Interesting that this is essentially a Romeo & Juliet style love-story between a living boy & his undead girlfriend, years before such conventions would become the mainstream (the internal dilemmas of recent films Life After Beth & Burying the Ex are clear descendants). Beyond the novelty of this, there's little to recommend. The first Return of the Living Dead is one of the great comedy-horrors; this is neither.
It's interesting how each installment of the "Return of the Living Dead" trilogy feels different, despite obvious similarities ;-) This one drops all the comic relief and ventures into more serious and morbid territories, and it works very well. The special effects look impressive to this day, well shot, some interesting characters - it's good to see the series picked up after the weak part 2 and ends on a high note.
Endlessly fascinating work from the pre-Scream deadzone of the early 90s. Yuzna doesn't always seem to have the tone under control and many scenes are a tad limp, but there's a bold commitment to the body-mod horror angle and the two leads play the bizarre material arrow-straight which makes for some genuine pathos and heartbreak. For me, this oddity ranks among the greatest misunderstood horror sequels.
You want a refreshing different zombie love-story with maligned body parts and a super hot Melinda Clarke pierced over her entire body? Yes, please. It is also gruesomely depressing and sad like a Romeo & Juliet for the Goth generation. It's also superior to both the original movie and it's sequel and would probably have been more highly regarded had it been released with a different title.