When a terrorist's body, infected with a stolen chemical, is cremated by the US military, a virus is unintentionally released into the atmosphere over a small island.


Lucio Fulci, Claudio Fragasso (uncredited) | 1 more credit »


Claudio Fragasso (story), Claudio Fragasso (screenplay)





Cast overview:
Deran Sarafian ... Kenny Waters
Beatrice Ring ... Patricia
Ottaviano Dell'Acqua ... Roger Smith (as Richard Raymond)
Massimo Vanni ... Bo (as Alex McBride)
Ulli Reinthaler ... Nancy
Marina Loi Marina Loi ... Carole
Deborah Bergamini ... Lia
Luciano Pigozzi ... Plant Director (scenes deleted) (as Alan Collins)


When a terrorist's body, infected with a stolen chemical, is recovered by the US military, the corpse is cremated, unintentionally releasing the virus/bacteria into the atmosphere over a small island. Soon the infected populace mutate into flesh-hungry zombies, and a trio of soldiers on leave must team up with a group of tourists and board themselves up in an abandoned hotel as they try to fend off the agile and aggressive living dead. Written by Scott Lister

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence and gore, and brief language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


In the original script, the skull which flies out of the freezer was not included - it was added by Lucio Fulci. He later remarked that he felt it was one of the most clever things he had come up with, and was the only thing about the movie he was truly proud of. See more »


Patricia's leg injury means that she spends the majority of the film with a severe limp: however, this conveniently disappears when she has to jump into a canoe and steps over three or four seats to reach the front. See more »


Professor Holder: They have to stop him... or it'll mean the end of everything!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear over footage of three separate groups of characters travelling to the same destination (the helipad outside the chemical plant). All three groups converge once the credits end. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Spanish Castilian DVD release by Filmax Home Video in 2004, presents a 84 minute censored version. Most of the violent scenes are reduced. See more »


Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Burial Ground: Nights of Terror (2007) See more »


The Sound of Fear
Written by Mario Zaccagnini (as Zac) - Stefano Mainetti (as S. Mainetti)
Performed by Clue In The Crew
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User Reviews

Fun zombie trash.
16 August 2003 | by DarkReflectionSee all my reviews

Very fun (because it's stupid) zombie flick which may not have the style of Fulci's other work (considering he only directed 15 minutes of the film), but it's a very mindlessly entertaining, suspenseful, and fun ride. Has great action scenes, a none-too-serious atmosphere, and a stable script. Most of the direction (by noted hack Bruno Mattei) is pretty uninspired and trashy, but the film is great entertainment material. The zombies seem to go from intelligent and fast to slow and dumb at the drop of the dime! (I guess it depended on who was in the director's chair). It may be poorly made, but it's still great fun with some silly gore scenes. Check it out!

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Release Date:

29 July 1988 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Zombie 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

Company Credits

Production Co:

Flora Film See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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