I’m a fan of Rob Zombie’s films. He hasn’t made a movie that I didn’t enjoy. I love House of 1k Corpses, Devil’s Rejects is one of my favorite films of all time, even 31 has moments of greatness. When I learned that Zombie was making a third film in the Firefly series, I didn’t know what to think. The 3 very clearly died at the end of Rejects, so barring some supernatural event, such as Dr. Satan resurrecting them, how could they come back from that? Well, I would soon learn their fate when I attended the limited 3 day Fathom Events screening of the UNRATED version of 3 From Hell. Turns out it was pretty simple to bring them back from a hail of gunfire. You just have them survive. Granted, this take away some of the power from the ending of Rejects, but not enough to ruin it or anything, and if it allows for a setup to a new movie, I’m all for it. Not a lot of time was spent explaining exactly how they survived, just that they took about 20 bullets each, and miraculously survived surgery. Whether or not you find that believable, I guess, is up to you.
Now that all of that is out of the way, did I enjoy Rob Zombie’s latest effort? Why yes, yes I did. I saw it at the theater, as I mentioned above, and then I watched it twice when the Blu-ray arrived for review, and it held up upon multiple viewings. Now, that’s to say that it’s a perfect film, there is a thing or two I’d love to have changed, but the main thing is the severe lack of Sid Haig. As I understand it, though, that couldn’t be helped. As evidenced by his death shortly after the release, Sid wasn’t in the greatest health, and the fact that he was able to appear in the film at all is admirable. One thing I’d like to correct, however, is the suggestion that 3 From Hell is Sid’s last movie. Sid has another movie on the horizon called Hanukkah, which I’m told was filmed after 3 From Hell had wrapped. So look out for that if you’re a fan of the man’s work.
Overall, 3 From Hell is a satisfying continuation of the Firefly saga. It definitely suffers from Sid Haig’s absence, but Richard Brake does his absolute best to make up for it. I love Brake, in everything he does. I think he’s an amazing actor. Mosely is as good as always, and say what you will about Sheri Moon Zombie, but she turn in quite a performance in this movie. Let’s talk about the Blu-ray release. The picture quality is excellent, with an AVC-encoded 1080p transfer presented in 1.85:1, and an impressive Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio track, the video and audio presentation are top notch. I haven’t seen the 4K disc, but I’d be surprised if it wasn’t even more impressive than the Blu-ray. If you’re not 4K ready yet, however, the Blu-ray release is amazing. On top of the stellar picture and sound quality, as with most of Zombie’s movies, included is a 4-part feature length documentary on the behind the scenes comings and goings. This release of Rob Zombie’s latest epic is highly recommended.