Black Demons / Demoni 3 (1991)

1.0 out of 5

Three American students, including voodoo-obsessed Dick, travel to Brazil. Dick attends a macumba ritual one night, secretly records it, and receives a strange amulet. Soon after, the trio’s jeep breaks down and they are offered refuge by a couple who occupy a nearby cursed plantation, where a group of slaves were executed long ago during an attempted uprising. Dick begins acting as if possessed, and plays the recording at a graveyard, which causes the six executed slaves to rise as zombies in order to seek revenge upon those currently inhabiting the plantation.

Despite the Italian title, Umberto Lenzi’s film has nothing to do with Lamberto Bava’s Demons series, and is also not to be confused with Bava’s Demons 3: The Ogre. There are no demons in this film, only slow-moving zombies that wield farming implements as weapons, and drag chains from their ankles and wrists.

There are a few atmospheric scenes, such as the macumba ritual and a foggy graveyard at night, but otherwise there is not much to recommend. The cast is forgettable, with performances ranging from unenthusiastic to overacting. There are a few gory scenes, but the special effects and zombie make-up leave much to be desired.

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