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:
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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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Release Date:

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?


Michael Parks, who plays Ambrose Bearse, also appeared in the original From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), playing a completely different character. His real life son, James Parks, had a small role in From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999). See more »


During Johnny Madrid's escape from the hangman, the gun Reece throws him fires off a miraculous 12 rounds without reloading. See more »


Catherine Reece: I weren't gonna steal it or nothin'. I just wanted to see it up close.
Ambrose Bierce: Is this close enough?
Catherine Reece: Yes, sir.
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Crazy Credits

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


References The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) See more »


(Main Title Music)
Written by P.J. Pesce and Peter Atanasoff
Performed by P.J. Pesce (acoustic guitar lt.), Peter Atanasoff (electric guitar rt.) and baby-o (tambourine and strings)
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A 100 times better than the previous movie.
6 October 2002 | by (Bedfordshire , England) – See all my reviews

You know, this film aint too bad at all! this is an entertaining horror flick that returns to the quality of the first film and away from the pure drivel of the second movie. this is set in the past and we see the Vampire club as it was in the past. Like the first movie in this we see no monster action for the first half and pure blood sucking gore for the entire second half of the film. This not to say the first half is poor because it isn't. Again like the first movie the first half is different yet very watchable.

The acting is very good and the special affect are ok if not spectacular.The story is hardly ground breaking but at times this is very funny and in the moments when it was supposed to be, not like in the second movie when it was funny when they were trying to be serious! An above average horror that is hard not to like. 7 out of 10.

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