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Zombie 4: After Death (1989)

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> Zombie (1979)
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> Zombi 3 (1988)
> Zombie 4: After Death (1989)
Genres:
Horror, Zombie Film
Director:
Claudio Fragasso Claudio Fragasso
Starring:
Jeff Stryker Jeff Stryker
Candice Daly Candice Daly
Massimo Vanni Massimo Vanni
Jim Gaines Jim Gaines
Don Wilson Don Wilson

4.4 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Tristan
Added: June 04, 2007
Zombie 4 is as much a sequel to Zombi 3, as Zombi 3 was to Zombi 2. That is to say, not really a sequel at all. It was just another attempt to cash in on Fulci's superior Zombi 2. Keeping this in mind, you can pretty much already tell what kind of zombie film you're in for.

In the opening sequence we're treated to a crazy priest doing the typical crazy priest chant, and a woman acting as though she's possessed. I don't know much about it, but I'm sure she could have taken a few pointers from Linda Blair, as she looked like an intoxicated teenager, tumbling all over the place. This woman, sporting some fantastic hair, I might add, is then claimed by hell, where we learn her daughter is waiting for her, to exact a little revenge on Earth.

Minutes later a group of scientists appear and briefly argue with the priest about the death of his daughter. It would seem they are on the island to do cancer research, which she succumbed to. One of the scientists panics, guns down the priest, (why do scientists need guns?), and needless to say, this was a bad move. Immediately, his wife returns from hell as not really a zombie, but a super powered demon with ridiculously massive gums. All are killed but young Jenny who manages to escape protected by a magical necklace given to her by her mother right before she passed away.

Fast forward 20 years, and Jenny (Candice Daly) is grown up and has returned to the island with a group of mercenaries to try and discover what happened to her parents on that fateful day, and wouldn't you know it, the engine breaks. Also on the island are a group of hikers who stumble upon the old temple where the priest worked his voodoo magic many years before. One thing leads to another, and Jenny's group meets up with the last remaining hiker Chuck (Adult film star Jeff Stryker) and the rest of the movie turns into a typical run-and-gun with lots of zombies (demons), cheap gore effects, and terrible acting.

It may seem as though I did not enjoy this movie one bit, but in truth, it's quite the opposite. While Zombi 3 was bad/good, this movie was more good than bad. It had a different storyline than most zombie films, which I admired, and it was entertaining to say the least. It wasn't a predictable, poorly thrown together film like I was expecting.

My only beef was the horrible dubbing job. There were more scenes than I'd care to count in which the actor's mouths didn't even move, but there was still dialogue. Had this been done a little better, it would have made the movie much more enjoyable.

And a short review for a short film.

5/10.
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Chad #1: Chad - added 03/16/2008, 06:04 PM
Zombi 3 was goofy, but it at least had a certain charm to it. This... this was just awful. 3/10.
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