RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD III
released OUT NOW! 1993 | 18 | Blu-ray
Director Brian Yuzna Cast Melinda Clarke, Kent McCord, J Trevor edmond, sarah douglas
Years before Edward ran his icy fingers across Bella’s cheek, numerous films explored the forbidden attraction between humans and monsters. La Belle Et La Bête, The Company Of Wolves... Return Of The Living Dead III?
Make no mistake: this is pure ’90s VHS sleaze, but its coy exploration of kink and sexuality elevates it above the usual low-budget sequel.
After being revived by her boyfriend following a motorcycle accident, teen zombie Julie (Melinda Clarke) discovers that hurting herself is the only thing that keeps her cravings for flesh at bay.
Equating insatiable hunger with sexual desire begs to be deconstructed – one striking scene sees Julie stab herself in the hand, her face showing orgasmic bliss – but it doesn’t go far enough, and may just be remembered for being the movie with the hot zombie lady.
Extras There are two audio commentaries: the first with director Brian Yuzna; the second with actress Melinda Clarke and effects supervisor Tom Rainone. There are also five 2016 interviews with cast and crew: Yuzna and writer John Penney; actor J Trevor Edmond; production executive David Trippet and editor Chris Roth; and make-up artists Chris Nelson and Steve Johnson. Plus: storyboards, stills and trailers. Kimberley Ballard