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3 From Hell (2019) Review

3 From Hell Review

by Yo Adrian on September 27th, 2019 | | , , ,

3 From Hell was directed by Rob Zombie (who also directed HalloweenHalloween II and House of 1000 Corpses) and stars Sheri Moon Zombie (from The Lords of Salem31, The Devil’s Rejects), Bill Moseley (from BoarThe HordeAlmost Mercy) and the late Sid Haig (from AbruptioCynthiaDeath House). It’s about the last two surviving members of the Firefly family on the run from the law, again.

3 From Hell Review

3 From Hell is the third part of The Firefly Family trilogy following House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. Everyone was alive and well in House of 1000 Corpses, only three were left in The Devil’s Rejects and only two survived for 3 From Hell. I know, the name 3 From Hell makes you think that all 3 psychos from the Devil’s Rejects survived, and they did at first, but then they didn’t.

Apparently, and this is not a spoiler in any way, all three survived being shot up at the end of The Devil’s Rejects. They were stuck in the hospital for a year before going on trial for serial killing and were all eventually locked up. Captain Spaulding, everyone favorite sadistic clown, was on death row and got executed before the movie even got rolling. His part in this movie maybe took up 10 minutes of runtime (turns out Sid Haig was in poor health and sadly passed away shortly after the release of this film). The third guy in 3 From Hell turned out to be just some half brother that helped spring Otis from the joint who later helped spring Baby. This is basically where the movie starts, killers on the run.

3 From Hell gives you more of what fans of the Firefly’s want to see. Grit, grime, gore and a lot of colorful characters. The new third member of the Firefly crew is Richard Brake, the same guy who played Doom Head in Rob Zombie’s 31, hands down the most charismatic killer in that movie.

But, what 3 From Hell doesn’t give fans is a satisfying experience. The Firefly trio are very out of character throughout the first part of the movie. Otis and Spaulding, both unapologetically depraved to the core, try to claim innocence in this one and blame their troubles on “the system” for some reason. Baby, who has always been a bit crazy, goes absolutely loony bin over-the-top crazy. And Rondo (Danny Trejo) who was a hardcore hit man before is a very not hardcore submissive in this one. All very unexpected to say the least.

Again, none of these are really spoilers, all this unfolds within the first part of the movie, but I found it odd to change all character personalities so dramatically.

Overall 3 From Hell gives you what you want to see, it’s just all packaged up a bit different from House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects and it ranks at the bottom of this trilogy for me, possibly even second to last of all Rob Zombie movies, just above The Lords of Salem.

Worth Watching?

Only if you’re a big fan of The Devil’s Rejects or of Rob Zombie movies in general. As a standalone movie it doesn’t really pack the gut punch the other two movies in this trilogy do.


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