Return of the Living Dead 3 title

Tag Line : Back from the dead and hungry for more.

Return of the Living Dead 3 Totally different in style from the parts 1 & 2, the third film in the series sort-of follows the theme set by the previous movies, in that dead bodies housed in army barrels are reactivated by green gas. However where this film differs is the absence of comedy, and the addition of exceptionally nasty gore scenes, as the film is played as a straight horror picture.

A specialist army scientific unit, under the direction of Col. John Reynolds (Kent McCord), have been developing new weapons that they hope can combat the living dead should another zombie plague brake out. In order to test their new super-gun, they reactivate a corpse using the green re-animation gas and attempt to neutralise it with their new weapon.

However, unbeknown to them the Colonel's son Curt (J. Trevor Edmond) and his girlfriend Julie (Mindy Clarke) have stolen his pass card and have been secretly watching. The experiment appears to work, but as the army technicians pack up their equipment, the supposedly re-dead corpse re-activates again and attacks the army crew, resulting in a mass bloodbath.

Fleeing from the base on their motorbike, Curt is involved in accident and Julie is killed in the crash. So Curt, in a state of shock, breaks into the base again and brings her back to life using the gas. Col. Reynolds finds out what has happened and sets out to try and track them down before the inevitable happens, but matters are complicated by an ambitious army scientist named Lt. Col. Sinclair (Sarah Douglas), who arrives with orders to replace Reynolds, and wishes to use the zombies as biological weapons.

Meanwhile Julie develops a strange body piercing fetish, and then proceeds to go around munching on people and spreading the zombie plague, which includes a street tramp, a convenience store clerk, a cop and the members of the street gang.

If you were expecting more ghoulish giggles as seen in the previous films you're in for a disappointment, as it seems to be more akin to Re-Animator than to the previous movies, but then the film was directed by Brian Yuzna, so that would explain that. As a stand alone movie it's great, there's plenty of blood, gore and zombie mayhem, but as the third in a trilogy it appears alienated from it's predecessors.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag line "She's to die for".

  • Brian Yuzna has also worked on the films "Re-Animator", "Re-Animator 2", "Necrinomicon", "The Progeny", "Ticks" and the cult shocker "Society".

  • Mindy Clark also starred as Jessica priest in "Spawn". She also starred alongside Robert Englund and Doug Bradley in the horror comedy "Killer Tongue".

  • The zombie used in the opening scene, where they're testing the new weapon, was played by a homeless man they found near the LA Aiport. They chose him because he was exceptionally skinny and had 'interesting' features that wouldn't need much makeup. Unfortunately, the strapping that covered his body was a bit baggy and his private parts kept falling out of the pouch at the front whenever his arms were raised, causing much alarm and amusement amongst the cast and crew.

  • In some European countries, the film was retitled as "Mortal Zombie"

  • TV actor Kent McCord also played Capt. Pilgrim in "Predator 2". Sci-Fi fans may recognise him from his role as Captain Troy in the original series of "Battlestar Galactica". He has also starred in the series "Farscape".

  • Brian Peck, who played 'Scuz' in the first film and numerous zombies in the second, had a brief role as one of the soldiers in hazmat suits during the intro scene where they're testing the new rifle on a newly re-animated corpse.

  • Director Anthony Hickox of "Hellraiser 3" makes a cameo as Dr Hickox.

  • The US version was very heavily censored, trimming or removing most of the gore, for it to achieve an R-rating. The full uncut version was released on a limited edition unrated laserdisc, but this has yet to appear on US DVD.

  • James Karen and Don Calfa were offered roles in the film, but they declined.

  • The UK version passed by the BBFC was the full uncut version, which was surprising for its day as at the time they were known for being very heavily censorious.

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