3 From Hell Blu Ray Review (Lionsgate)
3 From Hell is a sequel that I am surprised was even made considering the end of The Devil’s Rejects. Director Rob Zombie managed pulled it off & made it work. You know what to expect from the script & dialogue when it comes to the rocker filmmaker. It’s the same style of material that fits this Firefly family universe. It has some really great one liners plus catchy phrases, movie references, & it’s just straight up fun to watch. Yes, it loaded with plenty of foul language & still has that white trash vibe to it so it can be hit or miss. Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, & Sheri Moon Zombie are naturals when it comes to this twisted world. Bill Moseley shines in this role, he always gives a great performance as the demented Otis. I am not going to lie, Sheri Moon Zombie can be very hit or miss when it comes to acting but in this trilogy she knows exactly how to play this character perfect. She keeps up with her co-stars & adds so much entertainment to these movies. She is also great eye candy & she definitely delivers in that department. Unfortunately, Sid Haig was very sick during the production so he was only able to do a cameo in this. So don’t expect lots of Captain Spaulding screen time in 3 From Hell because he is only in it for a few minutes. It’s a shame because he is top notch in his small role. Yeah, you pretty much guessed it by now. Richard Brake’s character was supposed to be Sid Haig before he couldn’t handle a full shooting schedule. Winslow Foxworth “Foxy” Coltrane is more than a filler role tho, his chemistry with Otis is off the charts. The entire family is just so damn good together. Brake is a great addition to Bill Moseley & Sheri Moon Zombie for this much anticipated follow up. This feels more like The Devil’s Rejects than House of 1000 Corpses. I will say that I wasn’t a big fan of the use of the CGI here, it came off looking real cheap. Like every other Zombie feature, it had a solid supporting cast that included lots of familiar faces like Richard Edson, Pancho Moler, Clint Howard (Ice Cream Man), Daniel Roebuck (The Devil’s Rejects), Wade Williams (Prison Break), Sean Whalen (The People Under the Stairs), Bill Oberst Jr. (Circus of the Dead), Austin Stoker (Assault on Precinct 13), Lucinda Jenney (Thinner), Richard Riehle (Casino), Chaz Bono (American Horror Story), Danny Trejo, Tom Papa (The Haunted World of El Superbeasto), Steven Michael Quezada (Breaking Bad), & Duane Whitaker (Pulp Fiction). 3 From Hell didn’t have one main villain, it basically had three different ones during this whole wild journey. I’ve only seen Dee Wallace play a heel a few times in her accomplished career but I’ve never seen her like this before. She was brutal & you actually kinda hated her which is very hard to do with the lovable actress. I thought this was one of her best performances so far especially in a long time. Jeff Daniel Phillips was sleazy & abused his power as the ambitious warden. He was beyond unlikable in this & that’s in the company of some evil individuals He made Otis, Baby, & Foxy look like good guys compared to him so that’s a major accomplishment when it comes to his acting. I’ve always been a big fan of Emilio Rivera but he usually only gets smaller or side parts so it was awesome to see him as the final bad guy in the movie. He is under-rated, his character & his crew stood out in this. I loved the look & vibe they had going on. It made the finale worth waiting for & that brutal family had some serious competition. Zombie definitely delivered on the violence & gore, horror fans will be pleased by all the chaos that comes along on the screen. Plus it has all kinds of nudity in it so expect some sleaze. I am still beyond shocked that this barely got a theatrical run for it’s release. I think it was put out worldwide in October, it would have made a killing, It’s going to do amazing on home video but I feel like they missed out on a big opportunity here. It’s not as good as the previous two features but it’s still lots of fun & a very entertaining experience, RECOMMENDED!!!!
Let’s talk about the high definition presentation from Lionsgate! This 1080p (1.85:1) transfer looks great especially for it’s lower budget. It has the same gritty cinematography as The Devil’s Rejects. It does feel like it’s happening after all those gruesome events. I would have loved to cover the 4K disc. It has two different cuts of the feature on this release, the unrated & the Rated R versions. The English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 track sounds top notch on this release. The dialogue is very clean, all the madness is elevated, & the music has a killer boost to it. It’s very impressive in the home set up. It also has English SDH, French, & Spanish subtitles. Both picture & sound are at a high level, it’s a great viewing experience at home. I guess that’s going to be main audience for this production rather than a major release.