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Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Airs On El Rey

The original From Dusk Till Dawn movie, which was released 18 years ago, was never really a hit with critics, however it became a cult hit with Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino fans. And it’s not hard to see why. The movie featured things we all love: Salma Hayek table dancing, Salma Hayek in a bikini, Quentin Tarantino being killed by Aztec vampires. So many classic scenes! Now fans of the original movie (and not the horrible sequels) can rejoice. The Gecko brothers are back (played by D.J. Cotrona and Zane Hultz), and this time their story is unfolding over 10 episodes on Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey network and Netflix (if you happen to live outside the United States). The first episode of From Dusk till Dawn: The Series premiered last night and so far the reviews have been favorable.

Rodriguez talks Dusk

By using the From Dusk Till Dawn back-story to create a television series, the fledgling El Rey network is working both smart and safe. From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, which Rodriguez directed eight of the ten episodes, will definitely bring the movie’s preexisting nerd-boy fan base to El Rey. For a new network looking to expand its audience, having something this high profile to cash in on is definitely a great benefit. Also, Robert Rodriguez is working with Netflix so that each episode is available for streaming the day after it airs on El Rey. Again, only international Netflix subscribers can actually access the show this way, but this will greatly increase the show’s potential viewing audience. As it is, Netflix has a reputation of being a haven for progressive, non-mainstream series. Hopefully the payoff here is that From Dusk till Dawn: The Series will be mentioned in the same breath as other Netflix critical darlings (Orange Is The New Black, House of Cards, and the recent run of Arrested Development come to mind). Whether or not the show plays well with the critics remains to be seen. However, it’s good to see that having Latinos as leading actors isn’t the only chance the network is willing to take.


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