The Sortof Sequels
How Fulci spawned an unlikely franchise
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!