This third film serves as a prequel to the series, where an outlaw escapes death and flees the noose with the hangman's daughter, only to befall a worse fate when the duo stumble into a den filled with vampires in the Mexican desert. While it is in every way a mediocre tread down a familiar path, the acting is competent enough for a direct to video release and it does offer several impressive set designs that add to the creepy atmosphere. It would appear that this is where the majority of the budget was spent, however, since the make-up and writing are both severely lacking. The strong visual canvas is no substitute for originality or substance, and the paper-thin plot ends up feeling like a rushed second thought rather than an epic back story. But, for every ridiculous looking vampire, there is a gratuitous gore scene, and the film does keep in tone with the two entries preceding it. An entertaining but below average prequel.
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