Darkman III: Die Darkman Die
|Darkman III: Die Darkman Die|
|Directed by||Bradford May|
|Produced by||David Roessell|
|Screenplay by||Michael Colleary
|Music by||Randy Miller|
|Edited by||Daniel Cahn|
|Distributed by||MCA Universal Home Video|
Darkman III: Die Darkman Die is an American superhero action film. It is the second sequel to Sam Raimi's Darkman, and was released direct-to-video in 1996. Like the second film, it was directed by Bradford May, a television director and cinematographer who also served as the director of photography. Series creator Sam Raimi serves as an executive producer.
Peyton Westlake (Arnold Vosloo), still searching for the key to creating a permanent liquid-skin formula to repair his burned face and hands, is approached by Dr. Bridget Thorne (Darlanne Fluegel), one of the physicians who saved Westlake's life following his brutal attack at the hands of Robert G. Durant. Thorne claims that she wants to help Westlake discover the key to his liquid skin, and also repair his nervous system, allowing him to regain some of his sensory loss. Using a laboratory set-up Thorne has, Westlake is finally able to devise a small amount of permanent liquid skin, which does not break down in sunlight as his other samples have.
However, Thorne is revealed to be the mistress of corrupt businessman Peter Rooker (Jeff Fahey). Rooker desires the super-human strength that Westlake has at his disposal. Rooker and Thorne plan to use Westlake as a guinea pig to unlock the secrets behind his strength. Westlake is captured and his liquid skin sample and research are taken. After being imprisoned for a short time, Westlake is able to escape from Rooker.
Westlake also begins to develop feelings for Rooker's wife Angela (Roxann Dawson) and her young daughter, Jenny. He decides to protect them, even posing as Rooker using a liquid-skin based mask on several occasions to spend time with them.
Rooker is able to use his experiments on Westlake to create a gang of super-human thugs, whom he orders to assassinate an idealistic District Attorney at a small gathering. Westlake is able to stop the assassination attempt. After, Rooker murders Thorne, and kidnaps his wife and daughter. He takes them back to Thorne's laboratory and holds them hostage, injecting himself with the same formula he used to give his thugs super-human strength. Westlake arrives, and after a confrontation with Rooker, is able to kill him by tricking him into falling into an industrial crushing device. He reclaims the sample of permanent liquid skin during the fight, but his research discs are destroyed by Rooker. The laboratory explodes when a natural gas line ruptures. Westlake is able to save Angela and Jenny from the blast, but Jenny's face is burned.
Westlake decides to use the liquid skin to repair Jenny's face, rather than his own. After Angela thanks him to his real, burned face, he vows to start his search for the permanent liquid skin formula again, and continue his journey to find a way to regain his lost skin.
Die, Darkman, Die was released on DVD in 2004 as part of the "Universal Studio Selections". The DVD contained no bonus material or even a main menu (although there still were chapter selections).
On August 7, 2007, all three Darkman films were released in a box set by Universal Home Video.