3 From Hell |Carnage or Crud?

Rob Zombie once said he hated sequels. It’s easy to understand why. Particularly when it comes to horror, they can be terrifyingly bad. Has there even been a sequel as awful as The Exorcist II? As we know, 2003’s House of 1000 Corpses got a sequel in 2005, The Devil’s Rejects. Now, 14 years on, during a time in which it’s fair to say Zombie hasn’t produced anything as memorable, he is turning this – the first of his movie projects – into a trilogy.

The Final 3 will be released in America on September 16th this year. From the trailer the plot seems simple enough. For some ungodly reason Captain Spalding, Otis and Baby managed to survive that hail of bullets at the end of film 2. I’ve already read complaints. How in the hell is that possible? Well, maybe hell is the operative word here. I don’t expect them to reveal themselves as demons. Maybe they’re just too evil to die.

Either way, I don’t care. I didn’t watch these films for their realism.

Though gruesome there was always something wacky about the franchise. The colours, the conversation. There was a clear psychedelic influence. And now that I think about it, wasn’t there something supernatural about the ironically-named character Tiny? Those were beyond third-degree burns!

It’s fair to say the first two weren’t game changers, but over time I think they’ve received their fair dues. The characters (the respective performances by Sid Haig, Bill Moseley and Sheri Moon Zombie) are what make this. They are classic. I’d love to hear more Captain Spalding obscenities. I don’t expect anything less than something fun, though I hope it’s not too disposable. I do think the first and second films had a soul.

I doubt there will be a theatrical release here in the UK, but I will check it out when I can.

The Fulci eye close-ups on the poster are cool.


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