Zombie Flesh Eaters 2 / Zombi 3 (1988)
A terrorist steals a chemical ominously called "Death 1", but after he becomes infected, the military find his body and cremate him. As anyone who has seen The Return Of The Living Dead could have told them - this is not going to turn out well. The infection spreads through the smoke into the atmosphere, people turn into gymnastically-trained zombies, and things start to get very silly indeed.
Now I'm not going to pretend this is a good film. Despite the packaging and title suggesting it's an official sequel to Fulci's classic gory movie, Zombie Flesh Eaters 2 has virtually nothing to do with its predecessor. Even the undead are completely different. Instead of the plodding, wormy-eyed figures, we have a weird mish-mash of high-jumping, slow shuffling, sprinting, ninja fighting, machete-waving, and occasionally speaking zombies.
Just when you think it feels like a bit of an inconsistent mess, things gets even worse (or even better, depending on your point of view). They throw in some zombie birds, a zombie baby ("zombaby"?) and a levitating decapitated head that lives in a fridge and hovers out to bite people. The survivors do their best, trying to keep a straight face while speaking absurd dialogue, and blindly groping their way around an abandoned hotel set with an over-enthusiastic smoke machine operator. It's a good job that crates of military grade weapons and flame throwers can be found lying around in derelict hotel bars, because those pesky living corpses have a habit of waiting on top of telegraph poles and hiding in small, eye-level cupboards.
Yes this film is a lot more fun than it has any right to be. It's not scary at all, but it is very (unintentionally) funny, and fast paced enough to be entertaining throughout. The make-up effects vary in quality from some decent gore to the more half-hearted blue faced zombies. If you liked Fulci's cult original and want more of the same, then - well you're stuffed, quite frankly. This is very much it's own movie. And it's hilarious. Quite possibly my favourite not-to-be-taken-at-all-seriously zombie movie.