That this is now a “franchise” astonishes me. I remember when the first one came out, Julia actually punched me for even describing the premise. A year later, it’s on South Park and everyone laughs.
When the sequel hit, all of a sudden people who never would have praised the original when it came out did that whole retcon thing they do: “Well, the first one had its merits, but THIS is just gross.” I will cop to genuinely liking the second, which very few people did – though let’s see now how many will defend it retroactively compared to the new one.
As in part 2, part 3 acknowledges the existence of the initial film as a movie. Dieter Laser and Laurence R. Harvey return as new characters: Laser’s basically riffing on Arizona’s notoriously harsh-on-prisoners Sheriff Joe Arpaio, as a prison warden whose newest punishment idea is to sew all 500 convicts together, ass-to-mouth, with the Brock Lesnar-like slogan: “Eat. Digest. Repeat.”
Ironically, director Tom Six said this one would make the first look like My Little Pony. I think that’s a sign, and it’s time we pitched a Pony Jar horror movie Who’s with me?
Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.)
Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist