Set 100 years ago in Mexico, this horror/western is the story of the birth of the vampire princess Santanico Pandemonium.
This time we get the prequel treatment.
We’ve seen this formula many times before, if you can’t go forwards then go backwards and that’s exactly what we have here. I must admit that going into this film I had little interest, the second film didn’t exactly do much for me and the thought of a prequel didn’t exactly excite me. I’m sure I’m not alone in this, we’ve seen this happen so often and left disappointed that it’s hard to get hyped about a film like this.
Luckily for us the film isn’t actually too bad, it’s a nice story that plays out quite well and it’s enough to keep you interested in what’s going on. The problem is that by now fans had just lost interest and unfortunately the studio seemed to as well, you can’t blame fans or their lack of interest after the second film but the studio following suit didn’t help.
The casting of the film was quite impressive with actors such as Temura Morrison, Rebecca Gayheart, Orlando Jones, Sonya Braga and more all putting in great performances to help keep the story and it’s characters interesting enough to not get bored. It’s actually quite surprising how much I found myself enjoying this film as I really didn’t think I would at all.
I must say that the crew on this film deserve a huge kudos, despite the limited budget and everything going against them they ended up delivering an enjoyable film that defies all it’s doubters. Sure it’s cheesy, really cheesy if I’m honest and sure the action is few and far between compared to what we’re used to but against all odds it most certainly holds it’s own.
“From Dusk Till Dawn 3 – The Hangman’s Daughter” is not going to be a life changer but you could do worse than this film and it’s a fun end to the series.
Miscellaneous facts about the film:
Shortly after Danny Trejo’s resident bartender character changes into a vampire, he’s soon replaced by another taller, and obviously skinner actor in vampire makeup, wearing the same clothes, and Danny is never seen again.
Michael Parks, who plays Ambrose Bearse, also appeared in the original From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), playing a completely different character. His real life son, James Parks, had a small role in From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999).
The subtitle of the film, “The Hangman’s Daughter,” is taken from the title of a short story co-authored by Ambrose Bierce (who appears as a character in the film) – “The Monk and the Hangman’s Daughter,” Ambrose Bierce and Adolphe Danziger De Castro, 1911.
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