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Return of the Living Dead III (1993)

Having recently witnessed the horrific results of a top secret project to bring the dead back to life, a distraught youth performs the operation on his girlfriend after she's killed in a motorcycle accident.

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Brian Yuzna

Writer:

John Penney
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kent McCord ... Colonel John Reynolds
James T. Callahan ... Colonel Peck
Sarah Douglas ... Colonel Sinclair
Melinda Clarke ... Julie Walker (as Mindy Clarke)
Abigail Lenz Abigail Lenz ... Mindy
J. Trevor Edmond ... Curt Reynolds
Jill Andre ... Chief Scientist
Michael Decker Michael Decker ... Science Technician
Billy Kane Billy Kane ... Sentry
Mike Moroff ... Santos
Julian Scott Urena ... Mogo (as Fabio Urena)
Pía Reyes Pía Reyes ... Alicia (as Pia Reyes)
Sal Lopez ... Felipe
Dana Lee ... Store Owner
Michael Deak ... Cop #1 (as Michael S. Deak)
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Storyline

Colonel Reynolds and his group of government scientists continue their work on re-animating the dead for military use. His son Curt and his girlfriend Julie use Dad's security pass to sneak in and watch the proceedings. Later when father and son have a disagreement, Curt and Julie take off on a motorcycle and Julie is killed in an accident. Grief-stricken, Curt takes her body to the lab and brings her back to life. Curt must help Julie deal with her new existence as military agents and local gang members try to find them. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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She's To Die For. See more »

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Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 February 1994 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Return of the Living Dead 3 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,810, 31 October 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$54,207, 31 October 1993
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Penney and Brian Yuzna claim in recent Vestron Blu-Ray extras that they felt the need to explain why zombies eat brains. The film explains they need the neurons because their nervous systems shut down. The first Return of the Living Dead explains it by saying "brains make the pain go away". Why a further explanation was needed isn't clear, especially since ROTLD3's zombie seem to eat any body part and don't just go for the brain as they did in the first 2 films. See more »

Goofs

(at around 7 mins) During one of the early observation room scenes, Colonel Reynolds right (on screen left) epaulet clearly bears the rank of colonel, while his left epaulet (on screen right) bears the rank of lieutenant colonel. In the previous scene as well as those immediately following, both epaulets bear the rank of lieutenant colonel. See more »

Quotes

Curt Reynolds: I liked you when you were... the way you were before.
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Alternate Versions

Vidmark released this film in both Unrated and R-rated versions on VHS and laserdisc in the 1990s. The R version deletes the majority of the film's gore from the opening lab sequence, as well as heavily reducing the shooting of the storekeeper, removing scenes where a cop's eye is punctured with a crowbar and closeups of Julie's self-mutilation with a wire spring and a piece of glass, and a reduction to the infamous 'ripped lip' sequence. See more »

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Very good for this zombie subgenre
12 May 2003 | by capkronosSee all my reviews

Teen army brat Curt (J. Trevor Edmond) is so in love with wild, sexy punkette Julie (Mindy Clarke) that he decides not to let her untimely death in a motorcylce accident keep them apart. Thankfully his father (Kent McCord) works at a top-secret military lab experimenting on bringing the dead back to life. Curt sneaks in and uses the "Trioxin" gas to revive Julie, then spends the rest of the movie watching helplessly in horror at her mental and physical deterioration and increasing hunger for human flesh!

Having very little to do with the two previous comic RETURN titles helps Part III overcome familiarity, while director Brian Yuzna delivers loads of brain-munching horror without losing sight of the compelling, tragic central romance. Excellent FX work by Steve Johnson and many others, including Julie's amazing transformation from whimpering ghoul to multi-pierced, S&M femme fatale zombie queen.

This film was released in R and unrated versions. Shoot for the latter.

Score: 7 out of 10


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