From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999) is an American thriller crime horror movie that is the second film in the From Dusk Till Dawn series. Director and co-writer Scott Spiegel (Evil Dead II (1987), Intruder (1989), Spider-Man 2 (2004)) did not excel at executing this movie. The actors did not help Scott with making this film better because their acting was not up to standards. The movie was action packed and contains gore, funny moments, bad language, violence, vampires, frightening scenes, suspense, thrills, horror, cheap looking special effects. I gave this movie a four because the film appears to be plotless although it was watchable in a relaxed state of mind that did not judge much. The movie did not differ from others, and maybe that is because the writer possibly ran out of ideas, but still feel the need for this film to be made so just came up with anything that might win some credits.
The beginning of the film was an eye pleaser as we are introduced to two characters in an elevator who soon met their deaths by bats attacking them. I was in disbelief but soon realized that the two characters being killed by bats were actually a movie that Buck (Robert Patrick - Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Walk the Line (2005), Bridge to Terabithia (2007), The Unit (2006)) was watching. While skipping channels, he saw that Luther (Duane Whitaker - Pulp Fiction (1994), The Devil’s Rejects (2005), Hobgoblins (1988)) escaped prison. Buck is in a whole heap of trouble as he also learns that Otis Lawson (Bo Hopkins - Midnight Express (1978), American Graffiti (1973), The Wild Bunch (1969)) who is a Texas Ranger is looking for him. Luther contacted Buck and asked him to bring the whole gang to a meetup spot that Buck agreed to. After a few events, Luther is turned into a vampire/bat, and the killing spree begins as Luther visits the gang at the motel. Luther turns one of his friends into a vampire and the two of them proceed to not telling their friends of the circumstances they faced. Luther attacks one of his team members while robbing a bank because his friend found out Luther is a vampire after realizing Luther cannot touch a cross. The film goes on to being a total boring watch with nothing exciting to give you an ounce of thrills.
I would recommend horror fans to stay away from this movie because it is something that you have seen in the previous installment, just more action, and gore. The special effects are below average making the film appear as though it had a small budget and just added special effects to say that it has it. There are better movies than this to see so, please save your time and enjoy it doing something else. The actors did a horrible job with their roles and seemed like they did not try. I am not sure what else to say about this movie except that it was a failure that I will not see again.
About From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999)
Starring: Danny Trejo, Bruce Campbell, Scott Spiegel, James Parks, Duane Whitaker, Kevin Smith, Muse Watson, Robert Patrick, Bo Hopkins, Timothy Patrick Quill, Raymond Cruz, Joe Virzi, Brett Harrelson, Terry Norton, Stacie Randall, Maria Checa, Tiffani Thiessen, Lara Bye, Troy Niemans, Liane Coyler, Scott Rogers, James Ryan, Shaun Arnolds, Lanon Prigge, Eddie Fiola, Joel Jordan, Yoyo, Tania Kline
Director: Scott Spiegel
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