By midlandsmovies, Jan 16 2020 07:29AM
3 from Hell (2019) Dir. Rob Zombie
3 from hell is the third instalment in the blood soaked Firefly trilogy written and directed by Rob Zombie. The film follows on from 2005’s cult spectacle ‘The Devils Rejects’ following Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie), Otis (Bill Moseley) and Winslow ‘Foxy’ Coltrane (Richard Brake).
After the unfortunate passing of Sid Haig (Captain Spalding) the film underwent re-writes that saw the character replaced by Richard Brakes character. The film centres around these three fiendish nihilists as they embark on a journey from incarceration to the freedom of anarchy.
Firstly the question needs to be asked… Did we need this film? NO…
The film had the same budget as the final 45 minutes of The Devils Rejects said Rob Zombie on ‘The Joe Rogan Experience.’
This film felt like a rush to the finish line for me. Zombie has gifts; he really does. And I'd rather see him using them with fresh material than repeating himself, which is what he did to some extent in 2016's 31 and also here. This film lacked that dirty, nasty, gross taste we expect with a Rob Zombie film and instead replaces it with silly humour and Hollywood production.
The film gradually feels more Hollywood, with the standard tropes, as we approach the third act which unsurprisingly presents itself like one big reshot third act, almost completely separating us from themes and character arcs presented in the first half of the film.
You have all the pieces of a great Rob Zombie picture here: hilarious comic book dialogue, gruesome violence, and charismatic anti-heroes. And 3 From Hell is as extreme as it is whimsical, and as gratuitous as it is provocative. And the Western elements are omnipresent in this one, building upon the style of The Devil's Rejects.
But unfortunately we don’t get that, we get a patchy, corny, and at times, a face-palming ordeal.