From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money

release year: 1999
genre: action/horror
viewing setting: home Bluray, 6/4/13

synopsis: In a story only vaguely related to the first movie, some bad-ass bank robbers get vampirized in the middle of a nighttime heist.

impressions: This one followed the same basic formula as the first movie: a bunch of people get stuck in a vampire-filled situation and have to fight their way out. The vampires are fairly easy to kill too (impalement and decapitation work just fine.) There were some differences, however: it all started with only one vampire (a random encounter, at that) which then led to others being infected, one by one; the human protagonists died off faster than expected; there was a lot of gunfire as the Mexican SWAT team tried (and failed) to take back the bank from the vampires. This was fairly action/violence-heavy, and done in the same style as the first. There was plenty of humor, and it was amusing to see the thieves continue to bicker even after becoming vampires.

body count: 46 humans, plus 7 vampires

acting: Robert Patrick is the leader of the gang, who keeps his cool throughout. Bo Hopkins is the lawman chasing him. Muse Watson is an older safecracker with some funny viewpoints and lines. Raymond Cruz is a tough guy. Danny Trejo is the vampire bartender responsible for this spree. Maria Checa is a random hot woman.

final word: Worth seeing, but it's the weakest of the three.

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