Return of the Living Dead III

1993

Action / Horror / Romance / Sci-Fi

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 55% · 11 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 40% · 10K ratings
IMDb Rating 5.9/10 10 16846 16.8K

Director

Top cast

Melinda Clarke as Julie Walker
Anthony Hickox as Dr. Hickox
Sarah Douglas as Colonel Sinclair
Kent McCord as Colonel John Reynolds
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650.18 MB
1280*714
English 2.0
R
25 fps
1 hr 37 min
Seeds 4
1.38 GB
1920*1072
English 2.0
R
25 fps
1 hr 37 min
Seeds 14

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by paul_haakonsen 5 / 10

A deviation from the franchise...

While this is officially the third movie in the "Return of the Living Dead" line, then it feels nothing like the previous two. Brian Yuzna veered so far off course with his direction and personal touch that it stopped being a "Return of the Living Dead" movie and just turned into another typical Yuzna-produced monster movie.

That being said, don't get me wrong, because it is still en enjoyable movie in its own right. Just don't expect a "Return of the Living Dead" movie as per se.

The special effects were good, as you would expect from your average Yuzna movie, and there were some really great zombies to be seen in this movie, just a shame that they were only there for the last 10 minutes of the movie.

Melinda Clarke really carried the movie quite well and almost singlehandedly. And her transformation into that undead creature was nice, however Yuzna managed to sleaze up the movie unnecessarily with the nudity throughout the movie.

Surely an entertaining movie for what it was. I just don't consider it to be in the spirit of the "Return of the Living Dead" franchise. And it is not a movie that is a must own for a zombie aficionado.

Reviewed by BA_Harrison 9 / 10

Brian Yuzna brings the ROTLD series back to life.

*** This review is of the unrated version of Return of the Living Dead 3 ***.

After the lamentable Return of the Living Dead Pt 2, which failed spectacularly to replicate the pitch-perfect blend of horror and comedy of the original movie, it looked unlikely that horror fans would be treated to another sequel.

In 1993, however, director Brian Yuzna seized the opportunity to breathe life back into the series, and delivered a funny, gory, scary, and even occasionally romantic treat that stayed true to the original in terms of style (anarchic, twisted and laced with black humour), but also managed to be remarkably fresh (well, as fresh as a film about zombies can be!).

Col. John Reynolds (Kent McCord) works in a high-security base where he heads a team of scientists conducting top-secret experiments, using Trioxin gas to re-animate the dead for military use. His teenage son Curt (J. Trevor Edmond) is convinced by his tasty goth girlfriend Julie (Mindy Clarke) to steal his father's security pass, and the two sneak into the base where they witness a dead body being brought back to life.

Later that evening, Curt has an argument with his old man, and decides to leave home. Together with his girlfriend, he takes off on his motorcycle, but doesn't get far before he crashes the bike and Julie is thrown to her death. Not to worry, though. 'cos Curt still has his father's pass...

Written by John Penney, the inventive script keeps events interesting from start to finish, freewheeling from one OTT moment to the next, whilst Yuzna's energetic direction ensures that the film is just as brilliant visually. The film may suffer occasionally from some cheesy acting and cheap sets (the military base is rather fragile, wobbling occasionally when touched), but with surprisingly good cinematography and loads of top-notch gore on display, ROTLD 3 looks great.

The unbelievably bloody effects are particularly impressive and often rather nauseating. Fingers are ripped off, brains munched, spines ripped out, faces eaten, and, when Julie is reanimated and eventually feels the need to eat people, she indulges in a spot of yucky body modification to take her mind off her hunger, cutting and piercing herself with nails, glass, metal springs, and any other sharp objects she can lay her hands on. Of course, as hard as she tries not too, she does chow down on a few unfortunate victims, who inevitably turn into zombies as well.

The army eventually turns up, led by Col. Reynolds, who is hoping to save his son before he becomes zombie nosh. Once under control, the undead are shipped back to the base, where nasty Lt. Col. Sinclair (Sarah Douglas) is eager to begin her experiments: putting exoskeletons on the living dead to create super-strong bio-mechanical weapons!

With buckets of blood 'n' guts, Mindy Clarke's boobs, loads of manky walking corpses, and a nifty downbeat ending, Part 3 is excellent entertainment which no self-respecting zombie fan can afford to miss.

Reviewed by gavin6942 6 / 10

Before the Series Went to Heck...

Having recently witnessed the horrific results of a top secret project to bring the dead back to life, a distraught youth (J. Trevor Edmond) performs the operation on his girlfriend (Melinda Clarke) after she is killed in a motorcycle accident.

Apparently when this film came out, it was something of a flop and received mixed reviews. I remember it differently, though by the time I was familiar with the movie it was already out on VHS, so I can't speak to the theater crowd. I felt this was a strong sequel, perhaps even better than part two. Sure, it goes off the track a bit, but that is part of its strength -- it dared to go in a new direction. And looking back now (2015), we see that it comes across even better compared to the awful things following it.

Leading this project was Brian Yuzna, who is best known for his work on "Re-Animator", "Bride of Re-Animator" and "Society". Yuzna's work is hit and miss, but he is a horror master to his core and this film is lucky to have him. Writing and producing is John Penney, who is probably less well-known. Penney started his career as a film editor, with his first job being an assistant editor on "The Dorm That Dripped Blood" and also worked on the original "Return of the Living Dead". He ought to be better known, as he has worked in horror for over thirty years now...

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