I haven’t seen an episode of From Dusk Till Dawn since the second episode of the second season. I didn’t bail on the project due to disappointment, my personal departure is more a result of certain circumstances than anything else. See, I enjoyed the hell out of the show, but I also had the chance to screen every episode in advance, as a buddy of mine was given advanced media access to a lot of genre projects. Well, eventually the connection between my friend and I produced fewer FDTD nights, as he’d informed me that, as a result of some spoilers issued without warning, he wouldn’t be receiving many more advance links or discs. Since I don’t get El Rey, I didn’t question it much, and I went on about my business, content with the fact that I wouldn’t see the series on a weekly basis.
Please try to follow me as I digress for a moment or more. I’ve got to say that I’ve come to the conclusion that my “friend” is less a respected globally traveling Bay Area writer in high demand, and more a crafty pirate with a peg leg stuffed full of fabricated dead presidents. And I’ll tell you why I feel that way.
After settling, and bringing myself down from giddy to extremely impressed, I decided to immediately write a review of Mike Flanagan’s Before I Wake, another screener The Pirate (as we’ll call him henceforth) acquired. It’s an amazing film no doubt, and I felt genuinely blessed just having the chance see the picture and write the review… until I talked to Mike Flanagan himself.
The movie I watched was not an advance screener or international rollout. According to Flanagan, the film was not available on any disc whatsoever. My heart sank. Stabbed twice in a split second, I realized that my greatest movie buddy and advance film provider wasn’t getting all of these (I’m certain a few were legit, as I received the same discs) films in legal fashion. And I realized that whether Flanagan – a man for whom I have an enormous respect – ever remembers who I am or not, should we meet at a convention or a public event and my name sounds a reminder in his memory, he’ll likely walk away thinking, that was the son-of-a-bitch who pirated my movie.
That sucks, because while I’m guilty of a number of different things in life, theft has never been one of them.
I’ve been vocal many times in the past, discouraging fans from illegally downloading films as opposed to paying for them. We’ve got to make sure these talents are able to continue offering us some special stuff and a large part of the fiscal end falls on the shoulders of the consumer. If we don’t buy, these guys get paid less, and in many cases that feels certifiably criminal. It certainly felt wrong in this specific case, and I’m deeply sorry to Mike Flanagan for viewing his film via illegal method, unknowingly or not – that’s irrelevant. While I hold myself at fault for not looking deeper into The Pirate’s disc and story, I feel it is easy to blame him as opposed to myself. But I won’t do that. I’ll own my mistake, because at the end of the day, I should’ve known what I was watching and how it was possible to be watching it in the first place.
Now, finally getting back on track…
The trailer for the third season of El Rey’s hit series, From Dusk Till Dawn, itself an extension of one of the greatest vamp flicks of the 90s is here, and it must be said that season 3 looks certifiably bad ass. On every level imaginable. We’d be total and complete liars if we claimed disinterest in season 3.
That said, I’m not so tempted as to add it to my Comcast package, which would push me from a depressing $218 a month to approximately $230 a month.
I can wait for the disc release if need be.
Season 3 features a returning ensemble cast including D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Eiza González, Jesse Garcia, Madison Davenport, Brandon Soo Hoo, Emily Rios, and Jake Busey. New cast joining the third season are: Ana de la Reguera (Jane the Virgin, Narcos), who will have a recurring role as Lord Venganza Verdugo, one of the seven remaining culebra Lords; Marko Zaror (Machete Kills) as Zolo, an Aztec warrior trained in hell; Tom Savini (From Dusk Till Dawn) as Burt, a retired demon hunter who smokes more medical marijuana than he sells; Maurice Compte (Breaking Bad, Narcos) as Brasa, a mysterious Rasputin-like figure who takes on the Gecko brothers; and Nicky Whelan (House of Lies, The Wedding Ringer), whose character will be revealed during the season.
Watch the trailer below, and keep in mind, From Dusk Till Dawn returns to El Rey on September 6, 2016.
Synopsis: Season 3 of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” continues the Gecko brothers’ saga as they fight their way through the chilling world of culebras, the vampire-snake hybrids that control hidden empires in Texas and Mexico. Once the baddest outlaws in the land, Seth and Richie made a run for the Border two years ago to save their lives – and their fortune. After stumbling into a bar full of bloodsuckers and bandits, the Geckos encountered the vampire goddess Santánico, joining her cause to settle an old score. It won them a place in the culebra world. Now that world is on the verge of violent and destructive explosion as new enemies hell-bent on domination gather to take them down. In typical Gecko fashion, Seth and Richie assemble an unlikely crew (some new, some old) to take on the forces of hell.