The Sortof Se­quels

How Fulci spawned an un­likely fran­chise

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Time Machine -

Given that Zom­bie Flesh Eaters was pitched as a se­quel to Dawn Of The Dead in Italy, it makes per­fect sense that Zombi 3 would emerge in 1988. Made for scant change in the Philip­pines, long af­ter the Ital­ian hor­ror boom had dried up, and fin­ished by the pro­duc­ers af­ter Fulci fell ill, Zombi 3 takes its cash­strapped cues from the com­edy-car­nage of Re­turn Of The Liv­ing Dead rather than Ge­orge Romero. De­spite be­ing a flop, Zombi 3 gave way to Zombi 4 ( 1989), a made- for- VHS voodoo- themed cheapie that of­fers ac­tors in cut- price Hal­loween masks and butcher shop spe­cial ef­fects. Fulci had noth­ing to do with it – nor with the Zombi 5: Killing Birds ( 1987), which in­tro­duces air­borne an­tag­o­nists and which was, bizarrely, re­leased two years be­fore the fourth in­stal­ment!

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