From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter (1999)

R  |  Video  |   |  Horror, Thriller, Western  |  18 January 2000 (USA)
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Set 100 years ago in Mexico, this horror/western is the story of the birth of the vampire princess Santanico Pandemonium.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ezra Traylor
Kevin Smith ...
Terence Bridgett ...
Ivan D. Lucas ...
Tom Berto ...
Stagecoach Driver


"Prequel" to the first From Dusk Till Dawn is set in Mexico in the early 1900's which begins with the escape of Johnny Madrid, a dangerous local outlaw, from the gallows who then kidnaps his hangman's beautiful daughter, Esmeralda, with a little help from Reece, a female outlaw from the U.S. With the hangman and a local posse on their trail, Johnny meets with his gang who all rob a stagecoach which contains American author Ambrose Bierce along with newlywed couple John and Mary Newlie. As night falls, all parties coincidently seek shelter in an isolated inn/whorehouse which is run by vampires led by the high priestess Quixtla who targets Esmeralda. Esmeralda is revealed to be the half-human, half-vampire princess Santanico Pandemonium, whom the vampires want as their heir in which all the humans must join forces if they are to survive the night from the vicious blood-suckers. Written by Matthew Patay <>

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Rated R for strong violence/gore, sexuality/nudity and some language | See all certifications »

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18 January 2000 (USA)  »

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The Hangman's Daughter  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Shortly after Danny Trejo's resident bartender character changes into a vampire, he's soon replaced by another taller, and obviously skinner actor in vampire makeup, wearing the same clothes, and Danny is never seen again. See more »


When Johnny and Esmeralda are riding to entrance of abandoned inn, the lights (electrical) of some city far at a horizon are clearly visible. See more »


Chato: You like the dress? You want it?
Whore: Yeah.
Chato: You can have it, for 50 pesos!
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Crazy Credits

There's an extra scene involving Ambrose after the end credits finish. See more »


References Old Gringo (1989) See more »


El Zapateado
Traditional, Arranged by Jose Guitierrez
Performed by Los Pregoneros del Puerto
Courtesy of Rounder Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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All in all, quite an impressive piece of work.
15 March 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

After seeing the PATHETIC From Dusk Til Dawn 2, wasn't expecting much , but I was pleasantly surprised. I won't spoil the movie for anyone but this story (which is actually the prequel to the excellent original From Dusk Til Dawn) is well written and well directed. Great production values, very interesting characters, decent plot, ASTONISHING action sequences.

And WHAT A CAST! Michael Parks is amazing as Ambrose Bierce, Temura Morrison is terrifying as the Hangman--and then you've got Marco Leonardi, Sonya Braga, Rebecca Gayheart, and Orlando Jones! All in all, quite an impressive piece of work.

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