It’s no secret that a few of us are big Rob Zombie fans so of course we went to night 1 of 3 From Hell’s theatrical release.
While sadly, Sid Haig has very little screen time due to surgery and physical rehab taking place right before filming, it was still fulfilling to see the relentless, murdering trio on screen again.
Richard Brake steps in as the Firefly siblings’ half brother, Foxy, who is just as deranged as they are. After all, disregard for human life runs in the family. While seeing a new face in the trio takes a few minutes of getting used to, he quickly proves himself to be one of the fam.
Bill Moseley seamlessly returns as Otis, just as we last saw him back in 2005. He has perfected this character, offering the same unyielding path of destruction while being utterly hilarious- at least for those of us with a sick sense of humor. I think I could watch Otis in just about any setting and be entertained.
The star of the show is unquestionably Baby, once again portrayed by Sheri Moon Zombie. Her performance was outstanding. In the previous films, Baby is clearly disturbed, toying with her victims and flaunting herself to her prey. This time, Sheri kicks it up to 11. Baby is absolutely psychotic now - so much so that at one point Otis even acknowledges it. Sheri was absolutely incredible and I hope she receives legitimate recognition for this performance.
The interesting thing I thought about after this movie was that we usually root for the bad guy - Jason, Freddy, Michael. On the other hand, we accept the fact that their fate is sealed before the movie has even begun. Since we left The Devil’s Rejects assuming the trio had certainly died, it was an exciting to see them on screen once again. This movie brought a lot of anticipation for me while watching because not only did I find myself rooting for them, but crossing my fingers, hoping they make it out alive. I cringed much more when they were in danger than either of their victims. It’s a very interesting paradigm that Rob Zombie has created. Or maybe I’m just a sick person.
Sorry - no spoilers here. The movie is very entertaining and graphic. A winning combination! Check it out.