Return of the Living Dead 3
Directed by: Brian Yuzna
A sequel, two notches away from the original source, shouldn’t really become a cult classic should it? Especially as the second installment only added insult to injury – despite finding it’s own place in zombie filmography and horror fans collections. Taking a daring step away from the black comedy splatter fest that Dan O’Bannon and John Russo’s original movie once was, and even further from the tepid not really that fun, and not really scary, failure of Ken Wiederhorn’s Return of the Living Dead II 1988, splatter-flick pioneer Brian Yuzna dug deep into the origins of the living dead to bring one of the franchises greatest moments; Return of the Living Dead 3.
Teenagers Curt [J. Trevor Edmond] and Julie [Mindy Clarke] are deep in love. Nothing can tear them apart… not even Curt’s stern military dad, top-secret research facilities or even death it’s self. After trying to impress his girlfriend by snitching his dad’s security pass card and sneaking into his research facility, and instead seeing a man being brought back to life, and then shot in the head, the couple take off scared and panicked with what they have seen. After another domestic conflict with his father at home Curt adolescently storms out of the house, most likely intent on running away with Julie. But fate has other plans for them and a freak accident leaves Julie dead. With the knowledge of what goes on in his fathers secret laboratory Curt has a second chance at love. But playing God has a price.
You need to pay attention to how characters are introduced in The Return of the Living Dead 3. The audiences’ first encounter with Julie sees her testing her endurance as she holds her hand over a flame – this will return throughout the movie and kinda sets a trait for her character. Curt arrives with the magic keycard and they both take off in what they think will be a mission to rescue animals from military experiments. We know from these few scenes that these are two typical young kids, trying out limits, seeking their place in life and engaged in the stuff that kids that age are, rock music, making out and rebelling against anyone and everything.