I'm not going to drain you completely. You'll be my slave because I don't think you're worthy of human blood, you'll feed on the blood of stray dogs. You'll be my footstool and at my command you'll lick the dog shit from my boot heel. Since you'll be my dog, your new name will be...Spot. Welcome to slavery!
Santánico Pandemonium to Seth Gecko in From Dusk Till Dawn.

This article is about the character from the film series, you may be looking for the TV series character of the same name - Santánico Pandemonium (TV Series).

Santánico Pandemonium, formerly known as Esmeralda, was a character who first appeared in the first film of the film series. She was the Vampire Queen of the Titty Twister and a former dhampir before being turned by her mother and grandmother. She is eventually killed by Seth when he shot a chandelier and it impaled her.



Santánico was born a dhampir in 1894 to The Hangman and Quixtla. She never knew her mother as her father raised her himself instead.

Throughout the years the Hangman abused her and tried to raise her as a human, so as she wouldn't go back to her mother.


She was seen witnessing Johnny Madrid about to be executed by her father, but when she is noticed, he whips her on her back. After Johnny's noose is shot off, he grabs her and she begins to fall for him. They arrive at the La Tetilla del Diablo and she feels drawn to Quixtla and the place. It's then revealed she is the daughter of Quixtla and is the vampire princess. She completes her transformation into a full fledged vampire and kills her grandmother. She also turns her father into a vampire and when Johnny leaves, she begs for him to come back, but the door closes.

Throughout From Dusk Till DawnEdit

She dances at the Titty Twister where she danced and easily seduced Richie Gecko and then, one of the vampires appeared and stabbed Richie in his injured hand with a knife, making all the vampires get caught up by the blood, making Santánico feed from him and then turns him into a vampire. She then attacks Seth and tells him he'll turn for her and become her new slave. She then welcomes him into slavery and he shoots the chandelier above them, moving away and letting it hit her, and kills her in the process.

Physical AppearanceEdit

She has long dark brown hair with tanned skin and a voluptuous body. In her vampire form, she looks like a reptile, with flaked skin, snake eyes, with pointed ears and fangs.


She is very seductive, using her gorgeous figure to seduce everyone in the Titty Twister, with the exception of Kate Fuller and the other vampires. She is also undoubtedly cruel, as evidenced by her plans to make Seth Gecko her vampire slave.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

  • Immortality- Vampires do not age or decay and are immune to death by disease/sickness.
  • Superhuman Strength- Santanico has strength superior to humans.
  • Shapeshifting- Santanico can change from a normal human appearance to a more feral and vampiric appearance.


  • Sunlight- Vampires are vulnerable to the sunlight and will die of exposure to it.
  • Staked- Santanico is vulnerable to stakes to the heart, which will kill her.
  • Extraction- Santanico is vulnerable to heart extraction.
  • Decapitation- While some vampires are vulnerable to decapitation, some such as Nano and Sex Machine, have shown to regrow a snake or a more monstrous appearance after said head is taken off.




  • Esmeralda is Spanish and means "resembling a prized emerald".


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