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20 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About From Dusk Till Dawn

20 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About From Dusk Till Dawn

20 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About From Dusk Till Dawn
28 August 2014

All right, trivia, trivia, trivia! Come on in trivia lovers! Here at we're slashing trivia in half! We got white trivia, black trivia, Spanish trivia...

...Okay, okay, you get the idea. It's 20 things you probably didn't know about From Dusk Till Dawn. Let's get rambling.


(Images: Rex, Netflix & YouTube)


Tim Roth, John Travolta, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, and Christopher Walken (pictured) were offered the role of Seth Gecko and all passed because of scheduling conflicts.


Roth and Buscemi were also approached to play the much smaller role Pete Bottoms, but neither could.


The Gecko Brothers name was inspired by the Frog Brothers from the 1987 vampire film The Lost Boys.


Earl McGraw (top) became a recurring character in Rodriguez and Tarantino's works, later appearing in Kill Bill (bottom), Planet Terror and Death Proof.


Seth's line: "All right, ramblers. Let's get rambling" also appears in Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. It's in the Mr Pink's "tipping scene". Joe says it two minutes 56 seconds in, here.


The Chicano rock band Tito & Tarantula portrayed the band in the Titty Twister. They played their track "After Dark" during Salma Hayek's iconic exotic dance scene, and it later became the theme for From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. Lead singer Tito Larriva (pictured, left with Danny Trejo) has also appeared in Roadhouse, Desperado, Once Upon A time In Mexico and Machete.


From Dusk Till Dawn the 2001 video game released on Windows was based on events that transpire directly after the movie. Seth has been condemned to death for the murders his dead brother committed. He is an inmate at a converted tanker prison. Needless to say vampires infiltrate the prison and Seth needs to blast his way out. Check out some footage here.


Salma Hayek has a severe fear of snakes. 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 accept the role instead so Hayek spent two months with therapists to overcome her fear. As this interview footage shows, the fear certainly returned.


Salma Hayek did not have a choreographer for that famous dance. Rodriguez told her to feel the music and go with it. He did the same with Jessica Alba in this (NSFW) Sin City dance scene.


Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, The Long Kiss Goodnight) and the late Tony Scott (pictured: Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, True Romance) were the first directors who showed interest in directing the film.


Quentin Tarantino was paid just $1,500 to write the fist script. 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


Tarantino was originally set to direct, but decided not to so that he could focus on the screenplay and his role as Richie.


The name for Hayek's character, Satanico Pandemonium, came from the title of a gory 1975 Mexican nunsploitation movie (no, we had no idea they existed either). Tarantino had seen the movie on the shelves of the video store he worked in.


Makeup effects supervisor Greg Nicotero plays the long-haired biker that Sex Machine steals a beer from using a whip, in this scene. Nicotero has also played a zombie in The Walking Dead. See him here.


The "Fuller" family are named after writer-director Samuel Fuller, one of the primary influences on Quentin Tarantino's style of "pulp" cinema. He was best known for low-budget genre movies with controversial themes. He died in 1997.


Executive producer Lawrence Bender appears in a cameo role, sitting in a booth at Emma & Pete's Gravy Train restaurant, where we first see Jacob, Kate and Scott. He shares a smile with the waitress. It's about 17 mins and 30 into the film.


The line, "No thanks, I 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 (hear it 1 minute 25 seconds into into this), he felt obliged to include it in the film.


At one stage William Sadler (Bill & Ted's..., The Shawshank Redemption) was cast as FBI Agent Stanley Chase. The role eventually went to John Saxon, but Sadler has appeared in two episodes of From Dusk Till Dawn the TV Series.


Green blood was used for the vampires to get the movie past the censors. Which is odd if you watch the movie with that in mind, because they're rather liberal with the red stuff, too!


The trucker vampire that bites Sex Machine on the arm about 1 hour 15 minutes in, is the make-up supervisor Howard Berger.