3 from Hell – USA, 2019 – reviews

Home viewing releases:

In the UK, 3 from Hell is released on Digital Download, Blu-ray and DVD on 14th October from Lionsgate UK

In the USA, 3 from Hell will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on October 15th from Lionsgate.

Special features for UK and US releases:

  • Audio commentary with writer-director Rob Zombie
  • To Hell and Back: The Making of 3 From Hell – featurette

Meanwhile, here’s our previous coverage of the movie, with a slew of review quotes/links:

3 from Hell is a 2019 American action crime horror feature film written and directed by Rob Zombie (31; The Lords of Salem; Halloween and sequel). The movie stars Sid HaigSheri Moon Zombie and Bill Moseley, reprising their roles from The Devil’s Rejects (2005), despite the fact that their characters died in that movie! The latter was a sequel to House of 1000 Corpses (2000).


“While I do still wish the ending of The Devil’s Rejects had been the end for these characters, I did find 3 from Hell to be a decent sequel. I enjoyed watching it and will be watching it again. Now hopefully someone will give Zombie the funding he needs to branch out and do something different with his next movies.” Cody Hammam, Arrow in the Head

“There’s the faintest promise of something subversive in this setup, derivative (as so much of the director’s work is) but still keyed into a culturally fresh true-crime fascination. It doesn’t take long to realize, of course, that Zombie isn’t critiquing a national fixation on ultra-violence—he’s just indulging his own, without irony or much energy.” A.A. Dowd, AV Club

3 from Hell is a movie for people raised on video games who think that inserting the word “mtherfcker” into every other line makes the filmmaker some type of Tarantino peer. The writing is abysmal. I could quote some of the trash that comes out of Otis and Baby’s mouths, and you wouldn’t believe these were lines from an actual script written by an established filmmaker.” The Beat 

“Whereas The Lords of Salem saw him breaking free of any box his previous work had put him in, 3 from Hell sees him stepping right back into the comfort of that box, returning to a world that he just doesn’t seem to have anything left to say about. At two-hours long, it’s a bloated, ugly experience, doing a disservice to great characters and to Zombie’s greatest achievement as a filmmaker.” John Squires, Bloody Disgusting

“If you’ve been longing to spend more time with Spaulding, Otis, and Baby, 3 From Hell might satiate that desire, or it might possibly remind you that it’s best to end on a high note than attempt to revive a magical alchemy, with this outing feeling far more like a home video release of The Devil’s Rejects 2.5 that featured the deleted scenes from that film more than a story worth devoting two hours of your time to.” Patrick Cavanaugh, ComicBook.com

” …a lot of fun and it feels like Zombie has grown a bit as a visual storyteller to boot. Led by some truly excellent performances by Rob’s frequent collaborators and a wholly unexpected story that thematically shares some DNA with The Devil’s Rejects, but never feels like a narrative retread in any way…” Heather Wixson, Daily Dead

“It’s silly to complain that Zombie didn’t put a lot of thought into the story, as he rarely ever seems to, working more instinctively and visually (when his movies do have real subtext, it often seems accidental or subconscious). But maybe it’s time to show him a wider range of movies and give him some more diverse influences to chew on.” Luke Y. Thompson, Forbes

“Unnecessary and undermines the incredible ending to The Devil’s Rejects but a strangely enjoyable and entertaining ride nevertheless. Sheri Moon is compulsively watchable in this and it might be Rob Zombie’s funniest movie to date. The 3rd act admittedly takes a weird turn into Robert Rodriguez territory but I liked seeing these characters again and couldn’t stop smiling at the style and aesthetic.” Nicolas David Meise, Letterboxd

3 from Hell has moments of abject horror, but fans of Zombie’s autumnal provocations will be rewarded with his most earnest and laid back nightmare yet. The wounds are still deep, the screams still linger, but for the first time, it’s an uncomplicated pleasure to live in his jagged compositions, basking in the chummy rapport of monsters.” Scout Tafoya, RogerEbert.com

While the “suburban living room massacre” doesn’t really top the previous film’s “hotel room atrocity” sequence, I did enjoy the knife-throwing contest scene. Is 3 From Hell a good film? It’s hard to say. If you hate Zombie’s work you have no reason to see it. If you liked The Devil’s Rejects you’ll probably like it – although it really only begins to be enjoyable in the second, more action-packed half.” Shawn Garrett, Rue Morgue

“Kaleidoscope-swirly barroom blackouts and “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” marijuana-trippy interludes are a hypnotizing brand of debauchery. It’s more that Rob Zombie is out of structural f*cks to give, which translates into repugnant world-burning injustice. The Fireflys have exhausted warnings worth repeating, but that won’t stop ‘em from blabbering or killing. Alas, maybe it’s time to put these ol’ devil dogs down for good.” Matt Donato, We Got This Covered

Theatrical release:

Meanwhile, Lionsgate and Saban Films has released Rob Zombie’s 3 from Hell, the follow-up to House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. The film was released in nearly 900 select movie theaters on September 16, 17 and 18, 2019 through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). Fathom Events will broadcast the unrated version to theaters with each night featuring unique bonus content.

“This event is a long time coming,” says Zombie. “The journey of these characters has always been special to me and I am thrilled to finally let the fans experience the next episode of the Firefly madness. This project was a true labour of love for everyone involved and we know we have created something amazing for the loyal followers of these films. Let the insanity begin!”

On April 11, 2018, Bill Moseley posted on his Facebook account that principal filming had wrapped and that it was a “masterpiece”. However, as Rob Zombie is co-headlining a tour with Marilyn Manson, editing on the movie will be delayed for some time.

Cast and characters:

  • Sid Haig … Captain Spaulding
  • Sheri Moon Zombie … Baby Firefly
  • Bill Moseley … Otis Firefly
  • Dee Wallace
  • Jeff Daniel Phillips
  • Daniel Roebuck … Morris Green
  • Emilio Rivera
  • Billy Blair
  • Clint Howard … Mr. Baggy Britches
  • Danny Trejo … Rondo
  • Sylvia Jeffries …Heather Starship Galen
  • Bill Oberst Jr. … Tony Commando
  • Austin Stoker
  • Tom Papa
  • David Ury
  • Dot-Marie Jones
  • Richard Edson
  • Kevin Jackson … Gerald James
  • Richard Riehle
  • Christopher B. Duncan … Glassy Wolf
  • Pancho Moler
  • David Ury
  • Jan Hoag … Betty Lou
  • Tomas Boykin … Derek Zoom
  • Stacie Greenwell … Janice

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