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3 from Hell (2019)

Directed by Rob Zombie

Crime | Thriller

Most recently watched by sensoria, sleestakk

Overview

After barely surviving a furious shootout with the police, Baby Firefly, Otis Driftwood and Captain Spaulding are behind bars. But pure evil cannot be contained. Teaming up with Otis’ half-brother Winslow, the demented Firefly clan escape to unleash a whole new wave of murder, madness and mayhem.

Rated R | Length 115 minutes

Actors

Richard Brake | Lucinda Jenney | Sid Haig | Richard Edson | Sean Whalen | Danny Trejo | Duane Whitaker | Barry Bostwick | Clint Howard | Richard Riehle | Sheri Moon Zombie | Bill Moseley | Daniel Roebuck | Wade Williams | Noel Gugliemi | Emilio Rivera | Jeff Daniel Phillips | Steven Michael Quezada | Dee Wallace | Matthew Willig | Pancho Moler | Christopher B. Duncan | Tomas Boykin | Austin Stoker | Bill Oberst Jr. | Jan Hoag | Tom Papa | Billy Blair | Sylvia Jefferies | Flor de Maria Chahua | Dot-Marie Jones | David Ury | Mariano Mendoza | Stacie Greenwell | Kevin Jackson | Rob Welsh | Anny Rosario | Tracey A. Leigh

Viewing Notes

Skipped this on its theatrical release mainly b/c I didn’t didn’t want to pay $15+ to watch a sequel to a film I didn’t care for all that much. And the WOM wasn’t very positive. Had the buzz been very favorable I may have considered it. Now having watched it I’m okay missing it on the big screen. It’s basically a hangout flick with the Firefly gang… spending 2 hours with evil, terrible people.

When 3 FROM HELL started I was into it, the setup that occurs after the end of The Devil’s Rejects. But as this film goes along I just became more indifferent to everything taking place. Let’s be real; this movie should not be 2 hours long. Rob Zombie doesn’t edit but he oversees the process and he’d be better off not doing that and just letting go of his babies. There’s plenty of spots throughout that where scenes drag or other scenes could be removed to keep the momentum. (I have no issues with long films if the time spent is meaningful for the story being told; this story just doesn’t earn a 2 hour runtime, imo)

If this movie had been streamlined to 90 minutes or so I may like it more b/c there are bursts and flourishes I enjoy. Yet at 2 hours it’s tedious at times. But I guess Robert really wanted to make a hangout film w/these characters. Also I just find it weird that these last two films really want the viewer to root for these criminals yet there’s really nothing redeeming about them other than their bond between each other. Guess I forgot that this entire trilogy was a period story (1970s). There are moments of this don’t feel 1970s despite Zombie’s best efforts. I’d say the polish on that Mexican cartel is a bit anachronistic even tho I do love their look. But yeah they don’t look 1970s so much nor do their weapons. Could be digital camera look and/or digital FX as well.

Overall I don’t dislike this movie but I don’t really like it despite a few fun performances (Sheri Moon is really good and much of the supporting cast has some fun moments). I probably wouldn’t watch this again* but I would like to revisit The Devil’s Rejects.

*after viewing the documentary I would consider listening to Robert’s commentary track bc I do appreciate his filmmaking even if I don’t care the story so much.

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