Writer-directorRob Zombie‘s new movie 3 From Hell(out Sept. 16) is a sequel to the filmmaker’s 2005’sThe Devil’s Rejects. That film starred Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, and Sheri Moon Zombie as Captain Spaulding, Otis Driftwood, and Baby, a trio of unrepentant killers originally introduced in Zombie’s 2003 directorial debut,House of 1,000 Corpses. This time around, however, the trio in the title does not refer to the original line-up of psychopaths. While Haig’s Captain Spaulding does appear in the film, he is effectively replaced in the gang by a new character called Foxy, played byMandyactor Richard Brake.
“The movie that I prepped to make, and was getting ready to start shooting, it was Captain Spaulding, Otis, and Baby, the three originals,” says Zombie. “But three weeks out from shooting, I got a call from Sid Haig. He had been in the hospital, and he had just had surgery, and he was now recovering in a rehabilitation facility. I’m like, holy sh—, this is a serious business. So, I went to see him, and he had changed drastically from the last time I saw him. Because Sid, he’s big and burly, and now he’s tiny as a skeleton. So, I was like, oh man. I kind of realized, yeah, he’s in rough shape. So, at that point I was kind of f—ed. I created this charter Foxy for Richard Brake. I had just worked with Richard on a movie called31and I knew he would fit the vibe. He was on another movie in Spain shooting. He flew right from that movie to L.A. and started working instantly. A lot of the scenes with Foxy were supposed to be Spaulding and I twisted things around so I didn’t have to rewrite every single thing. It was the funniest situation and the sh—tiest situation. Because, I went from one moment thinking, ‘This is the most prepared I have ever f—ing been to start a movie — everything is locked down tight’ — and within one phone call, the entire production went into complete chaos for three weeks. But at the end of the day, it all worked out great.”