top vampire killing courtesy of director Robert Rodriguez.

Right off the bat with season 1 of the show, there were elements that simultaneously drew me in and pushed me away from the series.  I’m a sucker for intricate and complex fictional worlds with lots of back story, so throwing in a lot of Mesoamerican mythology and history (invented or not) was interesting.  And as a horror fan, seeing them mix up the horror elements a little by changing the antagonists from average vampires into snake vampires instantly caught my attention.

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Halloween Rock Playlist

This represents the culmination of my attempts to curate Halloween music and forge the perfect playlist over the last several years. It is also my last-ditch attempt to get into the spirit of the holiday this year, before I miss it completely.

The problem is everyone has a different idea of what constitutes a “Halloween” song. For some people, it’s time-honored children’s songs like “Monster Mash” and “Flying Purple People Eater”. For others, it’s a collection of iconic orchestral scores from classic horror franchises. Some think the lyrics have to be macabre or related to the actual holiday in some way, but others just require the song to sound “dark” or “evil”—which occasionally includes what I would refer to more as “spooky audio” than actual music.

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