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From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter  (2000)

Cast: Marco Leonardi, Michael Parks, Rebecca Gayheart, Ara Celi, Sonia Braga, Temuera Morrison, Lennie Loftin, Orlando Jones, Danny Trejo
Director: P.J. Pesce
U.S. Distribution: Buena Vista
U.S. Release Date: 1/00 (direct to video)
Running Time: 1:34
MPAA Rating: R

Forget the sequel. Check out the prequel!

This third film in Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn trilogy reveals the origin of Santanico Pandemonium (originally portrayed by Salma Hayek in the first FDTD). It also takes fans of the vampire series back to a time (about 100 years ago) when the Titty Twister was a place where sex ruled and dinner was served late.

The outlaw Johnny Madrid (Marco Leonardi) slips out of a noose and rides off with the Hangman's Daughter (Ara Celi) to a place where the trail ends for outlaws, drifters and other unsuspecting mortals. It is there that all are welcomed by the vampire priestess Quixtla (played with lusty enjoyment by veteran Brazilian actress Sonia Braga); where the gunslinging ends and the bloodsucking begins.

I recommend From Dusk Till Dawn 3 to anyone who liked the first film. The two are very similar in that each is one part crime drama, but with a darker half that plays out as a full-tilt nightmare. Dusk 3 is a big improvement over the disappointing second FDTD and almost as enjoyable as the first.

© 2000, Delton Perrodin

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