Sunday, May 29, 2011

How are the "From Dusk Till Dawn" (trilogy), "Kill Bill" and "Grindhouse" movies connected?

Thought I would share something I just discovered with you.

This takes some work, but all of the above films all exist within the same movie universe. There are several links between all of the movies that can be made. The best link is the character of Earl McGraw (played by Michael Parks) who appears in most of the movie's by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. McGraw dies at the start of From Dusk Till Dawn, so this would place From Dusk Til Dawn's events at the end of the timeline. Then there is Jasper who is alive in the Death Proof segment of Grindhouse, but dies in Kill Bill Vol 1. There is also the link of El Wray from the Planet Terror segment of Grindhouse and the town that Seth Gecko and Richard Gecko were heading to in From Dusk Til Dawn, which was also called "El Wray". Another link is Dr. Dakota Block who appears in both the Death Proof and Planet Terror segments of Grindhouse, and this is the best place to start. Dr Dakota Block is also the daughter of Earl McGraw and sister of Edgar McGraw who also appears in Kill Bill Vol 1 and From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money.

From this you can start to piece together the chronology of the universe. The events of Death Proof must happen before the events of Planet Terror. This can be assumed by the relationship between Dr Dakota Block and Earl McGraw that is frayed in Death Proof and most of Planet Terror, but they do make up by the end of Planet Terror. Also the lack of "sickos" in Death Proof would suggest this is before Planet Terror. Plus, Block leaves at the end of Planet Terror, but is back working in the hospital in Death Proof. There is also a mention "in memory of" over the radio of Jungle Julia from Death Proof in the events of Planet Terror. So far, we have (1) Death Proof and (2) Planet Terror.

Then we can move on to Jasper. As he is alive in Death Proof but dies in Kill Bill Vol 1, that would place the (current) events of Kill Bill Vol 1 and Kill Bill Vol 2 after the events of Death Proof. Thus, (1) Death Proof, (2) Planet Terror, (3) Kill Bill Vol 1, and (4) Kill Bill Vol 2. Then onto Earl McGraw who is alive in Death Proof, Planet Terror, and Kill Bill Vol 1 but is killed in From Dusk Til Dawn, leading us to (1) Death Proof, (2) Planet Terror, (3) Kill Bill Vol 1, (4) Kill Bill Vol 2, and (5) From Dusk Til Dawn. But you have to include From Dusk Til Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money and From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter. Edgar McGraw makes reference to the events and death of his father Earl in FDTD2: Texas Blood Money, which obviously sets this film after From Dusk Til Dawn. Then FDTD3: The Hangman's Daughter is actually a prequel set in the 1800's, therefore it's the earliest of the connections.

In sum, chronologically the films go: (1) From Dusk Til Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter, (2) Death Proof, (3) Planet Terror, (4) Kill Bill Vol 1, (5) Kill Bill Vol 2, (6) From Dusk Til Dawn, and (7) From Dusk Til Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money.

So why not watch then in chronological order next time you have the chance.



  1. Because FDTD 3 and 2 are the biggest pieces of crap ever, also it doesn't fuckin make sense that Earl McGraw is an old man in Planet Terror and Death Proof while in FDTD 1 he's like 20 years younger.

    What I mean with this? First, your article sucks big time. Second, for Tarantino and R. Rodriguez it's just a inside joke to use the same characters again and again but it's not possible to set a timeline or include all the movies inside "one universe" cause it just doesn't fuckin make sense at all.

    1. in all reality the actor doesnt look that much different in death proof/ planet terror than when he was in FTTD 1, other than some gray hair, considering there is only 11 yrs between each movie

  2. Also how can the bar tender be in fdtd2 if he was clearly staked by Seth in the 1st fdtd I'm just sayin

  3. Desperado also comes into the universe thru Machetes life as a federale and the gun Sex Machine has in Dusk til Dawn 1 belonged to El mariachi even tho the Machete comics have that gun too

  4. He was also in a deleted scene from machete, which is in continuity with the Spy Kids films

  5. Thank you for this because I just watched Planet Terror and at the end where Rose McGowan is looking at the Aztec pyramid from the Dusk to Dawn movies, I'm like WTF?

  6. ... "Cherry darling" is in death proof... And dies. Your logic=nope.

  7. Well I know what I'm about to do with the rest of my day