Following on from Rob Zombie’s tantalizing social media countdown, the first 3 From Hell trailer finally arrived last month and though it did give us our best look yet at the upcoming sequel to 2005’s The Devil’s Rejects, it really didn’t reveal very much.
Coming in at just under a minute in length, it offered up a tantalizing tease of the chaos to come but crucially, didn’t provide us with any plot details or even a firm release date. We’ve been told though that the pic would be hitting theaters this fall and now, at long last, we know exactly when to expect it.
Zombie and Lionsgate have announced today that 3 From Hell will be with us on September 16th, but there’s a catch. You see, it’ll only be playing in 900 select theaters and will run for three nights only – September 16th, 17th and 18th. However, there will be some unique bonus content shown at each screening, and Zombie is absolutely thrilled that fans are finally going to get to witness the final chapter in the saga.
“This event is a long time coming,” says the director. “The journey of these characters has always been special to me and I am thrilled to finally let the fans experience the next episode of the Firefly madness. This project was a true labor of love for everyone involved and we know we have created something amazing for the loyal followers of these films. Let the insanity begin!”
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For more on what Zombie has planned, here’s the full press release, detailing exactly what to expect when 3 From Hell hits theaters:
DENVER – July 1, 2019 – Global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) and Saban Films are unleashing horror icon and heavy metal mastermind Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell, the follow-up to House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects, as the next chapter in the blood-soaked crime saga. The film will be released in nearly 900 select movie theaters on September 16, 17 and 18, 2019 through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). Fathom Events will broadcast the unrated version to theaters with each night featuring unique bonus content.
On September 16th, moviegoers will see a special video introduction from Rob Zombie with the first 50 attendees at each theater receiving an exclusive poster (while supplies last). On the 17th, audiences will be treated to a nearly 30-minute behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film. On the 18th, moviegoers will experience the ultimate double feature including 3 From Hell and The Devil’s Rejects.
“We are excited to collaborate again with Rob Zombie,” said Lionsgate President of Worldwide Home Entertainment Ron Schwartz. “With House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects, Rob Zombie delivered thrills and high doses of gore to genre fans. We look forward to bringing this next chapter to screens with Saban Films and Fathom.”
“In 2003 a bold new cinematic voice emerged with House of 1,000 Corpses,” said Jonathan Saba, Saban Films’ Senior Vice President of Distribution, Sales and Marketing. “And with the sequel, The Devil’s Rejects, Rob Zombie cemented his legacy as one of the most influential and important modern-day genre filmmakers. Now nearly 15 years later, Rob returns to the Firefly family in an audacious and wholly singular new chapter in this gory saga. I can’t wait for audiences to see this film on the big screen thanks to our partners at Lionsgate and Fathom.”
“Scary movies are best experienced in a dark movie theater alongside fellow fans,” said Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt. “This is why we continue to partner with Rob Zombie, Lionsgate and Saban Films to premiere the very best horror films on our platform.”
3 From Hell was written and directed by Rob Zombie, who also produced alongside CC Capital Arts Entertainment’s Mike Elliot. Greg Holstein and Saban Films’ Jonathan Saba are executive producers.
Tickets for 3 From Hell can be purchased beginning Friday, July 19 at www.FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices. A complete list of theater locations will be available July 19 at the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
Saban Films and Rob Zombie previously partnered with Fathom Events in a successful theatrical event for Rob Zombie’s 31.
So, despite the fact that it’ll only be playing for a few nights – which is certainly a disappointment – it looks like there’ll still be much to get excited about if you choose to check out the threequel in theaters. And even if you don’t, we imagine it’ll make its way to Blu-ray and DVD very soon after its limited run.
Before all that, however, we’re expecting to get another trailer for 3 From Hell this month, and Zombie has already promised us that it’ll show off a lot more. That’s good to hear, too, because after House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects relied heavily on gore and brutal violence to shock and captivate moviegoers, fans are beyond eager to see how the director plans to wrap up this beloved franchise with the third and final installment.