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15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About From Dusk Till Dawn

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Before settling in for one hell of a night with Quentin Tarantino, George Clooney, and a bunch of vampires in Robert Rodriguez’s horror comedy, check out these fascinating facts about the making of the film.

1. EARL MCGRAW DIES, BUT LIVES ON ELSEWHERE

The character Sheriff Earl McGraw, played by Michael Parks, is killed in the film’s opening. But he was resurrected for Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s collaboration Planet Terror.


2. THE GECKO BROTHERS ENJOY SOME FAMILIAR BRANDS

The Big Kahuna Burgers they eat are from a restaurant featured in Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, and the Chongo Beer in the bar is from Rodriguez’s Desperado.


3. IT’S FULL OF FAMILIAR FACES FOR RODRIGUEZ AND TARANTINO

Harvey Keitel appeared in Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction (and would lend his voice to an uncredited cameo in Inglourious Basterds). Danny Trejo has been in nine movies directed by Robert Rodriguez, while Cheech Marin has appeared in seven.


4. IT WAS TARANTINO’S FIRST PAID WRITING GIG

Tarantino wrote the script for $1,500.


5. TARANTINO’S INVOLVMENT PAID OFF DOWN THE LINE

Tarantino wrote the From Dusk Till Dawn script as a way to showcase the talents of a special effects company called KNB. In return, KNB agreed to provide the special effects for the “ear scene” in Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs free of charge.


6. CHEECH MARIN PLAYS THREE DIFFERENT CHARACTERS

The Mexican border guard, the strip club doorman, and the gangster Carlos.


7. IT’S GEORGE CLOONEY’S FIRST HOLLYWOOD FILM ROLE

Tarantino pitched Clooney on the film after directing him in ER.


8. JULIETTE LEWIS WAS CAST BECAUSE OF HER FRIENDSHIP WITH TARANTINO

She previously appeared in the film Natural Born Killers, whose original screenplay was written by Quentin Tarantino (his draft would eventually be heavily revised and he ultimately received a “Story By” credit), and Tarantino liked her so much that he suggested she play Kate, a role which he admittedly underwrote in the From Dusk Till Dawn screenplay.

9. THERE’S A GREAT HOMAGE TO RODRIGUEZ’S FAVORITE DIRECTOR

The character Scott Fuller wears a t-shirt that reads “Precinct 13,” a nod to the film Assault on Precinct 13, the second film by John Carpenter.


10. APOCALYPSE NOW INSPIRED THE STRIP CLUB

Rodriguez modeled the exterior of the Titty Twister on Kurtz’s compound.


11. SALMA HAYEK’S CHARACTER IS NAMED AFTER A MEXICAN HORROR MOVIE

Tarantino’s script originally called her character “Blonde Death,” but after Hayek (a brunette) was cast, Tarantino changed it to “Satanico Pandemonium”—a Mexican horror movie he remembered from his time working at a video store.


12. RODRIGUEZ AND TARANTINO CAST THEIR EXPLOITATION IDOLS

Both filmmakers are on-the-record fans of exploitation movies, and they peppered the movie with their favorites. Tom Savini, who plays Sex Machine, is the legendary stuntman and special effects creator behind movies like Dawn of the Dead; Tom Saxon, who plays FBI Agent Chase, is an actor who appeared in Enter the Dragon and other films; and Fred Williamson, who plays Frost, was in many popular Blaxploitation movies in the ‘70s and the original movie inspiration for Inglourious Basterds.


13. IT USED TO INCLUDE A FAMOUS TARANTINO SPEECH

The infamous Ezekiel 25:17 speech from Pulp Fiction was originally in Tarantino’s script for From Dusk Till Dawn. It was meant to be spoken by Harvey Keitel’s character as he fends off the vampires before being killed.


14. RODRIGUEZ PRE-EMPTED AN NC-17 RATING WITH GREEN BLOOD

The director knew that he had a big gory movie on his hands, so to guarantee the film wouldn’t get a dreaded NC-17 rating he made all of the vampire blood green instead of red.


15. THE FROM DUSK TILL DAWN STORY DIDN’T END HERE

It spawned two movie sequels and a TV series using the film’s mythology.

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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…