Film Review: Return of the Living Dead 3 @ FrightFest 2017
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Originally released in 1993, the third instalment in the Return of the Living Dead franchise has gone on to become a cult classic over the years. Made by the same director of Re-Animator, Brian Yuzna, the film is a fun undead flick with plenty of gore and some great looking zombies. Return of the Living Dead 3 follows Curt (J. Trevor Edmond) and Julie (Melinda Clarke) who, after witnessing a dark government reanimation experiment carried out by Curt’s dad (Kent McCord), decide to run away together to Seattle. However, after a tragic accident hits the couple, they are forced deal with the consequences of bringing the dead back to life when their actions unleash a horrifying horde into the night. Right from the off we’re given an idea of just how ridiculous Return of the Living Dead 3 will be. We’re introduced to a secret government lab that is undertaking shady and inhumane experiments that are overseen by overplayed characters. This kind of feel really helps to keep it entertaining though. If the movie took itself too seriously, it would be far less enjoyable. The characters are all just stereotypes and are very well portrayed by the cast. Curt the rebellious, drumming hero, Julie his flirty, pierced girlfriend. Even Curt’s dad plays the typical military figure, wearing his uniform for the entirety of the film. The characters being written in this overblown way helps to cement the wacky tone of the film.
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