-- Ambrose Bierce in a letter to Nellie Sickler dated September 21st, 1913
Status: Available on DVD.
Release Date: Direct to video release in Jan. 2000.
Studio: Dimension Films
Production Company: A Band Apart/Los Hooligans
Director: P.J. Pesce
Writer(s): Alvaro and Robert Rodriguez
Producers: Michael S. Murphey, Gianni Nunnari and Meir Teper
Executive Producers: Lawrence Bender, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez
Cast: Michael Parks (Ambrose Bierce), Danny Trejo (Razor Charlie), Ara Celi (Esmeralda/Santanico), Marco Leonardi (Johnny Madrid), Sonia Braga (Vampire Princess), Temuera Morrison (The Hangman), Rebecca Gayheart (Mary Newlie), Orlando Jones (Ezra Traylor), Lennie Loftin (John Newlie), Jordana Spiro (Reece), Man in Bar (PJ Pesce)
Film Editer: Lawrence A. Maddox (as Larry Maddox)
Production Designer: Felipe Fernández del Paso
Costume Designer: Rory Cunningham
Special Make-Up Effects by: KNB Effects
The Plot: Warning
7/21/97 - In a magazine article, when asked about her relationship with Robert Rodriguez, Salma Hayek states that she will work like "a slave" for him for the rest of her life in appreciation for Rodriguez believing in her and casting her in DESPERADO. I would have to assume that this would naturally extend to her appearing as Santanico Pandemonium in FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE HANGMAN'S DAUGHTER since Rodriguez is co-writing and producing it.
8/5/97 - P.J. Pesce, who was expected to next direct THE LONE RANGER at Fox Family Films, will make the masked gunman wait. He'll instead begin work immediately directing THE HANGMAN'S DAUGTHER, the prequel to FROM DUSK TILL DAWN.
The prequel, which starts shooting Oct. 15*, was scripted by Robert and Alvaro Rodriguez, and traces the evolution of the character Santanica Pandemonium, who was portrayed memorably in the original by Salma Hayek. She won't reprise the role, since they're looking for someone even younger.
Pesce, who made his mark with the Western THE DESPERATE TRAIL, is repped by UTA's David Kanter and managed by 3 Arts. (Special thanks to 'Blancofunk@aol.com' for the news!)
*This late shooting date will likely push back the original release date to later in the year.
8/13/97 - Lawrence Bender, Gianni Nunnari, Meir Teper will serve as the producers of the film while Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino will reportedly be serving in a "supervisor" capacity.
8/25/97 - A scooper who claims to have read the script tells Coming Attractions that the bar in THE HANGMAN'S DAUGHTER will be called "The Devil's Tit." The scooper mentions that the script involves a lot of people going to this bar who are chasing other people who are at the bar and then they all are caught unawares by the vampires who are running the bar. The scooper also stated that the subtitle of the script was 'From Dusk Till Dawn III' but that it reads like a prequel.
9/3/97 - Michael Parks, who played Texas Ranger Earl McGraw in FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, has been announced for one of the lead roles in THE HANGMAN'S DAUGHTER.
11/8/97 - One of our readers writes in to say that production began on time in October and that they are doing some shooting in Africa. (Thanks to Raphael for the scoop!)
Lawrence Bender, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez are listed as Executive Producers now and Gianni Nunnari and Meir Teper as Producers along with newcomer Michael S. Murphey.
11/9/97 - Raphael writes again to say, "In the Prequel Salma Hayek will not be reprizing her role as the vampire queen. Instead they have brought in a girl who looks a lot like her. The film is set a hundred or so years in the past, and it tells how she became a Vampire." (Thanks again Raphael!)
11/11/97 - A scooper sends us this report:
JOHANNESBURG (Variety) - Quentin Tarantino's crew, shooting a vampire movie in a historic cave in South Africa, has fallen foul of local environmentalists, who claim imitation blood was smeared over rocks, sensitive plants were destroyed and debris was left lying around the area.
The shoot of scenes for "The Hangman's Daughter" took place in a spectacular outcrop of cavernous rocks that form part of the environmentally sensitive Cedarberg Nature Reserve in Western Cape province.
Cape nature conservation official Kas Hamman said the crew didn't respect the history of the cave, known as Stadsaal (city hall), where the formerly ruling National Party held a historic party summit soon after the turn of the century.
"We'll definitely have to make sure this does not happen again," Hamman told local reporters, adding that all future contracts with film companies would have to be "watertight" to prevent a repeat of the Stadsaal damage.
Producer Michael Murphey said, however, that all the crew did was cover graffiti to make the cave look more natural.
The crew, he added, had taken great care to ensure the natural environment was affected as little as possible and that an independent environmental adviser had been on set.
While fake rocks and exotic plants had been brought on to the set, these were removed afterwards, he said. Even horse droppings were removed in case of germination of plant species foreign to the Cedarberg area.
"The Hangman's Daughter" is the latest in a vampire trilogy being executive produced by Tarantino and directed by Robert Rodriguez (Desperado). It is a prequel to the vampire feature "From Dusk Till Dawn." The pair plan to produce another vampire spinoff movie in South Africa in January, "Texas Blood Money," which will be a sequel to "From Dusk Till Dawn."
11/13/97 - Ira Pearlman writes in to say that, "it is confirmed that Marco Leonardi from LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE is co-staring in THE HANGMAN'S DAUGHTER."
11/17/97 - Brazilian actress Sonia Braga, who is best known for her roles in THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR and KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, is playing one of the lead characters in THE HANGMAN'S DAUGHTER.
11/23/97 - Danny Trejo, who played Razor Charlie the Titty Twister's bartender, will be playing "The Hangman" in THE HANGMAN'S DAUGHTER.
Sonia Braga will be playing a vampire princess in the film.
12/15/97 - Temuera Morrison (THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, SPEED 2: CRUISE CONTROL, ONCE WERE WARRIORS) has joined the cast.
12/18/97 - Phil, who's a big fan of From Dusk Till Dawn, was kind enough to e-mail this plot info to me. It's from the Offical package that Miramax sends out to video distributors in hopes of encouraging them to pick up their film. It does contain HEAVY SPOILERS about the film, read on at your own risk. (There's a plot summary for TEXAS BLOOD MONEY on the sequel page, too!)
"HANGMAN'S DAUGHTER is the prequel to FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, set in Mexico in 1913. A stagecoach containing two missionairies, a young boy and an old writer stops in a pueblo just as three thieves are about to be hung. The hangman executes the first two thieves, but as he abuses the third thief for seducing his daughter, the young boy saves him and escape with the hangman's daughter. The stage continues on without the boy (who turns out to be a girl in disguise), but is beset by bandits and the riders are stranded. They make their way to a wayside inn, La Tetilla Del Diablo (The Devil's Nipple), where they hole up as a storm approaches. The bandits arrive shortly thereafter, chased by coyotes. The coyotes metarmorphize into vampires and the battle begins... " (A HUGE thank you to Phil for sending along the info"!!!!!!)
1/8/98 - Some great casting news comes our way: Thanks to 'dusky' for the info!
Danny Trejo is reprising his role as "Razor Charlie," *not* the Hangman--Temura Morrison is playing the Hangman.
Newcomer Ara Celi plays the young Esmeralda (Santanico Pandemonium/Salma's name before she becomes the vampire queen.)
Rebecca Gayheart (SCREAM 2) plays the young missionary. she also has an *extremely* sexual transformation into a vampire later in the film.
Orlando Jones (Mad TV) plays a brush salesman who has the misfortune to get caught in the vampire crossfire.
Miramax has confirmed that they will now release "The Hangman's Daughter" theatrically in Septemper of '98.
1/13/98 - Phil writes to us again with some cool news about the music for The Hangman's Daughter. Thanks again Phil!!!!:
Tito & Tarantula have recorded several songs for "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Hangman's Daughter". Director P.J. Pesce will listen to the songs and decide whether they will make it into the movie or not on 1/13. I will let you know as soon as I know about his decision (probably around friday).
1/14/98 - And Robert writes to say that he saw a teaser poster for both films that featured different Titty Twister type bars and the tag line: "BEFORE From Dusk Till Dawn there was THE HANGMAN'S DAUGHTER... AFTER From Dusk Till Dawn there was TEXAS BLOOD MONEY."
1/22/98 - Phil writes again to update us on the current status of the film Thanks again Phil!!!:
The creative team of "The Hangman's Daughter" started editing the movie on 01/13. They have some 20 songs to choose from for the final cut which include several Tito & Tarantula tunes. They decide when editing is finished.
1/26/98 - P.J. Pesce has also directed BODY WAVES and THE AFTER LIFE OF GRANDMA:
1/27/98 - Looks like Michael Parks' character's name might be Ambrose Bierce. Orlando Jones' character is named Traylor.
"Dusky" writes in to say that:
A big subplot of FDTD 3 concerns the American writer Ambrose Bierce going down to mexico in 1913 trying to join up with Pancho Villa.
Post production for both films will take place in Toronto.
Editing has not yet begun because of a timecode problem with the South African film-to-tape transfers. (Thanks again Dusky!!!)
And finally, click HERE for the first two pages of the script that was sent to us by an anonymous source to whom I am most appreciative. It's really only a taste of the begining of the film but it may contain some minor SPOILERS. Read at your own risk!!!
1/28/98 - Robert alerts us of some historical background in the script:
"I think you should share with your visitors that the story of Bierce (who wrote, by the way, the famous "Incident at Owl Creek Bridge" short story which was adapted by Robert Enrico for the screen and remains one of the most chilling Twilight Zone episodes) and Pancho Villa in 1913 Mexico was already the subject of a film: Old Gringo, 1989, dir. Luis Puenzo, with Gregory Peck as Bierce. No vampires in that one, of course." Robert Fischer-Ettel Thanks Robert!!!
1/30/98 - Due to the recent success of horror films, Dimension Films will release both the prequel and sequel in theaters rather than direct-to-video.
2/4/98 - Something we won't see in the prequel in the words of Tom Savini himself! Thanks to Larry Jordi for the scoop!!!
"I was told by the director I would most likely be in the prequel, not the sequel, because I blew up in the orignal. But, I never got the call. That's show biz."
3/19/98 - Some new casting and crew info: Rebecca Gayheart's character is named 'Mary Newlie,' Orlando Jones' character's full name is 'Ezra Traylor,' and some new castmembers: Lennie Loftin (SLEEPERS) will plays 'John Newlie' and Jordana Spiro ("Her Last Chance" TV series) plays 'Reece.' Cinematography is by Michael Bonvillain (THE DESPERATE TRAIL), Production Design is by Felipe Fernández del Paso (MEN WITH GUNS), Costume Design is by Rory Cunningham ("ManMaid" TV series) and the film's Editing by Lawrence A. Maddox (SKELETONS) (credited as Larry Maddox).
3/30/98 - Here's a short plot summary that's being put out by Miramax. Thanks to Phil for the scoop! Hangman's Daughter takes us back to 1913 as a beautiful woman and an outlaw flee from a small town into the desert to escape from being hanged. As night approaches, they take refuge at a seemingly quiet tavern... La Tetilla Del Diablo (a.k.a. The Titty Twister).
A tag line for the new films? "A Trilogy is born ... From Dusk Till Dawn"
Also, KNB is returning to provide the make-up effects for both the prequel and the sequel.
And finally, something I've been waiting for for a long time!
first pictures from the film!!! A great big thank you to Phil for
the work in and getting these for us!!! Thanks a million Phil!!!!
-- On the left is Sonia Braga as the Vampire Princess and on the right is Ara Celi as Esmeralda/Santanico.
5/8/98 - Bruce Campbell, one of the actors appearing in TEXAS BLOOD MONEY revealed that TBM will be released direct-to-video in August. I can only assume that THE HANGMAN'S DAUGTHER will also be released on video around that time.
7/3/98 - 'Dusky' writes in to tell us that Lawrence Bender, the film's producer, said that it will have a brief theartical release in October.
7/8/98 - Thanks to 'Dusky' for letting us in on this big secret!!!: ON THERE'S JULY 28 THERE'S GOING TO BE A SNEAK PREVIEW SCREENING OF "THE HANGMAN'S DAUGHTER" SOMEWHERE IN THE NEW YORK TRI STATE AREA.
ALERT ALL FANS.
KEEP YOUR EYES AND EARS OPEN...
7/18/98 - Thanks to 'Dusky' for updating the info on that advanced screening info!!!: The preview screening will now be in L.A. instead of NYC, and it will be either the 28th or the 29th.
By the way folks, if you wanna find out more about Hangman's director, he's got a website at http://www.hyper-active.com/pesce.shtml.
7/23/98 - OK folks, 'Dusky' ceme through for us as promised with news on the preview screening! Here it is, and thanks to 'Dusky' for the details!!!:
The screening will be at 7:30 Wednesday, July 29th at the Mann 9 in Granada Hills.
Tell your readers that if they don't like "The Good The Bad, & The Ugly," they ain't gonna like this one, so don't show up. It's a vampire western, remember.
Also tell them to *please* give it good reviews and *absolutely* recommend that it GETS A THEATRICAL RELEASE!!!!!
Well, you heard the man! Now, anyone who can make the screening, I need people to write up reviews and other details (i.e., who was there, how did the crowd like it, what did you think of the film, etc.).
7/29/98 - A solid source let me know that Hangman's director P.J. Pesce will be at the screening tonight!
7/30/98 - Did anyone make it to the screening?
8/2/98 - Well folks, Ira Pearlman attended the screening and his thoughts on the film seem to sum up what I'm hearing so I'll post his quick review here. Thanks Ira!!!:
I attended the screening last night, and felt the film wasn't half bad. The style was very reminiscent of Desperado, and the Titty Twister looked even more sinister than it did in the original. I don't want to give any thing away and I don't know how I'd rank it to the original, all I can say is that this one is a lot wierder. I really hope it gets a theatrical release because the only way to see this film is on the big screen. I also witnessed Lawrence Bender, Scott Spiegel, and P.J. Pesce standing inconspicuously toward the back of the theater.
It looks like the film went just a little short of the audience response it needed to make a theatrical release. Accoring to an extreemly reliable source I have, "The studio wants 55% of the audience to vote "very good or excellent" and we had 55% voting "good, v good or excellent," which in today's world just ain't good enough." But the film is not down for the count yet! My source also says that there is talk right now about reshooting the ending of the film, which seemed to be the only dissastisfying part of an otherwise excellent screening.
8/11/98 - This month's issue of Fangoria came out today and as promised, there was an interview with Quentin Tarantino that touched on the prequel and sequel. Here are the portions of the interview that deal with The Hangman's Daughter and Texas Blood Money:
Fangoria: What is your involvment in the From Dusk Till Dawn sequels?
QT: They're not really Dusk Till Dawn 2 and 3. They're just two movies which are kind of in the series. The one that Robert Rodriguez is doing, or rather the one he has developed with his cousin Alvaro, is From Dusk Till Dawn: The Hangman's Daughter. Sonia Braga and Michael Parks star in it. It takes place 100 years prior to From Dusk Till Dawn in the Old West. It deals with the origin of Santanico Pandemonium, how she first got involved with The Titty Twister and how she became the queen of the vampires. The other movie is one which Scott Spiegel is directing; he wrote it with Duane Whitaker, who played Maynard in PULP FICTION. Me, Scott and Boaz Yakin came up with the story for it, and it's called From Dusk Till Dawn: Texas Blood Money. This one takes place two weeks after the first movie. It's about a bunch of Texas bank robbers. One of them, on the way to the rendezvous to rob this bank, goes into what's left of The Titty Twister and gets bitten by one of the vampires. He then goes to the rendezvous and proceeds to little by little bite the other robbers. So as these guys are robbing this bank, they're being turned into vampires.
Fangoria: So your character does not appear in the new films?
QT: No, no. Richard was killed. They were gonna try to work it in . . .
Fangoria: . . . . as a kind of flashback with your character?
QT: It would have ruined the integrity of it. If Richard was supposed to be alive, I wouldn't have killed him.
When Fangoria brought up the idea or more From Dusk Till Dawn films, Tarantino paraphrases Miramax head Bob Weinstein, saying that Bob said, "Dusk Till Dawn did pretty good for us. If we have one that does well, we do six of them."
Fangoria: So beyond the two they just did, there are more coming?
QT: No, no, no. I was just joking, you know. Like CHILDREN OF THE CORN 9 or whatever.
Fangoria: I'm surprised they didn't decide to go theatrical with the Dusk sequel/prequels.
QT: Well, the whole idea is . . . like when they came out with the DARKMAN sequel, straight to video. Now, I didn't see it, but apparently they did a pretty good job with that movie. And it did pretty well, and the idea was to design it to go straight to video, but make it really good. Not like, "Oh, we got this piece of crap, let's throw it on video' -no, let's make the decision now to make it really good and come out with it. You don't have to worry about the reviews and everything, it's just what it is for the fans. We're talking about maybe having some very special release where we show all three of them together. We had a meeting about it with Bob, and he said, "If the movies turn out really good, we can release them theatrically." Robert Rodriguez kicked in and said, "Well, if they're really, really good, we should make it a point to only go out on video with them. Let's make a really good movie for the horror fans on video. And f**k dealing with the critics." It will get played theatrically like crazy overseas.
Also, Ira Pearlman writes with a little snipet on the music during The Hangman's Daughter screening. Thanks Ira!!: The score during the screening was a compilation of temp tracks. Some tracks from the original score were used, but I have a feeling that Graham Revell will not be scoring it.
9/21/98 - 'Mecazilla' lets us know that Rebeca Gayheart is in the new isue of MAXIM and discusses Hangman's Daughter a little. Anyone see this?
'Crow11081' has a review of Hangman's Daughter for us. Thanks man!!!: Here's a little review. Now keep in mind that the copy I have isn't 100% finished, but it's close enough.
Saw Hangman's Daughter, and it was pretty damn good. I felt it was more dark and serious than the first one, but still had some funny moments, if you have a sick sense of humour like me. This is, of course, the prequel and takes place in the Old West. It basically follow the same outline as the first one, but is still very enjoyable. What makes this movie even more cool is that it features a character who actually existed (the Micheal Parks character, Ambrose Bierce). The actors are good and the action was well directed. I look foward to seeing the sequel.
And Ira Pearlman had this bit for us too, which sounds like we might get some hard info on both films soon. Thanks to Ira!!!:
Just wanted to tell you that Texas Blood Money and The Hangman's daughter will be previewed at the 1999 Fango Weekend of Horrors in New York. Guests speakers for both films will attend, and I assume that trailers and clips will be shown. The guest list isn't available yet so I'm uncertain who will show up on behalf of the Dusk duo. Keep in mind the films will not be screened, but expect plenty of info.
10/27/98 - Some info trickles in from Ain't It Cool News: The ending has indeed been retooled. Miramax put some more cash up for Hangman's Daughter and a new ending has been created. The film will not, however, have a major theatrical release, if any at all. A few other tid bits:
I'll skip the plot and just comment on selected scenes... The movie starts kicking ass in the second scene (in which Temuera Morrison is supposed to hang someone) - (the first scene being the execution of the undead Ambrose Bierce.) A real cool battle breaks loose with a lot of Western-style shooting and punching. This certainly rocks. The hero (forgot his name - the guy actually to be hung) has those "007 - From Russia With Love" boots with knives and seeing him *kicking ass* is fun. The first gory effect can be witnessed in the takeover of the Wagon by the outlaws. One guy shoots the rider's head from behind and in the closeup the head explodes in good old 80s splatter style (remember these "Braindead"-like effects?!). Seeing the couple and A. Bierce walking thru the desert delivers a fantastic camera work, but is a bit too long in the end. They finally arrive at the Titty Twister (I didn't recognize the club having a name at all, so i call it the way we know it) and we meet Danny Trejo. Yeah, he's back and he's just great! The Western portion of the movie ends here. Just like the Gangster part in the original. The club has a lot more rooms than we know from the original and there's a lot of bitching going on there... I got the impression that in the script there's again those magic words "All hell breaks loose" when the first battle starts in the club. The director just did not make that hell come as alive as Rodriguez did in the original. I saw the early Director's Cut and I hope that these scenes were re-edited before the final cut. A lot might have been improved here as you cannot stop comparing it to the original. The next problem I experienced was the group of vampire killers (trying to kill some f=&%$ing vampires, of course) disappearing in the club's basement. It just seems as if there had been some continuity errors. I don't know. There's that special effect (well, it was half Temp shot in the version I saw) when two tentacles suddenly burst out of Rebecca Gayheart's belly. Cool! That's kind of that special effect like the gal's eating belly in the original. Finally Esmeralda meets her mother who makes her the new Vampire queen. Esmeralda cuts the mother's belly and thousands of digital 3D bats appear. The end is the most disappointing thing in that flick. The movie just is over. OK, there's one very final scene taking place nowadays, but it does not make up the bad end. I hope for the sake of all fans that the end has been redone/reshot. The vesrion I saw had still no sound effects added which will certainly improve the impact of the battles. It was not as good as I hoped (and I was hoping for about 20 months now), but the basic movie is pretty good. After certain changes that should have been made in the meantime "The Hangman's Daughter" might turn out to be a rocker. The mix of Western movie and Vampire gore is brilliant, but I expected "The Hangman's Daughter" to tell us more about the Vampires' origin, how they came to the Titty Twister and such. It does shit, the Vampires just are there like in the Original and there is NO connection to the original except for Danny Trejo's appearance which is not enough I think.
P.S.: There's NO stairway to hell and NO Aztec Temple - just dune sea ?!
Here's a fan's rating (out of 10) / rated next to the Original:
Sript: 5-6/8-9 Suspense: 5/9 Gore: 7/9 Camera: 7/10 Battles: 7/10 Acting: 5/9 Directing: 5/9 Temp music: 1/- (ONLY Mariachi style and that terrible M. Manson during the first battle - aweful! - no such stuff like "Dark Night" or "After Dark")
Overall Movie (early director's cut): 6 - 7/10 The movie it might become: 8 1/2
2/8/99 - Some of you are surely interested in one of the mail characters in The Hangman's Daughter, Ambrose Bierce (played by Michael Parks). Yes, this is indeed a real historical character whose mysterious disappearance is fuel for the film. If you'd like to read more about Bierce, then click here to go to The Ambrose Bierce Appreaciation Page.
Also, I have recieved word from a %100 accurate source that the ending of THD has been reshot and that there may be some other minor changes from the workprint bootleg that is circulating right now. I have seen that workprint (dated 7/98) and I loved every minute of it, including the ending. However, I am told that the new ending is even better. In any case, I have chosen not to write a full review of the film until I have seen the new, finished version. It would not be fair to judge the film fully on an unfinished work. However, if the film comes out better than the workprint (as it only can with improved special effects, soundeffects and score) then I expect to be even more pleased with the finished product. And I will say this about the film because these are things that will not change between workprint and finished product - there is some really nice camera work in the film, especially the dolly shots. PJ Pesce is a very good storyteller and it shows in this film. The cast is better than you might expect with Michael Parks as Bierce being the stand out of the film. I've always loved his work but this proves that he is one of the great undiscovered actors of our time. The film also has a surprising amount of surrealism in it (which works very well) and moves very quickly. You'll find many parallels to the original film, including a Seth Gecko like bandit and a sequence of slaughter that mirrors the bar scene in the middle of From Dusk Till Dawn.
4/20/99 - There is a rumor going around the net that THD will not be released and has infact been completely shelved due to poor fan response to Texas Blood Money. I'm here to tell you that it's NOT TRUE! Here is an official statement from PJ Pesce, the director of The Hangman's Daughter:
I can state with great certainty that "The Hangman's Daughter" is not being shelved. I just locked picture last week, I'll be mixing in May and the pic will be done in June. I had dinner with Cary Granat, Dimension Films President in NYC last week and he is extremely happy with the film and says it will be released in the fall.
So there you go! Don't believe people who tell you otherwise and don't believe those people who are selling the film on the net claiming that that will be your only chance to see it, ever, because they're full of crap.
And by the way folks, the film will hit American video shelves in the Fall.
Also, PJ asks all of you to refrain from seeing the film in it's workprint format (copies of which are for sale on the internet). He feels that the final cut with the reshot ending is much much better and he wants you all to see the film in the best possible way. So please don't see it just yet! I know you can't wait, I couldn't and had to see a rough cut, but after talking to PJ about it, I know he's right about it being better and so with that said, please wait till it hits video shelves in the early Fall!!!!
7/2/99 - www.cinescape.com has some new pics from The Hangman's Daughter so go check 'em out. Also, they cite the release date of the film as Jan. of 2000.
9/8/99 - I've just recieved word from a %100 reliable source that The Hangman's Daugther "will premiere Halloween weekend simultaneously at the historic Egytian Theatre in Hollywood, California and in my hometown of Miami, Florida at the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival.
Fans will actually be able to attend the premiere--they will have to be in costume and pay to get in, but PJ Pesce will be there, Robert Rodriguez will be there, Greg Nicoterro, Michael Parks, Marco Leonardi, Rebbecca Gayheart, and some surprise guests as well."
Also, some good news for Tito and Tarantula fans: The end credit's music is by Tito & Tarantula. And the opening title music was written and performed by PJ Pesce and Tito & Tarantula's own Peter Attanasoff (who plays in the band in the first one.)
1/18/00 - The film came out today. There's an additional scene on the DVD that was cut from the film when the ending was changed. Check it out!
1/27/00 - Some of you have been wondering about the cut scene that is on the DVD and how it fits in. Here's the story: As you may know, the ending was reshot and in the original ending, nobody escapes alive, including Ambrose Bierce. The cut scene in the bar would have followed that, showing the real reason why Bierce was never heard from again: He was turned into a vampire. Also, the man in the bar with Bierce is played by our director, PJ Pesce. Having seen both endings, I have to say that they both have merit. The second ending has more action and is more dramatic, making Esmeralda's story much more tragic, which I like, however the thought of Bierce roaming the earth as a vampire is just too cool and I wish it could have been kept as well.
2/2/00 - Click here to go to Dimension films official Hangman's Daughter page. It's pretty neat, lots of cool Shockwave animations.