From Dusk Till Dawn: the Series is a horror television series based on the 1996 cult movie From Dusk Till Dawn. It premiered on March 11, 2014 as one of the headliners of Robert Rodriguez's new network, El Rey.Like the movie it is based on, the series centers on two brothers, Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and Richard “Richie Gecko (Zane Holtz), professional criminals on the run from the authorities after a disastrous bank robbery, who are trying to make their way to safe haven across the border in Mexico. Along the way they take a family hostage: former minister Jacob Fuller (Robert Patrick), his daughter Katie Fuller (Madison Davenport) and son Scott Fuller (Brandon Soo Hoo).However, things are complicated by supernatural forces at play that have taken an interest in the Geckos, and seem to be leading them to a fateful confrontation.Now has a Characters' Page.
This series provides examples of the following:
Abusive Parents: The Geckos’ father took out his frustrations on his children.
Richie Gecko was played by Quentin Tarantino in the original movie, but in the series he’s played by a former male model.
Carlos was played by Cheech Marin in the film and by the younger and better looking Wilmer Valderrama in the series.
Inverted by Robert Patrick in Harvey Keitel's former role.
Adaptational Badass: The two young women Richie takes hostage in the first episode. Their film counterparts run out the door when the shooting happens. In the series, they stop to kick Richie's ass, first.
Adaptation Expansion: The first season of the series follows the plot of the movie relatively faithfully, but at a much slower pace. At the same time it adds new characters and provides a backstory absent from the original film. Until theseventh episode, when the show's plot takes another direction.
Adaptation Personality Change: While his movie counterpart was just a random badass who happened to be at the bar that night, in the show Sex Machine is really Professor Tanner, an undercover professor of archeology following the trail of the Blood Cult.
Adaptational Villainy: In the original movie Carlos was merely the brothers’ contact in Mexico and unaware of the Titty Twister’s true nature. In the series he’s a full blown vampire and intentionally leading the Geckos to the Titty Twister.
Likewise, it seems Sex Machine AKA professor Tanner cut a deal with the culebras and wants to sacrifice Katie on the temple's altar. He is also implied to be responsible for the ritual murders Freddie originally consulted him about.
Blood Bath : Santanico takes one in episode 7, "Pandemonium."
The Cartel: Carlos’s employer, which in this setting is led by vampires.
Catch Phrase : "I'm a professional thief." Seth seems to say this at least once an episode.
Chronic Hero Syndrome: Carlos accuses Freddie of having a case of this. He claims that even if he got his revenge on the Geckos, he would still be unable to walk away now that he knows about the supernatural.
Eldritch Location: The Temple under the Titty Twister. It is said to be built over the doorway to the Underworld and time and space work wrong there. The closer one gets to the center of the labyrinth the worse the Hallucinations and visions get, to the point of Mind Rape. Staying too long inside it results in Sanity Slippage for a human.
Enemy Civil War: The low level culebras are tired of being treated like slaves by the Nine Lords of the Night and their lieutenants, so they start a coup.
”I left some bodies on the ground back in Kansas. Now, no doubt they were good men and true, but they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, and they stood between me and my freedom. So I did what I had to do. I did what anybody would do. Can you find it in your heart to forgive me?”
I Die Free: Implied with the female culebras who serve Santanico at the Titty Twister. They all happily and willingly expose themselves to the sunlight that destroys them in the first season finale.
Not His Sled: The series doesn’t even try to maintain the notorious Halfway Plot Switch of the original movie. The supernatural elements are evident from the very first scene of the pilot.
Off the Rails: The seventh episode, Pandemonium, marks the point where the show’s plot breaks completely with that of the movie. Santanico survives the initial big fight at the Titty Twister and her plan to overthrow the Nine Lords of the Night takes center stage.
They are called Culebras, the Spanish word for snake, which they resemble closely instead of bats. They have fangs that fold into their palates instead of retracting into their gums and inject venom. They also have snake-like scales and skin when transformed.
They are unaffected by crosses.
Bullets can hurt and incapacitate them but they can only be killed by destroying their hearts, at which point their bodies turn to dust.
They can walk in the sunlight without much trouble if they have fed recently, but eventually it starts to burn them.
Religion of Evil: The Blood Cult that worships the Vision Serpent as a god. It’s composed of serpent-vampires and requires massive amounts of Human Sacrifice.
Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: The Nine Lords have Narciso put Carlos inside the Labyrinth to be "reeducated" after he helps Santanico slaughter the Councilors and then turns on her. He doesn’t expect to come out alive.
Riding into the Dawn: The first season ends with two sets of people riding into the rising sun: Seth and Kate in a sports car and Richie and Santanico in an SUV with tinted windows.
In episode 8, in response to Prof. Tanner's speculations about aliens and other dimensions, Seth says: "I can do Temple of Doom but Crystal Skull and I'm out."
Shown Their Work: During the flashbacks to the conquistadors' arrival, all the Spanish speaking characters talk with actual Spaniard accents.
Small Reference Pools: During the flashbacks to the conquistadors’ arrival to the vicinity of the temple, they claim the land in the name of Queen Isabella, even though the Spaniards didn’t begin exploring the North American mainland until years after her death. This is likely due to her being the only Spanish monarch of the period that a US audience would be familiar with.
Spanner in the Works: In-universe, Ranger Gonzales continuously derails Santanico’s plans for Richie. Out-of-universe, his actions at the Titty Twister mark the point where the show’s plot breaks with that of the movie.
Spared by the Adaptation: Santanico, Richie and Scott all survive the events of the first season, while their counterparts died in the original movie.