By Cora Quigley
This weekend as part of ‘Bite House’ and, possibly in retaliation to the Twilight fever about to hit our humble shores, the Light House Cinema will be screening two classic vampire films – ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ and ‘The Lost Boys’. Both films basically serve as the antithesis to the breed of vampire found in the ‘Twilight’ franchise. What will be featured this weekend are some good old fashioned vamps, not in the least ‘vegetarian’, but bloodthirsty and evil.
‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ abandons any of the romantic notions we may have had of vampires in favour of a more visceral, gross and bloody experience. It follows bank robbers and generally clumsy criminals Seth Gecko (George Clooney) and his rapey brother Richard Gecko (Quentin Tarantino) as they look for a way of escaping police persecution by travelling to Mexico. Opportunity arises in the religious, seemingly innocent Fuller family, who are in the midst of vacationing in their RV. The family are soon taken hostage by the Gecko brothers and forced to travel across the border to Mexico, where they make the mistake of patronising the ominous ‘Titty Twister’, a sleazy bar that is open from, you guessed it, dusk till dawn. Vampiric pandemonium ensues!
If you were to watch the film blind of its premise, you may be in for a shock when all of a sudden there are vampires everywhere; they don’t make an appearance until midway through. It’s almost as if Rodriguez made two different, yet compelling films and subsequently squished them together in an unlikely way that somehow works. If you’re in the mood for some limb flying, ass kicking action then this is the film for you. Oh and Salma Hayek… That is all.
‘The Lost Boys’
Being a teenager is enough of a drag as it is, without your single mother forcing you to move to Santa Clara, California where certain doom in the form of blood sucking ghouls awaits you. For brothers Michael and Sam, this is exactly the sort of carry on that is about to screw up their adolescence. Thanks a bunch, Mom! Soon after arriving, the older brother, Michael, gets involved with a suspicious group of local youths. What is their deal? I do wonder… Soon after he begins to go through some changes, and I’m not talking about puberty! Sam begins to notice these changes too, and he’s not best pleased. Just wait till Mom finds out about Micheal being a vampire! He’s going to be in soo much trouble! He enlists the help of local wannabe hunters, Edgar and Allen Frog before embarking on what is sure to be a dangerous battle with the local undead.
Like ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’, ‘The Lost Boys’ isn’t the deepest film in the world, but it’s just as much fun. Its camp eighties humour in combination with schlocky horror tropes and an appropriate synthesised score make this film a must see.
From Dusk Till Dawn is playing Friday, November 16th at 23.35, tickets can be obtained here.
The Lost Boys is playing Sunday, 18th November at 18.30, tickets can be obtained here.
A season pass for both films is fifteen euro and can be found at the Box Office.