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Friday, November 15, 2013

Zombi 3 (1988)

This most certainly ain’t The Walking Dead but, hey, modern zombie films needed to start somewhere!  George Romero got the ball shambling with Night of the Living Dead  (1968) which he followed up with Dawn of the Dead (1978).  Meanwhile the Italians decided to get into the game with Dario Argento doing the European cut of Dawn of the Dead (1977 )[I think it’s superior to the American version] and Lucio Fulchi writing his own sequel to Night of the Living Dead and entitled it Zombi 2 (1979).  [Night was entitled Zombi when it hit the European market.]  Follow me so far?  It took Fulchi 9 years to do the sequel.  Was it worth the wait?

Zombi 3 is a mixed bag.  One reason for this may have been that Fulchi suffered a stroke during the making of the film and was replaced by two other directors.  This is always a difficult thing for any film to survive.
 

The second reason has to do with inconsistency in the way the zombies move and inhabit the film.  This is a BIG pet peeve of mine which makes me a total zombie-nerd!  At times, they are a combination of Romero’s shamblers and White Zombie’s (1932) arms-straight-out moaners.  Then, these same zombies are 28 Days Later running, crazy viral zombies.  Sorry, this just doesn’t cut it for me.  All of the actors should have gone to zombie camp to learn a specific way of moving in this film.

 The good news is that some of the make-up and sight gags are really good.  Chief make-up artist Franco Di Girolamo does some good work here by 1980’s standards.  But, again, the work is as inconsistent as the movement.  The zombies lack the artistic cohesion that was seen in Zombi 2 which was done by a different FX person.

As far as plot goes, it’s all pretty predictable stuff.  No subversive social commentary here.  Just an island full of zombies and humans to devour.  After having seen Zombi 2, I was definitely disappointed in Zombi 3.  It’s not god-awful but it lacks the spark that made Zombi 2 one of Fulchi’s finest films.  If you love zombie film, you need to see this.  If the sub-genre doesn't thrill you, skip this one altogether.

RATING: Good.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.


 

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Psychic (1977)

Yawn.  Who knew having psychic ability could be so dull.  Not sure why this one is rated so highly on IMDB.  I just couldn’t get into it.  I thought it was a total snore-fest.  The Psychic is the story of Virginia who is constantly haunted by pictures of the past and future.  She spend the entire film trying to figure out what these visions mean.

Lucio Fulci is the director/writer on this film, and while it is skillfully put together, it’s about as exciting as watching a nature documentary on PBS.  Not much happens anywhere in The Psychic except tortured stares.  I was simply happy to see it end!

You can look elsewhere for other reviews on The Psychic,  but if you’ve agreed with my perspective on horror films in the past, trust me on this one.  Boring.  Boring. Bor-ing!

RATING: Fair.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.