From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter (2000, USA) C-94m. ** D: P.J. Pesce. Starring Marco Leonardi, Michael Parks, Temuera Morrison, Rebecca Gayheart, Ara Celi, Sonia Braga, Orlando Jones, Danny Trejo, P.J. Pesce. Conclusion of the trilogy is more like a prequel or remake as a group of turn-of-the-century bandidos are on the run and end up in the vampire hellhole of the first movie. Plot setup takes as long as in the original, with lots of shoot-outs and action, then becomes exciting horror fare with potent effects, quite well directed. Even includes real author Ambrose Bierce (Parks) as a character. From a story by Robert Rodriguez, who also executive produced with his pal Quentin Tarantino.

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