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From Dusk Til Dawn Movie Trivia
Vampires, Clooney, and Savini... OH MY!

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10  The famous line, "No thanks, I've already had a wife," was improvised by George Clooney. Director Robert Rodriguez never intended it to be in the final cut, but after the studio included the line in a trailer, he felt obliged to include it in the film.
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 Salma Hayek has a real fear of snakes and had always refused to be near them. Naturally when she read the script, she knew her phobia would prevent her from taking the part. Robert Rodriguez conned her into thinking that Madonna was ready to nab the part instead so Hayek spent two months with therapists to overcome her fear.
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The first script that Quentin Tarantino was paid to write, for the mere sum of $1,500.

Special effects technician Robert Kurtzman asked him to write a screenplay based on his story in return for providing the ear-slicing scene in Reservoir Dogs (1992).
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7  Quentin Tarantino was originally set to direct the movie, but decided not to direct so that he could focus more on the screenplay and his role as Richard Gecko.
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 Originally, Satanico Pandemonium was called Blonde Death. Quentin Tarantino decided to go for a Latino/Mexican star, so he used Salma Hayek after seeing her in Desperado (1995). The name Satanico Pandemonium came from the title of a gory Mexican horror movie (Satanico Pandemonium: La Sexorcista (1975)) that Tarantino had seen on the shelves of the video store he worked in.
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5  The name of the movie is taken from the signs found on drive-ins. These signs indicate the length of the shows, which ran "from dusk till dawn". The movie is full of references to midnight movies and films which were often intended for teenagers to watch late at night from their cars.
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4  In 2001, prolific French video game developer Cryo (also known as Cryo Interactive Entertainment) released on PC "From Dusk Till Dawn", their action/horror third person shooter tie-in video game that was very loosely based on this movie. The game immediately fell into obscurity. The plot was set after the events on the movie and followed Seth Gecko, who's arrested and sent to a tanker-turned-high-security-prison that's anchored near the coast.

When vampires and their familiar leader attack the prison, Seth gets a chance to try to escape but also be a hero and save several survivors he runs into and solve a puzzle or two, all while gunning down bloodsuckers on his way to freedom.
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3 Cameo twofer
Greg Nicotero:  The long haired biker that Tom Savini's character steals the beer from is the makeup effects supervisor. His character makes a further appearance in a deleted scene where in he is brutally murdered by Santanico Pandemonium when she sits on his lap (in human form) and seduces him into a false sense of security. Then a second vampiric snake-like mouth erupts from her own and bites his head off in an explicit fashion.

Howard Berger:  The trucker vampire that bites Sex Machine (Tom Savini) is the make-up supervisor.
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There was a special makeup effect in which one of the stripper-vampires has her stomach open into a large mouth. She shoves a bar attendant's head into the large mouth, and bites it off.

The effect was so graphic that writer/actor Quentin Tarantino didn't even want to see it. The scene can be accessed in the deleted scenes section on the special edition DVD.
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1  Writer Trademark (Quentin Tarantino): Bare Feet: Tarantino's character Richard often finds himself involved with womens' feet. Richard is seen obsessing over Kate's feet when he holds her at gunpoint in the RV, He drinks the alcohol spilling from Satanico Pandemonium's foot, and even tells the hostage to take off her shoes before she gets into the bed with him, even  though he is still wearing his.
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From Dusk Till Dawn
R | 1h 48min | Action, Crime, Fantasy | 19 January 1996 (USA)
Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment
populated by vampires, with chaotic results.
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Writers: Robert Kurtzman (story), Quentin Tarantino (screenplay)
Stars: Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Juliette Lewis

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