Zombi 3 (1988)

Posted: December 22, 2011 in Movie Review
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Zombi 3 (1988)

Directed By: Lucio Fulci, Bruno Mattei

Starring: Deran Sarafian, Beatrice Ring, Ottaviano Dell’Acqua, Mike Monty, Uli Reinthaler, Deborah Bergamini

Subgenre: Zombies

Zombi 3

Synopsis: When a biological weapon is stolen from a tropical military base, it’s unintentional release causes people to turn into flesh eating zombies.

Thoughts: When Dario Argento re-edited Dawn of the Dead as Zombi to be released in Italy, the producers of Lucio Fulci’s film (Zombie, Zombi 2, Zombie Flesh Eaters) wanted him to make a few script changes to connect it to Romero’s film. Zombi 3 or Zombie Flesh Eaters 2 as it is also known is the sequel to that film.  Fulci was brought on to direct it, but served to film only parts of the movie. It is believed that an illness was the reason that Fulci pulled out. Bruno Mattei was brought in to finish the film. Mattei made some changes that resulted in a zombie film that really did not resemble Fulci’s work. In an interview on the Shriek Show DVD, Mattei said that Fulci’s work comprised about 50 minutes of screen time.

Like Fulci’s Zombi 2, Zombi 3 takes place on a tropical island, which is a fantastic place for a zombie movie, but this time, the chaos involves the military, both as the protagonists and the antagonists.  The Military scientists are desperately trying to contain the outbreak while a group of soldiers on leave are trying to escape the island.

Zombi 3 was not nearly as bad as I was expecting. The zombie makeup was very well done, which is to be expected when Fulci is involved.  The plot and acting were beyond bad, but we are talking about an Italian B Zombie movie here.  Not all of them can be as good as City of the Living Dead or The Beyond. It is a worthy addition to the zombie genre, but probably best to be viewed by zombie fanatics.

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