Friday, 30 April 2010
disappointing pseudo-Fulci: ZOMBI 3
The trailer makes “Zombie 3” look like a dream-come-true film: flamethrower action, explosions, helicopters, keyboard soundtrack and hordes of zombies. However, the actual movie is quite slow-paced and underwhelming.
I had pretty much zero reaction when first watching "Zombie 3", but had returned to this odd film numerous times over the years. Sequences involving soldiers in contamination suits are by far the most exciting ones.
80’s fashions are abominable and there’s an air of poverty hanging over the locations. Zombies look like tramps, limping about with mud caked onto their faces.
“Zombie 3” is lacking the dynamics Bruno had previously managed to lend to his own uneven, but faster-paced films: “Emanuelle in Prison” and “SS Girls”.
The film’s biggest problem has to be the bunch of hateful lead characters whom it’s impossible to care for. Beatrice Ring has always seemed to me the most unbearable of the lot. Ring, a late-comer to the Italian horror industry has dubious honour of starring in perhaps the weakest horror-themed work to come out of Italy, Lamberto Bava’s tedious TV production “Graveyard Disturbance”.
Massimo Vanni has the best scene – fighting a load of zombies by the swimming pool.
Action sequences are plentiful, but what’s in between is such dreck!
“Military VS doctors” scenes in Romero’s “The Crazies” on which Mattei modelled his film are just as boring as their imitations in “Zombie 3”.
Yet something makes me revisit this film now and again. Perhaps, it’s the near-legendary "flying skull" scene. Or the occasionally atmospheric synth score by Stefano Mainetti.
No matter what you think of it, “Zombie 3” will remain a unique film in the history of the genre just by virtue of strange circumstances under which it was made.