3 from Hell Is a Hit, Will Return to Theaters for One More Night

  • Axl Rosenberg

Here’s some bittersweet news: just as we’re learning that the great Sid Haig has died, we’re also finding out that one of his last-ever performances is a hit.

In stark contrast to Fred Durst’s recent directorial outing, The Fanatic, Rob Zombie’s latest film, 3 from Hell, packed theatrical screenings last week. Playing on three consecutive nights in 667 theaters, the heavily-anticipated sequel to House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects raked in somewhere between $1.8 and $1.9 million dollars (depending on who you ask). According to Box Office Mojo, on the first of the three nights, it had a per-screen average $1,212 — better than any other movie save for another special screening produced by Fathom Events, of a documentary called The Game Changers (which is about “plant-based eating in professional sports”… no, really). Its first and third nights came in at #3 for the day’s overall box office, just behind Hustlers and It: Chapter Two, and the second night came in at #5 on for the day’s overall box office (tragically bested by Angel Has Fallen and Good Boys).

So it’s not entirely shocking that the movie will return to theaters for one last screening the evening of Monday, October 14. As with the first night of last week’s screenings, attendees will be treated to a special introduction from Mr. Zombie himself and a commemorative poster in addition to the movie. Tickets are on sale here, and if you wanna go, I’d buy them now — these screenings will very likely sell out fast. The silver lining if you don’t get a ticket is that the movie hits all the various home video formats the very next day. Not as good as seeing it with an audience, but better than not getting to see it all!

(Incidentally, Zombie will be one of the headliners on the second day of the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, CA. Other bands on the bill include Slipknot, Tool, Korn, Marilyn Manson, and Lamb of God. Buy tickets here.)

Haig, of course, returns to the role of “Captain Spaulding” in the movie. Teeny tiny spoiler alert, just confirming something that most of us already suspected (highlight to read, otherwise skip down to the next paragraph): There’s a reason Haig’s involvement in 3 from Hell was downplayed when the movie was first announced — Captain Spaulding’s appearance in 3 from Hell is brief, with the third killer of the title being a new character played by Richard Brake. I’m guessing Haig wasn’t well enough to film a starring role.

3 from Hell won’t quite be Haig’s silver screen swan song, however. According to IMDB, he had completed filming at least one other movie before he passed away… played “Judah Lazarus” in a Jewish-themed Friday the 13th parody called Hanukkah. I shit you not.

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Don’t even pretend you’re not gonna see that.

[via Bloody Disgusting]

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