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3 From Hell Blu-ray Review

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“3 From Hell” will appeal to fans of Rob Zombie’s horror franchise.

When we last saw Baby, Captain Spaulding and Otis, they were shot up in the sequel to “House Of 1000 Corpses” “The Devil’s Rejects.” In the third installment of the franchise titled “3 From Hell,” we learn that all 3 miraculously survived the shootout and were imprisoned. SPOILER ALERT Spaulding is eventually executed END SPOILER ALERT, but Otis and Baby are still alive. Otis manages to escape prison with the help of his half-brother Foxy and the two set out to free Baby (which they do). After that, the new trio flee to Mexico, but trouble finds them there when past deeds catch up with them.

As a fan of the first two films, I was looking forward to “3 From Hell.” Unfortunately, the movie didn’t quite pan out as advertised. I’m not one to go into spoilers here, but I must for the case of this review. For those expecting a full movie about Baby, Otis and Captain Spaulding, I’m afraid that is not the case. As per Rob Zombie’s commentary track, the initial plan was to have the 3 characters in the entire film. However, due to Sid Haig’s health issues (who sadly recently passed away), he was unable to have a starring role. As a result, he is only in the movie for roughly 2 minutes but there is closure with the character. To replace the presence of Spaulding, Zombie brings on actor Richard Brake who appeared in two of Zombie’s other works (“31” and “Halloween 2”). The actor does a commendable job filling that void and creating chemistry with Sheri Moon Zombie (Baby) and Bill Moseley (Otis) as Foxy, but the movie still severely lacks the presence of Sid Haig. Captain Spaulding was easily the best and most iconic character in this franchise and it’s just not the same without him.

In terms of the movie itself, it’s rather aimless. Writer/director Rob Zombie continues to struggle with dialogue as the script is largely filled with expletives and the violence filled story feels like a bit of a retread of the superior “The Devil’s Rejects.”I will say the beginning with the documentary is easily the highlight of the entire film. Flaws aside, I imagine many fans will just be happy to spend more time with these deranged characters.

In terms of the new characters, there are two stand-outs. Pancho Moler (Sebastian) and Richard Edson as the sleazy hotel owner Carlos steal every scene they are in.

Note: Both the rated and unrated versions of “3 From Hell” are included here.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? The stylized, gritty film shines in hi-def.

Audio Track: 7.1 Dolby TrueHD. How does it sound? An effective track.

Extras:
* Digital Copy
* DVD copy
* Lionsgate trailers
* “To Hell And Back: The Making Of 3 From Hell”- Rare to see long, in depth 90 minute plus extras like this nowadays so it’s nice to see. Expect tons of interviews, set footage, behind-the-scenes stories, and more.
* A thoughtful and insightful commentary by Rob Zombie.

October 13, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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