RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 3

RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 3-United States-97 Mins. 1993

Melinda Clarke as Julie Walker (billed as Mindy Clarke)

Directed by Brian Yuzna

Written by John Penney

I love my wife. She’s a warm, loving, beautiful and intelligent lady. She completes me. All the ladies reading this may now collectively go ‘Awwww, that’s so sweet!’ I do, I love her. But there are just some things that I draw the line on. For instance, if I came home from work one night and my wife was in the living room eating some poor guys brains right out of his head then that’s it, the marriage is over. That’s what Curtis should have done in Return of the Living Dead 3. He uses the toxin from the first ROTLD to bring his girlfriend, Julie (Melinda Clarke), back to life after she breaks her neck in a motorcycle accident. Pretty soon Julie is eating brains with the rest of the living dead and Curtis is looking like that guy with the loud-mouth wife that all his buddies think is a complete bitch. Damn it, Curtis, get rid of that girl! She’s no good for you, boy!

All kidding aside, Return of the Living Dead 3 is an entertaining, if somewhat uneven entry into the ROTLD series. Melinda Clarke is a hot mess as Julie, the walking dead object of Curtis’ affections. I can’t really blame Curtis for wanting to bring her back to life; he was getting laid and Julie is pretty…until she starts her diet of human cerebellum and starts sticking everything from glass to nails into her body to try and alleviate the hunger. I guarantee you that this movie is responsible for extreme piercing.

Director Brian Yuzna is no stranger to zombie movies, having directed Bride of Re-Animator and Beyond Re-Animator. He gives horror fans what they want (blood and gore), but he sacrifices the story to do it. Return of the Living Dead 3 is not a bad film, but it is a very uneven one. The films moves along at a quick, gory pace and all of a sudden finds it bogged down in boredom. J. Trevor Edmond looks completely lost in his role as the love struck Curtis and Melinda Clarke looks embarrassed throughout a good portion of the movie. Throw in a gang of hoodlums and a homeless vet called the Riverman and you’ve got a mess. Yuzna is certainly no George Romero and Return of the Living Dead 3 is certainly no Night of the Living Dead. Then again, what is?

TRIVIA

Getting bit by Trioxin zombie in the previous two Return of the Living Dead films did not turn the individual bit into a zombie. However in Return of the Living Dead III it does.

Sadly, only the R-rated version is available on DVD. Those looking for the unrated director’s cut will have to hunt for the VHS.

Onscreen death count: 17.

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About Written in Blood

I was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina on March 4, 1962. I guess that makes me old, but I certainly don't feel that way. I still play video games and listen to rock and roll music. I love movies, especially horror films. I have a beautiful wife who is my all time best friend. She supports me in everything I do. More importantly, she calls me out on my bullshit. This blog is dedicated to her for everything she's done for me.

Posted on 11/02/2011, in 1990's Horror Films, 2 Blood Drop Ratings, Movies and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I’ll have to find it again as i can’t recall seeing it. Actually come to think of it I haven’t watched 1 and 2 neither. Nice and funny review.

    Cheers A

  2. dragonblogger

    I saw this movie a long time ago, it had Romeo and Juliette esque quality in how they both chose to burn to death in the end rather than let the girl turn into a mindless brain eating zombie. In her defense she kept piercing because the pain distracted her from wanting to eat brains. It was the first Zombie horror where a “new zombie” wasn’t quite mindless and actually had regret/fought against the Zombie conversion which was unique compared to other Zombie thrillers at the time.

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