[Review] 3 From Hell
3 From Hell – First, there was House of 1000 Corpses. Then there were The Devil’s Rejects. Now, from writer/director Rob Zombie comes the next blood-soaked chapter in the most violent crime saga in history, 3 From Hell. Follow the crazed killers Baby Firefly, Captain Spaulding and Otis Driftwood as tey unleash bloody mayhem after escaping from prison. After being imprisoned for 10 years, the “Devil’s Rejects” are back at it again. Otis (Bill Moseley) escapes prison, meets Winslow (Richard Brake), and devises a plan to get his sister Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) out too. The Rejects make their way down the road and into Mexico, killing countless people on their way. They find a place to stay but are soon bombarded with a large group of killers; killers who are after these Three From Hell. Only one group can come out alive, and with the experience these three have, it’ll just have to be one great killing joyride.
I was anxious for this movie to come out because I was very eager to see how Rob Zombie was going to do in this one to bring the Firefly clan back together again. So, after 14 years since The Devil’s Rejects hit us back in 2005, we finally get the long-awaited sequel in the blood-hungry trilogy, 3 From Hell. I truly was hoping to be able to spend more time with the Firefly family and see how those 14 years in prison had changed them. For them to go into prison and 1978 and came out in 1992, just how would that affect them.
I was much aware that this film had been rewritten many times over with last-minute changes sadly because one of the leading actors simply couldn’t do their role any longer. It’s incredibly sad what happened and I know many people might not even want to Sid like he was, but of course, we really want more than anything for Sid to be happy and healthy again but the fact is that life just took its toll and Rob was forced to make drastic changes.
Being honest, how Zombie managed to bring the group back was a little out there, over 20 bullet holes blown into all 3 of them yet they still lived? The Devil really must take care of his own? No big deal I suppose, it worked and I guess that’s all that matters. However, I wished Sid wasn’t taken out like he was, an execution. I think he should have been written out as the one not making it through their final joy ride. It seems to me this would have made it a little bit easier to swallow, and much more believable.
And that’s how the movie opens, with several news reports covering the events of The Devil’s Rejects. Through the news reports, it’s revealed that Otis, Baby, and Captain Spaulding miraculously survived their shootout with the police and that they will soon be tried for their crimes. The trial is widely covered nationwide which resulted in many protests of the trio’s innocence. Many protestors are seen loudly and publicly chanting, ‘Free the Three’, screaming that their crimes were committed as a means to fight against the system. Despite this, while all three were still found guilty, only Otis and Baby managed to get life sentences, as Captain Spaulding is sentenced to execution by lethal injection.
So that the film could remain as ‘3’ they added newcomer Richard Brake, who played the part of Winslow Foxworth “Foxy” Coltrane, Otis’ half-brother. Coltrane shows up to help Otis escape from prison while he is outside doing work on a chain gang. In the process, Otis kills Rondo, who was also on the chain gang after having been arrested sometime after the end of the previous film and been sent to the same prison. Baby, meanwhile, unsuccessfully seeks parole, and has numerous run-ins with one of the female guards. This same guard being the main reason why Baby was able to escape. Once she does we plainly see that her mental state has further deteriorated since the beginning of her incarceration. I should rephrase that, excuse me, she’s just plain bat-shit crazy now. It’s fun watching her though, but some of the things she does are pretty far-fetched also. Like chasing down a naked woman who she brutally stabs in the middle of some old lady’s lawn in broad daylight without a care in the world who’s watching. She even waves at the old lady after she stands up.
The rest of the film is basically the 3 From Hell on the run from the law once again. Now reunited, the three are undecided as to what to do next but they eventually decide to run to Mexico, a decision that is made more pressing due to Baby’s growing instability. They do manage to successfully cross the border and head to a small town where all the townspeople are celebrating the Day of the Dead so hole up in the town’s only hotel where they can plan their next move. They worry about being recognized but quickly dismiss their concerns, unaware that the hotel’s owner has actually recognized them and has alerted Rondo’s son, Aquarius, to their location and are taken prisoner by his men. This causes a bloody gunfight at the O.K. Corral as both sides battle it out until one side is left standing.
I’m a major Zombie fan and loved all his films to date, good or bad, Rob is just a very talented person. But being an extremely big horror buff, I can’t say many good things about this movie. The main cause of this was the feeling of something missing. I’m not talking about the obvious, Sid, I mean even though all of the actors played their characters well, there just wasn’t much heart put into it; like they’re mostly going through the motions without any passion. It also felt like Rob took the structure of The Devil’s Rejects, making just enough changes to details in order to make this one seem different enough to give the go-ahead to. I really wanted to love this one so much, but I can only say it was okay. It’s definitely worth a watch, and maybe buying the DVD when it goes on sale to have for your Trilogy Collection. The sad thing is, my hearts really not in this review either, I’m just ready to be done with it.
The film itself was Very bloody and gruesome overall, as all Rob’s films are, and there’s no doubt about it being filled with profanity. It’s downright gritty, violent, sick, twisted and had plenty of dark humor. The soundtrack was excellent, including the spectacular slow-motion sequences, the cinematography truly amazing, especially in Mexico. The main dialogue was also great, just like the other films. But as I said, it was just okay, at least to me. RIP Sid Haig, your Captain Spaulding will no doubt go down in history as one of the most iconic horror characters of all time. And well deserved I might add.
Title: 3 From Hell
Release Date: September 16, 2019
Runtime: 1 hour, 55 minutes
Genre: Horror, Action, Drama
Studio: Lionsgate Films
Starring: Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, Sid Haig
MPAA Rated: R
Director(s): Rob Zombie
Reviewed by: Grim Magazine
Our Rating: 3.2 /5
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