“Zombi 3″ (1988)
Starring: Deran Sarafian, Beatrice Ring, Ottaviano Dell’Acqua
Directed by: Lucio Fulci
Rated: Not Rated
Running Time: 96 min.
Synopsis: Lucio Fulci returns to the zombie genre in his follow up to Zombi 2, where once again zombies terrorize the living and eat their flesh.
Fulci’s follow up to his 1979 cult classic Zombi 2 isn’t as good as his previous zombie masterpiece. This film doesn’t continue where the other left off. It’s just another zombie film with the name attached. It’s starts off with a group of scientists that stumble on a way to bring the dead back to life. They decided it’s too dangerous and want to destroy the formula but it is interceptive by some group of terrorists. One of the terrorists is inflected and all hell breaks loose. The military is sent in to contain the problem. Killing everyone at a hotel where the terrorist was hiding, for none of the infected get out. The body of the terrorist is burned, but then the air is polluted from the smoke and ends of infecting the whole city. The rest of the film has some teenage kids and a few military guys trying to get away from the zombies.
Although parts of the film still have a Fulci feel to them, the film is not up there with his previous works. Of course there’s very bad acting, the pace of the film is very slow, and the story could have been a lot better. The zombie make-up is decent and they are some cool zombie moments in the film. One has this crazed fast moving zombie trying to chop this girl up with a machete at a gas station. The zombie ends up not killing the girl but killing himself by hitting the gas pump accidently with the machete and blowing himself up. Other cool moments is one of the military guys trying to save one of the girls being attacked by a zombie. She falls into some water and the guy jumps in for the save. As he pulls her out, both of her legs have been torn off and she becomes one of the infected and tries to attack the guy. Also, I can’t forget to mention the flying zombie head from the refrigerator. That was bad. There was an element borrowed from Romero’s The Crazies, where you have men in white jump suits going around shooting everyone whether they’re infected or not.
The film is still worth a look for hard-core Fulci fans and anyone who just likes zombie movies. But for me the film could’ve been a lot better.