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Zombie 3 (1988)

Zombi 3 (original title)
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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?


Claudio Fragasso stated that after the final editing of the film that Lucio Fulci shot, it had a running time of 70 minutes, but felt like a slow montage, and was cut down further to 50 minutes. Bruno Mattei and Fragasso were hired to increase the running time and shot 40 minutes of extra footage. See more »


15 minutes into the film, a room service boy enters the infected mans bedroom to bring him water. After he leaves, he asks a female colleague to clean the room. When she enters, it is clearly a completely different room. See more »


Glenn: I'm feeling better, Patricia, but I'm thirsty... for your blood!
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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 UK release (entitled Zombie Flesh Eaters 2), along with several other European prints, miss out on a five minute pre-credit intro scene showing Dr Holder and his assistant trying to re-animate a corpse. This scene is included in the Japanese releases by Tokuma Japan Video and Magnet DVD. See more »


Follows Zombie 5: Killing Birds (1987) See more »


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

decent at best
9 February 2003 | by tripperMSee all my reviews

i am a major "b" film and horror fan and got introduced to "giallo" films with dario argento's deep red. i fell in love with the genere! it's right up my alley. i also started in on other great giallo directors like Lamberto Bava, Bruno Mattei, and Adalberto Albertini. i really dig lucio fulci's early works, but it seems that with this film he just wasn't all there (and after reading other comments about Mattei's editing and directing involvment it's even more clear).

it's choppy and slow at times. the zombies and effects are cool, but the plot's been done before and that's why i think that this is more a Mattei film than a fulci film. (Mattei loved doing zombi films i guess) fulci was more original in his early stories like 7 doors of death - my personal favorite - and house by the cemetary. of course the fact that the horror genere just exploded in the 70's and everyone had their two cents in didn't help in getting original stories out there. zombi 3 was done towards the end of the grand 70's era of horror and it shows.

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Filipino | Tagalog | Italian | English

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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Technical Specs


| (heavily cut) | (cut) (DVD edition)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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