Samantha Highfill
March 11, 2014 AT 05:51 PM EDT

From Dusk Till Dawn director Robert Rodriguez is ready to take on his next venture as founder of the El Rey network, which is described on its website as “a white-knuckled suicide leap into a chum bucket filled with the sex, gore, and fist-pumping action that’ll have you screaming.”

And Tuesday night, the network will premiere a new TV version of Rodriguez’s 1996 film, also titled From Dusk Till Dawn. But first, we sat down with the director/founder to talk about the movie that scared him as a child, his first celebrity crush, and more. To get you warmed up, here’s one answer you won’t see in the video: When asked about something in pop culture that he knows nothing about, Rodriguez replied, “What’s Snooki?”

Watch Rodriguez take our Pop Culture Personality Test below:

Bonus answers: As a kid, Rodriguez’s family would stay up late on Friday nights, make breakfast tacos, and watch late-night episodes of The Twilight Zone and Star Trek. As he put it, “It doesn’t get better than that.”

Lastly, Rodriguez’s prized pop culture possession is a Japanese replica of Rick Deckard’s gun from Blade Runner. And yes, it shoots red lasers.

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