How much of an involvement Lawrence Bender had with From Dusk Till Dawn can be described as somewhat ambiguous. Bender is credited as the executive producer of the project. This would likely infer he worked on the development of the movie more than hands-on during production. No matter what his capacity was, Lawrence Bender did get to work with some truly talented people. In addition to once again teaming with Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, the film features a collaboration with Robert Kurtzman. A story credit is given to Kurtzman who would later create the outstanding terror film Cabin Fever in 2002.
From Dusk Till Dawn came at a time when the horror genre was somewhat stalled at the box office. While not a major hit, From Dusk Till Dawn was able to connect with horror fans and gain a decent following.
Vampire movies went through a lot of changes in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. The Lost Boys, Fright Night, and Interview with the Vampire contributed significant changes to films featuring the nocturnal bloodsuckers. The changes were necessary because the classic concept of the vampire in a cape had become outdated. Drawing fans into a horror movie would be difficult when the film featured monsters that aren’t scary. From Dusk Till Dawn didn’t try to completely change the presentation of a vampire. Instead, the movie took a genre-crossing approach. The film added elements from action and crime features. Doing so made From Dusk Till Dawn a fast-paced film that has gained greater appreciation over the years.
Two films in between From Dusk Till Dawn on Lawrence Bender’s resume are Pulp Fiction and Good Will Hunting. Both films garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Motion Picture of the Year. Why would Lawrence Bender choose to work on a B-movie while also developing two prestige projects? Producers run production companies that herald involvement with all sorts of different features in different stages of development. Clearly, this project appealed to Tarantino since he wrote the screenplay and acted in the film. Lawrence Bender and Quentin Tarantino simply continued their working relationship with the odd horror film.