In “Zombies 3,” directed by Paul Hoen, an interspecies utopia faces an alien invasion. Just like the franchise’s earlier allegories for marginalized experiences — the zombies of “Zombies” and werewolves of “Zombies 2” share hardships with Black and Indigenous People, respectively — this one is doubtful at greatest.
Zed (Milo Manheim) hopes to turn into the primary zombie to go to school, whereas his girlfriend, Addison (Meg Donnelly), is keen to guide her cheer squad to victory. However Zed’s school goals and the cheer championship are thrown into chaos when aliens descend upon their peaceable city.
“These aliens are right here to take what’s ours,” laments Addison’s vapid cousin, Bucky (Trevor Tordjman). That’s proper — the aliens characterize undocumented immigrants! Having apparently discovered nothing within the final two films, the residents should study to just accept one other group of outsiders.
This isn’t your mom’s Disney Channel, and thank god. All the “Zombies” films are brimming with camp delights, as if the crew watched “However I’m a Cheerleader” whereas dropping acid. That is notably true for “Zombies 3.” The units and costumes are awash in pastel pinks, blues and greens. One pivotal dialog ends with a lady ripping off her wig. RuPaul Charles even voices the aliens’ mom ship.
However whereas “Zombies 3” provides a gonzo aesthetic and radio-ready pop songs, it clumsily tackles social points. The film includes a nonbinary character, the alien A-Spen, performed by Terry Hu. Whereas it’s good to lastly see queer characters on this extraordinarily flamboyant franchise, A-Spen’s introduction raises extra questions than it solutions. Why is the one character to say a nonbinary identification an alien? Why would aliens have a gender binary within the first place?
If you happen to watch this together with your favourite younger folks, be warned: There’s much more right here than simply 90 minutes of silliness.
Not rated. Operating time: 1 hour half-hour. Watch on Disney+.