Director: Rob Zombie
Cast: Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, Richard Brake
Release Date: October 15, 2019
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 7.5/10
Disc Rating: 9/10
First there was House of 1000 Corpses. Then there was The Devil’s Rejects. Now, from writer-director Rob Zombie, comes the next blood-soaked chapter in the most violent crime saga in movie history — 3 From Hell. After barely surviving a furious shootout with the police, Baby Firefly (Sheri Moon Zombie), Otis Driftwood (Bill Moseley), and Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) are behind bars. But pure evil cannot be contained, and a firestorm of murder, madness, and mayhem will be released in this terror ride to Hell… and back.
Following the events of ‘House Of 1000 Corpses’ and ‘The Devil’s Rejects’, Rob Zombie returns us to the world of the Firefly family in ‘3 From Hell’ which picks up following the explosive conclusion of ‘Rejects’ to find Otis (Mosely), Baby (Moon Zombie) and Captain Spaulding (Haig) miraculously surviving the standoff with police only to be locked away for their various horrendous crimes. As over a decade comes and goes, Otis finally escapes from incarceration with some assistance from his half brother (Brake) leading the two to embark on a mission to try and break out the still imprisoned Baby from jail so that these Three From Hell can be free to embark upon their next blood-soaked spree of death and carnage.
Written and directed once again by Rob Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects, The Lords Of Salem) who does a fantastic job at the helm of ‘3 From Hell’ perfectly falling back in step with the characters that originally began his filmmaking career and smoothly guiding along the nasty fun with his unique style. The film also features a solid cast comprised of many Zombie film regulars and includes Sheri Moon Zombie (The Lords Of Salem), Bill Moseley (House of 1000 Corpses), Richard Brake (31), Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects), Jeff Daniel Phillips (The Lords of Salem), Dee Wallace (Critters), Emilio Rivera (TV’s Mayans MC) and Danny Trejo (Machete) along with more, and nearly all delivering capable and perfectly fitting performances in each of their respective roles for the most part.
‘3 From Hell’ is a wildly entertaining, bloody and dementedly humorous new film from writer/director Rob Zombie that returns viewers to his most popular group of characters. It carves up another dark, sadistic set of events and enemies for these oddly lovable psychopaths to take on (or take out), even if it occasionally finds itself trying to rehash more notable moments from ‘The Devil’s Rejects’ instead of trying to be something as unique and different as the previous two films were to each other. Bill Mosely and Sheri Moon Zombie effortlessly fall back into their respective roles of Otis and Baby without missing a beat, and while the limited screen time of the ever magnificent Sid Haig (may he rest in peace) definitely creates a sense of absence throughout much of the film, fortunately the talented Richard Brake makes for a nice addition to the series that helps balance everything out, while also fitting into the mix more smoothly than you may expect.
Fans of Rob Zombie’s uniquely grimy filmmaking style will definitely find plenty to appreciate about ‘3 From Hell’ and should have quite a bit of fun with this fast paced, gory and darkly humorous new outing that delivers plenty of insane fun and carnage from start to finish, and while it may not be quite as spectacular as ‘The Devil’s Rejects’, it still comes together quite nicely (especially considering the troubled production and necessary alterations out of their control) and makes for a third installment worthy of joining what are undoubtedly Rob Zombie’s two most popular films to date. I would definitely strongly urge any fans of Zombie’s filmmaking work (and fans of ‘Corpses’ and ‘Rejects’ even more so) to go out of your way to check ‘3 From Hell’ out whenever possible. It’s a crazy, twisted and blood-drenched good time you won’t want to even consider missing out on.
Overall, ‘3 From Hell’ is a grimy, gory and darkly funny follow-up to filmmaker Rob Zombie’s ‘The Devil’s Rejects’ and ‘House of 1000 Corpses’ that rejoins our sadistic antiheroes for a chaotic, swiftly paced and massively entertaining new installment in the saga of the murderous Firefly Family. ‘3 From Hell’ is highly recommended for fans of Rob Zombie’s unique moviemaking style and especially for hardcore fans of the previous two films in the series who surely won’t want to miss out on the long-awaited third installment in this demented family’s blood soaked misadventures. It should at the absolute least prove well worth a couple hours of your time and the price of a rental for anyone that wasn’t able to catch it during its limited theatrical run. Fans of Zombie’s films making a blind purchase shouldn’t find themselves disappointed either.
The Blu-ray release of ‘3 From Hell’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation of the Unrated cut utilizing the film’s original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks magnificent altogether and provides a sharp, smooth and richly detailed presentation from start to finish that also includes heaps of grain and other intentional artifacts during the documentary style footage, doing a great job of capturing the tone and what I can only assume is the intended look throughout. It holds up smoothly even during the various darkly lit and fast moving sequences, never resulting in anything onscreen becoming negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a fantastic high definition video presentation that delivers beautifully throughout and should easily thrill fans.
The Blu-ray release features a 7.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack serves up a crisp, clean and frequently aggressive audio presentation throughout. It continually takes advantage of all seven available channels in order to send the perfect music selections, along with gunshots, screams, bits of dialogue and plenty more zipping throughout the various speakers regularly, and never causing any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, this is a wonderful 7.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtrack that contributes plenty of extra fun and chaos to the viewing experience and shouldn’t disappoint in the slightest.
The Blu-ray release of ‘3 From Hell’ includes a couple fantastic extras that fans should thoroughly appreciate. Included on the release is an ‘Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Rob Zombie’, in addition to the 4-part feature length Documentary ‘To Hell And Back: The Making of 3 From Hell’ (running approximately 94 minutes in length) which explores in depth bringing the film to life, along with the various challenges in doing so; including interviews/comments with the cast and crew, plus behind the scenes footage, as well as footage of pre-production meetings, discussions and much more.
*Please note that the above images are taken from the Blu-Ray and resized. They will additionally suffer quality loss as a result of .jpg compression. Larger versions of each image can be viewed by clicking on the image. All images and content included on this Blu-Ray release are the property of their respective owners.
Film Rating: 7.5/10
Disc Rating: 9/10
Rob Zombie’s ‘3 From Hell’ Arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD & Digital on October 15, 2019 from Saban Films & Lionsgate Home Entertainment
You can purchase your copy of ‘3 From Hell’ by clicking on the Amazon cart icon below!