Return of the Living Dead – Part 3 is considered the last in the ‘Return…’ series as it’s the last to mention the infamous Trioxin which reanimates the dead. Thus, like I said in my review of Part 1, I shall pretend that Parts 4 and 5 do not exist.
In retrospect, I’m kinda wishing I’d included Part 3 in that mental block…
Part 3 is essentially a love story. But with zombies. How someone thought that would work is anyone’s guess. In short: guy falls for girl, they (somehow!) break in to a military base and see that the boys dad is part of the Trioxin program and see a corpse brought back to life.
Son and dad argue, boy wraps motorbike around tree, kills girlfriend, breaks in to military base (while carrying her dead body (?!) and reanimates her. Of course, becoming a zombie is tough going and, along the way, she gives in to her brain-eating urges.
Note how I’ve said nothing about the comedy aspect of Part 3? That’s because there is no comedy in Part 3. And in previous films the Trioxin was spread through rain, here it’s traditional bite=zombie fare.
The effects in Part 3 are pretty good. Although the big zombie dude, from parts 1 and 2, isn’t in part 3 which was a bit of a shame, he was awesome. Although there is one big zombie guy who seems to be a tad melted, he’s pretty cool.
Somethings in the movie just don’t make sense, such as: the posh English chick who is apparently sent down from Washington (?) and how the kid, and his girlfriend, can sneak in to a military base so easily. How he manages to sneak in with his dead girlfriend is something I don’t think even David Copperfield could do…
Anyway… as she becomes more and more zombified, she starts poking metal spike,s and God knows what else, in to herself – for reasons unknown to me, I could see the point if she was a vampire wanting blood, but she’s a zombie that, like the vampire, should be after uncontaminated humans. Well, as we near the end of the movie she becomes uber-zombie-chick with spikes all over her body and starts beating up folk. Very odd.
In all honesty she still looks pretty hot and much like the goth chicks you see on an average day walking down the street, which is kinda scary when you think about it, that a film from 1993 predicted that chicks would indeed dress up in spikes and ripped-up clothing and call it fashion.
While some of the effects are cool, the love-story sub-plot just doesn’t fit in with a zombie movie, so I have to mark it down for trying to be all lovey-dovey and going for a ‘heart-break’ ending. Like I give a rats ass about their love? I’m there to see zombies and gore.
Although she does go topless, briefly.