As of this past December, rogue filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s fledgling El Rey Network has finally taken its first baby steps into the world of cable TV. That means his fans are only a little more than a month away from the premiere of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, Rodriguez’s upcoming serialized expansion on his 1996 cult horror hit of the same name. We’ve seen a teaser for the show already, but now a full trailer for From Dusk Till Dawn has gone online, and it’s a bloody mess. (In a good way.)
The clip, seen above, builds quite a lot off of what Rodriguez chose to show in his initial preview; it’s two and a half minutes long, for starters, but despite that, there’s a sense that he’s holding back. That’s a good thing, though, since From Dusk Till Dawn is already a known property. Speaking to the basic set-up ropes in viewers who aren’t familiar with the film, and also grabs the attentions of people who already know this cinematic universe inside and out.
Just like the original From Dusk Till Dawn, the show follows the outlaw Gecko brothers, Seth (D.J. Cotrona) and Richie (Zane Holtz) as they go on the lam; along the way, they hijack the Fuller family, patriarch Jacob (played here by Robert Patrick), daughter Kate (Madison Davenport), and son Scott (Brandon Soo Hoo), taking them hostage on their road to freedom. Of course, that road ultimately leads them all to a bar that’s a front for a den of vampires, but some might say it’s the journey that matters more than the destination.
Rodriguez will also incorporate elements from the two direct-to-video sequels his film spawned, From Dusk Til Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money, and From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter (which is actually a prequel), into the show. Rodriguez didn’t have much of a hand in either; he owns a story credit for The Hangman’s Daughter, and served as a producer on Texas Blood Money alongside his buddy Quentin Tarantino, who wrote the first movie’s screenplay. (Note the references to Tarantino’s work all over the place here, from the Big Kahuna Burger to the inclusion of Don Johnson as Sheriff Earl McGraw.)
How exactly will From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series blend the mythology together for TV? At the moment, that’s unknown, but it’s really clear that Rodriguez is primarily using his movie as the blueprint for his show. At the very least, he seems to have made great use of the change in platform; not only does this look as gruesomely violent as its cinematic counterpart, it appears to delve a lot more into its characters, notably in the way it portrays the unhinged Richie’s psychoses.
Freaky stuff, even if it’s light on vampire action. (Again, that might be a good thing.) Will it make for compelling TV? That question will be answered come March, when From Dusk Till Dawn begins airing.
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series premieres on the El Rey Network on March 11th, 2014.