Director – Lucio Fulci, Claudio Fragasso, Bruno Mattei
Cast – Deran Sarafian, Beatrice Ring, Ottaviano Dell’Acqua, Massimo Vanni, Ulli Reinthaler, Marina Loi, Deborah Bergamini, Luciano Pigozzi, Mike Monty
Release Year – 1988
Reviewed by John of the Dead
Nine years after his wildly popular film Zombi(Zombi 2), legendary horror director Lucio Fulci followed up that film with Zombi 3. Although Mr. Fulci left this project very early in it’s production, it still wound up being a faced paced and ridiculously fun flick with three times the zombie carnage of it’s predecessor. This film is not as great ast Zombi, but it proves to be a fun watch for the fans.
Zombi 3 takes place on an isolated tropical area where a government funded laboratory has been doing experimental research on a virus known as “Death One”. The virus has the ability to wake up the dead, but with uncontrollable results. This forces the scientists to cancel the project for fear that an outbreak of this virus would be unstoppable and lead to worldwide chaos. During an attempt to rid the world of this nasty virus, the laboratory is attacked by a group of terrorists and one of them runs off with the virus in tow. During his run from the authorities he becomes infected and perishes before the military can get to him. In a feeble attempt to rid of all traces of this virus the military burns the body, which only disperses the virus to a much wider domain. Soon enough all hell has broken loose and a small group of survivors must battle the oncoming zombie invasion, as well as a military faction with orders to kill all within the infected zone.
This is by no means one of Lucio Fulci’s better directing efforts, mainly because he really did not direct this film, yet the film is marketed as if he did. Replacing him on the directors chair was Claudio Fragasso and his counterpart Bruno Mattei, who often works with Fragasso. Claudio Fragasso’s name is often referred to in conversations regarding the worst horror films of all time, and can you guess why? Well, this man is the man behind the horrendous film Troll 2, which accounts for several Youtube videos showing scenes from this film that prove just how bad it really is. Nonetheless I found Zombi 3 to be a run watch for what it is. This film comes with plenty of action and lots of zombies, isn’t that all a film really needs anyway? These two elements help this film with it’s positive pacing and of course this being an 80s Italian horror film…it comes with a pretty sweet musical score. The film’s writing could have been better, but overall it’s story is an interesting one. I’m a big fan of governments creating experimental viruses and having it come back and slap them in the face, so this film sat well with me. If you are looking for a film with great dialogue then you gotta look elsewhere. It honestly seems like the script was written in 15 minutes, but tath’s part of the fun. This flick has some of the cheeziest dialogue I’ve ever heard, and I loved all of it. This is one of those no-brainer sit-back-and-laugh type horror films, and these two directors gave us a film that makes it’s viewers do just that. We get acrobatic zombies that jump off buildings, a pregnant zombie with a little tyke ready to consume human flesh, and even some type of zombie sharks as well. Yes, I’m serious. Probably my favorite aspect of this film is the zombies. These guys created some pretty sweet looking zombies, and every scene of the zombies slow-walking through the fog was just plain awesome. Bravo!
If you look past this film’s dialogue and acting flaws then this won’t be a bad watch at all. My only complaint was that I expected a lot more gore and sweet looking zombie deaths. Because this film implores the military you can always rest assured there is going to be lots of firearm action, but unfortunately it seems this film had a pretty low budget. Not only do the rifles not actually fire 90 percent of the time, but we don’t get to see the bullets hit the zombie’s body…90 percent of the time! Oh well, it is what it is.
Overall, this is a fun watch that I recommend to fans of it’s predecessor, Zombi, or just overall fans of zombie flicks. If you watch this film for what it is, you should come out smiling.