A bunch of scientists working with the army have developed a serum to bring people back from the dead. Of course this doesn’t go to plan as the reanimated corpse goes into ‘zombie’ mode. A clueless military decide to burn the corpse and soon enough the toxins get into the air. This turns a load of birds barmy and people start turning due to the toxins in the air.
The army thinks blowing away the zombies is the solution and a massacre begins. Meanwhile, a couple of soldiers and some young 80’s hipsters join forces when they stumble into zombie central. As time passes, they all turn into the living dead and we are left with the two soldiers and an injured young woman fighting until the last. The film features a fair amount of ikky effects and the zombie make-up is quite effective on some and dreadful on others. As it’s an Italian production, the dubbing for the English speaking actors isnt’t bad and for the non English speakers, a bit dodgy. However, the dialogue isn’t exactly Shakespeare so it really doesn’t matter and it’s all complemented by a nice dated synth score.
The zombies themselves are a mixed bag. Some are the ‘Romero’ shuffling type, others move quite fast and a couple of them even talk. Saying that, the ones that jump through ceilings and think they’re stuntmen have to be seen to be believed. The film completely rips off Dan O’Bannon’s Return of the Living Dead even down to the same chimney shot from a crematorium when a body is burned. Partly directed by the great Lucio Fulci who left the film after a couple of weeks and then finished by legendary hack Bruno Mattei, Zombi 3 isn’t high art by a long shot.
In all fairness it’s a load of old crap, but entertaining amateurish (at times) crap which has to be commended by all involved in the production.
- Starring Deran Sarafian Beatrice Ring Alex McBride
- Directors Lucio Fulci and Bruno Mattei (uncredited)
- Distributor 88 Films