Welcome to another edition of Over/Under Movies, the podcast in which we choose one overrated film and one underrated film — similar in tone, genre, style, or however we may see fit — and we discuss them.
On this episode, Oktay Ege Kozak and myself are once again joined by fellow Playlist writer Andy Crump to assess two vampire horror/western/crime hybrids that have many things in common, but tone is not one of them. We start with “From Dusk Till Dawn,” the 1996 Robert Rodriguez-directed, Quentin Tarantino-penned splatter-fest most known for its abrupt genre shift halfway through the film. My co-hosts have fonder memories of this film than I do, but we all agree how the film has not aged particularly well, and once you know the twist, there isn’t much else to dive into.
On the flipside, we switch gears to Kathryn Bigelow‘s 1987 mood piece “Near Dark,” which has aged considerably better than our other film, despite being ten years older. We dive into why this film holds up incredibly well, how it fits into Bigelow’s career, and pay tribute to the late, great Bill Paxton, who is at his charming-yet-terrifying best here.
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