Zombie Flesh Eaters 2 / Zombi 3 (1988)

2.0 out of 5

The result of combining the Avian influenza, a bio hazard chemical outbreak, Hitchcock’s The Birds and government eradication of both infected and non-affected individuals is Zombi 3.

When a terrorist infected with a zombie-like virus is cremated, the virus becomes airborne over a tiny island infecting all but a few survivors. This group, including a Chuck Norris lookalike, will now have to dodge both the military and the flesh eaters as they try to make it off the island alive.

This Lucio Fulci-Bruno Mattei-Claudio Fragasso three-headed monster is a name-only sequel that should have been given the subtitle Return of the Living Dead Italia. There are Return knockoff scenes including airborne zombie gas spread via cremation, a legless zombie, and smart-talking brain munchers. There is even a scene where one character does his best Thom Matthews impression with dialogue delivered to his girlfriend that begins softly before escalating into him screaming that he wants to eat her brains as he fully completes his zombie transformation. The knock-off factor aside, it is a pretty entertaining and action-packed undead flick that will keep viewers interested for 90 minutes. It also delivers some unique trademarks such as a zombie DJ, a competently machete-wielding zombie, a catapulting corpse’s head and a scene where a man saves a drowning woman’s life only to battle her now zombified body as he drags her out the water.

Even though this film has a bad reputation, there are far worse zombie films to endure out there. Along with it’s Return imitations, it’s certainly worth a look for zombie enthusiasts and horror fans in general.

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