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Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1993 Wide



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A more straightforward horror film than the darkly comic Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988), this third chapter in the "Living Dead" saga was directed by Brian Yuzna and is quite similar plot-wise to his earlier film, Bride of Re-Animator (1990). J. Trevor Edmond and Mindy Clarke star as Curt Reynolds and Julie Walker, a young couple in love. Curt's father is Col. John Reynolds (Kent McCord), a scientist working on a top-secret project at a nearby military compound. When Curt steals his



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[Director] Yuzna delivers a somewhat solid zombie film that at least tries for something new and unique.

October 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

It's kind of inept, but it wants to be better than it is, and that's sort of charming.

April 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

fun schlock

March 23, 2008

More zombies, more gore, more bore.

November 9, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Quite a bit better than you might expect, horror freaks!

April 3, 2005

embarrassingly funny

September 19, 2002

Audience Reviews for Return of the Living Dead 3

The third outing in this undead franchise is still just about hanging in there in terms of a decent horror film that will keep you hooked. This film unfortunately has taken the plunge into the deep dark realms of the straight to DVD which does give you a bad feeling. But fear not as despite the mawkish plot, bad acting and obvious reused sets the second half of the film gets back on track with plenty of zombie action.

The plot is the downfall really, its a bit wet and sloppy. A cringeworthy Romeo and Juliet type love story between two young teens and yet more toxic stuff. The young girl gets killed in a motorbike accident (typical reckless kids huh) and is reanimated by her boyfriend using this toxic stuff in a military base. Oh yeah the boys dad runs this military base where they are using the toxic stuff to animate the dead for dubious you do.

It is important to note that this is the first film in the series that takes itself seriously and becomes more of an outright horror leaving out the comedy aspect, plus it moves away from the first two films and tries to be a stand alone feature. Whether that's the right way to go I'm not so sure as the horror comedy aspect was the best part of the original films but this still has some really nice ideas.

Makeup effects by the wizard Steve Johnson saves this film from the abyss of crapola with some of the best creepy looking undead makeup in the whole franchise. His dark imagination combined with the high gross-out factor is uber cool as Johnson really gets to create anything he can think of. I admittedly did like the kinky 'Hellraiser-esque/fetish' look for the young undead female teen. Yeah call me a pervert but there's clearly a nice BDSM vibe going on there which is sick yet alluring at the same time.

Think of 'Evil Dead: Army of Darkness' but even more twisted and gruesome and you will get an idea of what the crazy undead hordes look like. In short this film isn't great up until the last 30min or so, then everything breaks loose and kicks ass nicely.
April 5, 2014

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A small-scale zombie movie with good gore and makeup effects. There weren't the hoards of zombies, which was disappointing. I liked some of the ideas in this forgettable movie.Tied to the first two movies, the barrels of green gas are being used to bring the dead back to life at a military research facility. Rather than escaping, it is used to revive a hot lady after she is wounded in a motorcycle accident. Isolated gorey scenes follow, with a liquor store robbery, a much-fest in some sewer tunnels, and a final battle at the lab where twisted zombie experiments were being done. Good ending, I'd say. Too bad a part 4 was never made.
February 19, 2011

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After the somewhat lacking and disappointing second film, Return Of The Living Dead 3 is a terrific return to form. Some people have compared this film with Re-Animator. ROTLD3 offers insane ammounts of gore and in the end, it pays off as Yuzna directs every scene with precision and thats what makes this film soar, Yuzna doesn't rush the film he slowly paces everything and slowly the film unfolds and succeeds in deliver something great. Return Of The Living Dead is a fine return indeed.
August 9, 2010
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Teen army brat Curt (J. Trevor Edmond) is so in love with wild, sexy punkette Julie (Mindy Clarke) that he decides not to let her untimely death in a motorcylce accident keep them apart. Thankfully his father (Kent McCord) works at a top-secret military lab experimenting on bringing the dead back to life. Curt sneaks in and uses the "Trioxin" gas to revive Julie, then spends the rest of the movie watching helplessly in horror at her mental and physical deterioration and increasing hunger for human flesh!

Having very little to do with the two previous comic RETURN titles helps Part III overcome familiarity, while director Brian Yuzna delivers loads of brain-munching horror without losing sight of the compelling, tragic central romance. Excellent FX work by Steve Johnson and many others, including Julie's amazing transformation from whimpering ghoul to multi-pierced, S&M femme fatale zombie queen.

This film was released in R and unrated versions. Shoot for the latter
October 24, 2008

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