“The film was the short story, the series is the novel.” Robert Rodriquez
That quote from Robert Rodriquez is probably the best answer to the question, why make a TV show from the movie From Dusk till Dawn. The movie, a combination gangster-vampire-martial arts film, had a great cast and as horror movies go, was pretty entertaining. But I wouldn’t have thought it was ripe material for a TV series. And I should say, although making TV from movies is a practice going back almost since the dawn of television, its unusual when the TV series takes the movie plot and stretches it out over 10 to 13 episodes. It’s a much fuller retelling with more detail, more back story, more characters, in fact, more everything.
I was first clued in on this by a post on another blog promoting the show. The show runs on the El Rey Network, which I confess I’d never heard of. I did a little research and found out it was a new cable network started by Robert Rodriguez that intended to focus on the type of films that Robert Rodriquez liked: Grind house, Kung Fu, and cult horror flicks. I’m not sure if there is a market for Rodriquez’s personal preferences, but part of the uniqueness of the movie From Dusk till Dawn is that it combined all three, so who knows.
As for the From Dusk till Dawn TV show:
Having seen a couple of episodes already, I have to say the show is fulfilling its promises. This is a high quality production with a great cast and I love the gradual movement from crooks on the run to the supernatural elements, with a much deeper look at the peculiarities of Mayan Vampires.
So if you actually have El Rey on your local cable provider, I would recommend giving this show a look. They are having a back to back marathon of the show starting with the pilot on April 30th, so it’s not too late to catch up. Set your DVR and enjoy a Vampire show that pretty much has it all.