This prequel to the From Dusk Till Dawn series is set in the early 1900s, Mexico. Outlaw Johnny has escaped the hangman’s noose, taking his daughter on the run with him. With a series of chance encounters the two are soon facing something more terrifying than the gallows.
Marco Leonardi (Johnny), Michael Parks (Ambrose), Temuera Morrison (Hangman), Rebecca Gayheart (Mary), Lennie Loftin (John), Ara Celi (Esmeralda), Sonia Braga (Quixtla), Danny Trejo (Razor Charlie), Jordana Spiro (Reece).
From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter starts off looking completely different from the first film and confirms that belief up until the end. With a convoluted plot and extensive character development this is nothing but a mild western until the last 30 minutes of the film when the vampires finally show up and things get interesting. Other than a scenery shot of the infamous bar from the original there is hardly anything consistent or complimentary to the series.
Acting was okay with lukewarm performances by just about everyone. Gayheart was in her typical role while Trejo tried to make his role work but just couldn’t overcome the rest of the film. Spiro delivered well but again, seemed stuck with a loser role.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were a pale duplicate of the original film lacking depth and quality. Effects were decent for a mid-level horror flick but less than we would expect considering the title. Dialogue was a mess with pointless lines that did nothing to further the plot or add content. Sound and soundtrack were okay but mundane.
Overall From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter as compared to the series is quite disappointing. Standing by itself the film is a low to mid-level horror entry that at least attempts a plot.
With plenty of violence, gore, foul language, nudity, sexuality, drug and/or alcohol use, and a substantial amount of boredom save this for the oldest teens and above.
From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatre.
Star rating: 2 out of 5
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