I think the movie unravels the second Selma Hayek morphs into a vampire. For example, all this time is spent setting up the tension between George Clooney needing to keep his psycho brother off of Juliette Lewis. The hostage rape, Quentin’s insanity, and the fact that Clooney’s character gives Harvey Keitel his word, even when we’ve already seen that he can’t control his brother, sets up this great tension. Then, in a flash, it’s gone. That thread, along with everything interesting in the movie so far, is severed. It’s a shame, because I think they could have kept the vampires and still made a good movie.
That is an interesting point, but I think that starting to develop the characters and giving the audience the illusion of that type of film and then totally ripping everything away to show an entirely different beast was a good idea. I have always wanted to write a horror film where, as kind of an intro, we get to see the first couple killed before we move onto the main characters. But instead of just a quick killing at the start, you have like 10-15 minutes of character development and the start of a film so that the audience is fooled into thinking that these guys are main characters and then they are killed simply and quickly. Then we move onto the main character’s stories.