Zombie Flesh Eaters 2 / Zombi 3 (1988)

1.0 out of 5

Lucio Fulci was replaced by hack extraordinaire Bruno Mattei partway into the filming of this botched in-name-only sequel to his famous 1979 gore fest. The resultant mess resembles the latter’s Zombie Creeping Flesh more than it does any of the late Maestro of Mayhem’s zombie delights.

Shot in the Philippines, Zombi 3 is a ridiculously bad film, notable only for containing the unique spectacles of a zombie DJ, a colony of undead buzzards and a disembodied deadite head flying out of a fridge. It also contains the screen’s first zombie birth, anticipating the scene in Zack Snyder’s much later – and much better - remake of Dawn of the Dead.

Screenwriter Claudio Fragasso helmed the even more risible Oltre la morte in the same year, later to be released internationally as Zombie 4: After Death.

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