• Name: 3 From Hell
• Year: 2019
• Country: USA
• Director: Rob Zombie
• Main cast: Sheri Moon Zombie, Richard Brake, Bill Moseley, Sid Haig
• Runtime: 111 minutes
• Production company: Capital Arts Entertainment, Spookshow International
Once upon a time, there was a young boy born in Massachusetts, USA, that was a big fan of horror movies, comics, Charles Manson and heavy music. That guy grew up leading one of the best alternative metal bands of the late 1980s and early 1990s called White Zombie, and then he became one of the best characters in the nowadays heavy music scene and a cult horror filmmaker. His name is Rob Zombie, and he is the position to be able to do whatever he wants in music and movies. So what has he done now for the big screen?
3 From Hell (2019) is the third part in Rob Zombie’s called The Devil’s Rejects trilogy, following the events happened in House of 1000 Corpses (2003) and The Devil’s Rejects (2005), perpetrated by the Firefly Family. And one can see the evolution of little Rob as a filmmaker, from his early films until now, with a quite long career with a long list of collaborations and feature 8 films including the here present. And, again, he has done whatever he wanted.
The movie is written, directed and produced by Rob Zombie, starred by his wife Sheri Moon Zombie and many of his pals in real life like Richard Brake, Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, Danny Trejo, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Dee Wallace, and many others. The plot of the movie is something one could believe Zombie to be a sucker for: a group of serial killers supported by other serial killers, trying to escape from a prison where they have been treated with doubtfully fairness, and going on a spiral of violence and madness spreading corpses wherever they pass.
The movie is a clear homage to exploitation films of the late 1960s and 1970s, those movies full of dirt, bad guys, sex and violence. An excellent director of photography as he was since his early films, Rob Zombie has achieved now enough experience to surpass what was his weakest point: storytelling. 3 From Hell (2019) starts as a blast, making one wonder if we are going to witness the best movie of the decade, but understandably it can’t maintain so much power for too long, or it might become too exhausting. Plus it must develop some story, right? So, okay, the movie speeds down, but then it becomes interesting. And intense, but in other terms.
With an audience already devoted since the beginning, the images, performances, and music are so raw that one can smell the dust, blood, and powder. The narration pace and editing this time is completely at the service of the intensity of the film. It is very hard to see big weak points in 3 From Hell (2019), it’s these kinds of films that you might like or not but stays as a block. Because, obviously, with a plot and setup like this, it is clear that this movie is not for the big masses. There is no fanciness and mercy here.
If Quentin Tarantino did his homage to the classic Hollywood cinema of the late 1960s, focusing on the glamour, success, luxury and the people inside moviemaking with Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019), Rob Zombie played his special tribute to the other side of American movies. The nastiness, revenge, serial killers and criminals style. And, maybe accidentally or maybe not, also serves as the perfect farewell to one of the most beloved actors of the scene, being in uncountable horror and exploitation films since the 1960s, the recently deceased Sid Haig. Captain Spaulding represents the side of society America wants to kill, but we all know it will never die.
IMDB URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt8134742
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