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

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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.


P.J. Pesce


Álvaro Rodríguez (screenplay) (as Alvaro Rodriguez), Álvaro Rodríguez (story) (as Alvaro Rodriguez) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marco Leonardi ... Johnny Madrid
Michael Parks ... Ambrose Bierce
Ara Celi ... Esmeralda
Jordana Spiro ... Reece
Lennie Loftin ... John Newlie
Rebecca Gayheart ... Mary Newlie
Temuera Morrison ... The Hangman
Sônia Braga ... Quixtla (as Sonia Braga)
Danny Trejo ... Razor Charlie
Orlando Jones ... Ezra Traylor
Kevin Smith Kevin Smith ... Joaquin
Terence Bridgett Terence Bridgett ... Chato
Mickey Giacomazzi ... Erasmo
Ivan D. Lucas Ivan D. Lucas ... Shotgun
Tom Berto 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 coincidentally 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 matt-282

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


George Clooney, who played Seth Gecko in the original "From Dusk 'Til Dawn", said the inspiration for his character's tattoo was taken from recently watching "Once Were Warriors." The Hangman is played by Temuera Morrison who was one of the main actors in "One Were Warriors". 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 »


Bartender: Senor, a lot of white folks go missing in these parts. Can I ask your name in case someone come looking?
Ambrose Bierce: Bierce. Ambrose Bierce. And no one will come looking.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

This has been release to DVD thought the Scandinavian regions and it is now uncut with a time of 90.13 mins (PAL), by a company 'Egmont Entertainment'. This is message from somebody who picked this up in Finland. All are subtitled in four Scandinavian languages, and I bought my disks in Finland, and they have Finnish-language covers (in Sweden, the covers are Swedish-language, and so on). The Finnish title for the trilogy is H?m?r?st? aamunkoittoon, and is indicated as "K/F 18" rated on the backcover. See more »


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Smiling Karen
Written by Tito Larriva and Peter Atanasoff
Performed by Tito Larriva (as Tito) and Tarantula
Courtesy of Cockroach Records
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Wild, Wild Vampires?...
29 December 2015 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

This third installment to the "From Dusk to Dawn" movies is a prequel, as it takes place in the old West in American history. Initially one might think vampires and the wild West doesn't make for a good combination, but the movie was actually enjoyable. While better than part two, this movie still fell short of part one.

The story in "From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter" is essentially exactly the same as in the first two movies. A band of outlaws and holy men and up at a seemingly deserted tavern in a secluded location. As night falls, the patrons turn into blood-thirsty vampires.

The characters in the third movie were more detailed than those in part two, and as such you get more into the movie and a greater wholeness permeates the overall storyline.

As for the acting talents in the movie, then people were doing fair jobs with their given roles and characters. It is, as always, a treat to have Danny Trejo in a movie, alongside the other familiar faces in the movie.

While better than part two, this is not a movie that will make a lasting impression, nor is it a bright shiny moment in cinema history. "From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter" is exactly what you would expect from a movie of this type. It is enjoyable enough for what it turned out to be.

The first movie stands well on its own. The second movie is just a filler. And the third movie is essentially also just a filler, although it does show the origin of the seductive Santanico Pandemonium character from the first movie.

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Release Date:

18 January 2000 (USA) See more »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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