Return of the Living Dead 3

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The dangerous Trioxin gas is back again, and this time it’s being used to test the bounds of true love. On a motorcycle ride down the highway one night Curt and his girlfriend Julie get in an accident that leaves Julie with a severe case of dead. Lucky for Curt, his dad happens to be working on the newest version of the living death, giving Curt the chance to bring the love of his life back from the grave. Unfortunately the side effects include stiffing of the muscles, a cooling body temp, and a taste for human flesh.

Next time I turn a hapless human into a member of the walking dead I am definitely going to make sure they stay as good looking as our female zombie in this movie. Seriously, even in undeath, this girl is hot, even with things sticking out of her…still hot. My female victims always seem to rot too quickly; either that or they retain the wounds they had at the moment of death. Not that I don’t look quite the mess myself every now and again after so many years rotting away (I sometimes forget to use my makeup), but hey, who says I can’t dream. What, you didn’t think zombies could be superficial? Damn lifeist.

Our film starts off with the army back at trying to get our old friend Trioxin up and running. This time they’re positive they have it figured out (I’m not exactly sure how many times things have to go wrong before they give up, but I suppose if they were smart we wouldn’t have this many movies now would we). Problems arise when the son of the Colonel in charge of the project brings his recently deceased girlfriend in for an undead tune up after a tragic motorcycle accident. Once the two of them bust out of the woefully under guarded “top secret facility”, with the army following close behind, they decide to take a trip to Seattle in hopes that Curt (the Colonel’s son) can become the next Kurt Cobain (remember, this is 1993). Our love struck boyfriend is unprepared for the major side effect of becoming a member of those that walk without a pulse, such as the desire to consume human flesh, especially in the brain region. The only way she seems to be able to control the terrible hunger burning in her gut is to cause herself immense pain (I couldn’t quite figure out how she felt pain in the first place though, her being a zombie and all). The two lovers have to make it away from the pursuing armed forces before she succumbs to her horrible new state of being or worse, ends up as a test subject for the US Army.

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I have always been a huge fan of the Return of the Living Dead series and this movie is no exception. The gore is amazing, the acting actually gets a lot better than the last two, and the zombies are created with an extreme creatively. They took some time with doing the designs for the undead in this one, coming up with zombies that look like they stepped right out of a nightmare. Every time one of my favorite brain munching buddies popped out of a storage tank it always looked very different from anything I had seen before. Even the ones that end up turned come back with a very different look (my favorite being the gangster who comes back with his head hanging from his half ripped out spine). They got really creative this time around and I have to applaud them for that.

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{I’d party with them}

The acting was one of the things that surprised me the most for the third installment. Usually in these movies the worst part is the acting, but in this one they got actors that knew how to do their jobs, and it really showed in how well they pulled the story off. I still would like to know though how two kids manage to break into a military base with a research project like this one though, I would think they’d have more than one guard at the door and two in the base, breaking into Best Buy seems harder than this top secret facility (sitting out in plain sight by the way). However, I did like that they keep with the storyline of the other two, making sure to mention events of the other movies and even using the same Trioxin gas that has become the staple of the series.

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{Unlocked Doors: The key to top notch security}

They take a much more serious approach for the third installment which I actually found a little disappointing. I loved how the other movies did such a good job with the humor, making the dialogue hilarious and even giving the zombies a smartass attitude. This one didn’t really have that, instead sticking to a much more serious type than I would have liked for a Return of the Living Dead film. These movies aren’t really set up to be serious. I don’t want to say that it was a failure since the story really does work for the movie (other than our main zombie feeling pain) and I have to admit to really wanting our two protagonists to succeed despite their circumstances, I just would have liked to have seen the zombies wisecrack a little bit more.

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{Our two heroes prior to a motorcycle safety ad}

One thing I have to mention is how insanely hot our female zombie protagonist is. It’s weird to think of I know, but she’s hot even as a zombie, even once she’s stabbed the shit out of herself to keep her hunger at bay she still looks hot. I don’t know if this was something they worked on or if the actress just pulled it off but whatever it is, it works. This zombie was a very happy zombie watching Part 3.

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{That’s a “You know you want me” face if I’ve ever seen one}

I would definitely recommend this one as a watcher. Even if it is not on the funny side it is definitely not one you would want to miss. Return of the Living Dead Part 3 takes a different path than its two predecessors, losing the series’ humor for a more serious storyline, but it’s still a great addition to zombie cinematic history, not the mention the last in the series that will be worth a damn.

 

The Undead Review

 

Directed By: Brian Yuzna (Bride of Re-Animator, The Dentist, and Beyond Re-Animator)

Starring: Mindy Clarke (Spawn, .com for Murder), J. Trevor Edmond (Pumpkin Head 2, Lord of Illusions), and Kent McCord (Predator 2, Adam-12{TV})

Released By: Trimark Pictures and Bandai Visual Company

Release Year: 1993

Release Type: Straight to Video

MPAA Rating: Rated R

About The Undead Review

When I was alive I was an asshole and after I died remained pretty much the same, if not a little worse. You’d think becoming a member of the walking dead would mellow a person out, no more worrying about awkward small talk with people, no more having to be politically correct, and the entire world is your upright, bipedal buffet. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun as hell to be a zombie, just somewhat irritating at times, especially those times you have to watch a lame movie or read a lame book. Thankfully, when I am forced to watch these films or read those books, I’ve got places like The Undead Review to bitch and moan to my heart’s content. {When he’s not devouring the living or sinking his teeth into a good film The Undead Review (Andy Taylor) spends his time writing his own stories or hunting down the paranormal. Oh, and did we mention his blind dog once saved the world?)
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