Alright, here’s the screwy genealogy of Zombi 3; it is the sequel to Zombie… which is known as Zombi 2 overseas, which was an unofficial sequel to Dawn Of The Dead, which is known as Zombi in Italy. So technically, in some totally bizarre way, this horrible little film can actually be traced all the way back to Romero’s original Night Of The Living Dead!
But that’s as far as the similarities go, because this film is kind of a mess. Apparently Lucio Fulci abandoned the project, leaving Bruno Mattei to finish the film… and the resulting patchwork was released in 1988 as Zombi 3.
The plot revolves around a biological weapon that can bring the dead back to life. A failed heist results in the spread of this chemical, and eventually it leads to yet another zombie apocalypse… on some tropical island in the Philippines, i think. Like most things in this film, the location is never entirely clear.
At times the zombies will be shuffling around slowly, barely creeping their way through the fog. At others, they will literally be leaping from the rafters and kung-fu fighting. It’s an inconsistency you’ll just have to accept in order to enjoy Zombi 3. And, believe it or not, you can enjoy Zombi 3!
It’s actually a fun film. And, despite the haphazard production, it finds a steady pace and provides plenty of zombie action! And, from what i hear, it’s hardly the worst of the Zombie films… but more on that later in the month.
Best Scene: The last thing you’d expect to see in the refrigerator is… a flying zombie head!
Worst Scene: I was expecting another zombie baby, but instead a full-sized, adult zombie hand reaches up out of a pregnant woman’s womb. I still have no idea how that was supposed to make any sense.
Make It Longer: Rather than pretend that this DVD version is a special “director’s cut”… Shriek Show admits that they were simply attempting to mimic the longest possible cut of the film.
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