The Movie: 5/10
You know me. You know I love a horror flick, good, bad, or ugly. I’m not afraid of fake gore, bad acting, lame stories, over the top bad guys, and writing/directing that feels like it crawled right out of a pretentious backside…Rob Zombie must love me too. He gives me all the stuff, for better or worse 3 From Hell takes me on a ride that entertains and makes me roll my eyes at the same time. I dig it.
Yes, it’s totally radical at times. Yes, it makes you shake your head and roll your eyes. Yes, it’s too much and too little and too crass and too dumb and too bloody and too angry, and yet all combined in Zombie’s world, it works.
Our ultimate creepy f***ing criminal siblings have miraculously recovered from the ending of their last movie. In spite of countless bullets they received as they tried to thwart law enforcement after their previous murdering rampage, they are alive and well and heading for the border. Look out Mexico, we have an export you will not want.
What can anyone say about these characters and the choices they make? I sit with my fingers on the keyboard, mind digging through the movie scene by scene, and yet I find words hard to come by that can tell you what to expect. I can’t.
There are bad performances and good ones. There is excessive gore and bad dialogue, alongside some sneaky social commentary. There is some raunchiness and some awkwardness. All this and still I have to say, I enjoy Rob Zombie movies, I think. Sometimes I wonder if I am liking it or if I’m just overwhelmed by the onslaught and I don’t know how to react.
Let’s say I liked it, but I don’t need more of these specific characters to torment anyone else in their fictional world.
- Audio Commentary With Rob Zombie
- To Hell And Back: The Making Of 3 From Hell (1 hour 34 Minutes) – As always with a Rob Zombie film you get a feature length making of which is almost better than the movie. Highly recommended you give this a watch.
- 4K, Blu-ray & Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 8/10
3 From Hell is an intentionally grimy and dirty looking film that comes across well on 4k and in 1080P. Almost every shot has been tweaked in some way with either a filter or added grain so its hard to judge if it technically looks great. Detail is extremely good on close ups and HDR gives some of the scenes an added pop. Still there is not a ton of difference between both versions that are included.
A good horror film lives and dies on the quality of the audio and Zombie has brought us an ear shattering Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mix which lives up to the action onscreen. The film is full of music and gunshots if you are fan of those you will be in heaven. Dialog is central and nicely prioritized in the mix.
Overall Score 5/10