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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the TV series From Dusk Till Dawn, which is inspired by the film franchise, is all about crime, family, and vampires. It contains a lot of mature content, including bloody shootings, gruesome ritualistic crime scenes, hostage situations, and other violent behaviors. It also has strong sexual content, including stripping and nudity. Cursing (including "s--t") is frequent. Drinking (beer, hard liquor) is visible, and drug cartels play a role in the drama.
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What's the story?
Based on the Quentin Tarantino film of the same name, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN is a modern-day fantasy series featuring law enforcement, criminals, and most importantly, vampires. Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and his unstable brother Richie (Zane Holtz) are on the run after staging a successful bank heist, taking hostages, and committing murder. To avenge the death of his mentor (played by Don Johnson), Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzalez (Jesse Garcia) chases the Geckos as they make their way to the Mexican border to meet up with cartel leader Carlos Madrigal (Wilmer Valderrama). As the brothers continue their crime spree and do what they have to do to survive, Richie is driven by a supernatural presence, which appears to him as a queen vampire (Eiza González). As the story continues, these forces get stronger, and both the Geckos and González find themselves in the middle of it.
Is it any good?
This Latino-themed, fantasy horror series weaves together an entertaining mix of vampire-themed supernatural narratives with conventional crime drama. The Mayan-inspired mythological elements, which, unlike in the original film, are introduced at the beginning of the story, contributes to the progression of the narrative while adding to the overall intrigue.
Each installment introduces new characters to the mix, making the story more complex as it moves forward. But, though this makes the overall series rich in detail, there are times when the show goes from being complicated to convoluted. Nonetheless, fantasy horror fans willing to look past this will find it well worth the watch.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about different myths and legends from different cultures. Where do they come from? How have they changed or evolved over time? Are they necessarily representative of a belief in the supernatural? Does this show offer an accurate portrayal of Latino-based myths and legends?
Many TV shows geared toward teens and older viewers contain lots of violence. Why? Does this make these shows more entertaining? What are some of the consequences of showing it? What effect does media violence have on the people who watch it?
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