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on 9 October 2002
A secret military experimental virus is stolen by terrorists, but when it’s recovered there’s been a spillage that’s infected the man responsible. Once captured, he’s killed and his body burnt, this causes the virus to mutate and infect birds that in turn attack people causing an epidemic that spreads like wildfire. Once dead, the infected people rise from their graves like an army of toxic avengers with a taste for human flesh.
Boasting a legendary 15 minutes of footage directed by gore maestro Lucio Fulci (who had to be replaced due to ill health), and originally filmed as a 3-D experience that never made it out of Italy, Zombie 3 (as it was better known before Vipco had the brainwave of retitling it) stinks of Bruno Mattei. It bears more than a passing resemblance to Mattei’s wholly directed Hell Of The Living Dead (aka Zombie Creeping Flesh) not least through the combination of its lightweight story and bonehead characters that are, quite frankly, interchangeable. The script is both appalling and cheesy, the direction lacks suspense and tension…in fact this film should be consigned to the zombie chaff bin but for one thing – its satisfying and competent gore effects that are the only real element that save this thick wedge of cheddar.
Carrying a hamfisted ecological message buried somewhere amidst the buckets of blood, Zombie 3 unfolds somewhat like a bad dream, getting steadily worse as the film progresses until it’s residing deep in the depths of the bottom of the zombie movie barrel. There are saving graces though, the gore as I said before runs freely at every opportunity, and with a plethora of exploding heads, amputations, throat rippings, and shredded faces there’s more than enough to quench your thirst for the red stuff. Some scenes even show a dreamlike quality with the occasional lapse into atmospheric camerawork recalling memories of previous superior zombie works such as The Beyond and Zombi 2 (aka Zombie Flesheaters), but unfortunately the overuse of green filters and dry ice fails to sustain the mood for very long. Still, the zombies themselves are an odd and somewhat inconsistent bunch as they shamble along at a dead slow (excuse the pun) pace then explode into manic life when given the opportunity to grapple with some fresh meat. They seem to flit between Herculean strongmen and comatose weaklings depending on how much “drama” (and I use the term very loosely) the scene requires. But then, since when has an Italian zombie movie been driven by logic?
Zombie 3 is by no means a good film, but it’s far more fun to watch than it has any right to be. It’s a film about ideas rather than the technical skill to develop them and carry them through as a dramatically satisfying experience. The script is weak and the acting is bargain basement stuff, but it certainly has a cheeky charm that just might be able to put a smile on your face.
Bruno Mattei used to paint houses for a living. It shows.
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on 2 April 2002
This semi-sequel to Fulci's gore classic has been the subject of many bad reviews. While it owes more to Return of the Living Dead than to the original Zombie, it is still a fun and entertaining sequel. The DVD itself leaves a bit to be desired though, with pale colors and a scene missing (a five minute precredit sequence). Other than that, the film is uncut and a pretty well done zombie shocker that will not disappoint.
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on 9 October 2004
Everyone knows zombie flesh eaters was a huge hit everywhere. It is uncut in every country,but america, and if i were you i'd go to america and buy it right now( if i could find it ). this was such a good film(obviously)lucio fulci started to make another incredibly gory zombie splatter movie. Zombie flesh eaters 2 was yet another brilliant hit. More gore,more zombies, more violence. But no zombies doing kung fu. As tons of magazines say. Still definitly one to look out for.4 stars.
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on 30 March 2016
Great movie!
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on 20 January 2013
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