Well…This was a surprise. Who would have known that I’d actually end up enjoying this film?
From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter is a 1999 direct to video Western horror film directed by P. J. Pesce and starring Marco Leonardi, Michael Parks, Temuera Morrison.
The movie serves as a prequel to the first movie and starts off with Johnny, an outlaw that is about to be hanged. As soon as he is put to the rope however, someone shoots it and he manages to escape along with the hangman’s daughter. He reunites with his crew and the other person that saved him which he agrees to take under his wing and they all set out to rob a stagecoach that contains an author called Ambrose Bierce along with a newlywed couple.
After the incident, both parties manage to somehow end up in the same establishment, an inn where we see another familiar face. The bartender from the original movie (Danny Trejo) which makes it obvious that this is an older version of the Titty Twister and that it is run by vampires. As they mingle we find out that the vampires take a huge interest in Esmeralda – the hangman’s daughter who is revealed to be (minor spoiler) Santanico Pandemonium. As they prepare to take her, her father and his posse appear and a huge fight between the living and the dead starts.
Plot-wise this follows a very similar concept as the first movie. A group of outlaws enter the bar just to be surprised and hunted down by vampires but it doesn’t feel stale. I expected to hate this movie, especially since I really disliked the second part but this was a nice surprise. Sure it was not as good as the first but it was way better than the second one. It even had that good kind of corny feeling that the first one had. The effects weren’t the best so that was a bit annoying and some of the acting performances were weak so don’t expect anything special. I would have to say it is a perfect example of a B movie through and a nice addition to the franchise, even though lore-wise this movie and the show contradict each other. Surprisingly enough it was also nominated at the 26th Saturn Awards for “Best Home Video Release”.
Final verdict: 6/10