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Zombie Holocaust (1980)

Zombi Holocaust (original title)
R | | Horror | 28 March 1980 (Italy)
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An expedition in the East Indies, encounters not only the cannibals they were looking for, but also an evil scientist and his zombie army.

Director:

Marino Girolami (as Frank Martin)

Writers:

Fabrizio De Angelis (story), Romano Scandariato (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ian McCulloch ... Dr. Peter Chandler
Alexandra Delli Colli ... Lori Ridgeway
Sherry Buchanan ... Susan Kelly
Peter O'Neal Peter O'Neal ... George Harper
Donald O'Brien ... Dr. Obrero / Dr. Butcher (US version)
Dakar Dakar ... Molotto
Walter Patriarca Walter Patriarca ... Dr. Drydock
Linda Fumis Linda Fumis ... Nurse
Roberto Resta Roberto Resta
Franco Ukmar Franco Ukmar ... Zombie #1
Sergio Ukmar Sergio Ukmar ... Driver (as Giovanni Ukmar)
Angelo Ragusa ... Zombie #3
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Storyline

The members of an expedition in search for the last faithful of Kito, the cannibal god, land on a small island in the Moluccas (East Indies) and are soon hunted by cannibals and zombies, these being created by a sinister Doctor O'Brien who is experimenting with corpses. Suzan, a sexy lady in the expedition team, eventually takes a hold on things, as she is accepted as queen of the cannibals, and direct them against the mad scientist and his army of zombies. Written by Artemis-9

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He is a depraved, sadistic rapist; A bloodthirsty homicidal killer...and He Makes House Calls! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Vietnamese

Release Date:

28 March 1980 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Butcher, Medical Deviate See more »

Filming Locations:

Latina, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the music used in the movie soundtrack was from singer/songwriter Nico Fidenco's Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals (1977) soundtrack. See more »

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When Dr. Obreo / Dr. Butcher is using the medical saw on the girl you can hear it spinning very fast but when you look at the blood stains around the edge of the saw you can see that it is not moving and only moves (very slowly) when he traces around the top of her head. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Obrero: I could easily kill you now, but I'm determined to have your brain!
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Alternate Versions

Even though the "Doctor Butcher" version is cut, there is an extra five minute sequence that takes place after Peter kills the "sneaking zombie" with an evanrude. In this scene, Peter and Lori are trying to get back to Obrero's hut. As they're walking, Lori falls into a trap, just missing a set of bamboo stakes sticking upward. As Peter attempts to pull her out, he sees two cannibal tribesmen and tells Lori to stay where she is and he hides behind a nearby tree. As the two cannibals see Lori in the trap, Peter runs out and hits one cannibal in the back of the head with a large stick, knocking him into the bamboo stakes. He then faces off with the remaining cannibal and beats him multiple times with the same large stick. He then finally gets Lori out and they continue to walk in search of Obrero. This sequence is in all "Doctor Butcher" cuts, including the out of print Japanese laserdisc release. Also, while the scene is missing from the film itself on the Shriek Show American DVD release (due to using the original Italian cut), it is on separately as a deleted scene. Also, it is unknown if this scene was originally filmed and then cut from the final Italian print of the film, or if Ian McCulloch and Alexandra Delli Colli were actually hired by Aquarius Distribution (the owners of the "Butcher" cut) to come in and film this new scene. The latter seems more likely as the scene's setting looks less like a jungle, and more like someone's backyard. See more »

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Surprisingly decent, gory zombie film
16 September 2007 | by slayrrr666See all my reviews

"Zombi Holocaust" is a rather fun cheesy zombie film.

**SPOILERS**

During a routine autopsy, medical student Lori Ridgeway, (Alexandra Delli Colli) notices that the cadaver is incomplete, despite being in excellent condition the night before. As this trend continues, she finally goes to her boss, Dr. Dreylock, (Walter Patriarca) who refers her to Dr. Peter Chandler, (Ian McCulloch) a member of an investigating board for similar such incidents. As they continue, she notices a sign on one that resembles a sign from a small Southeast Asian island and convinces him to put together a team to investigate. Gathering his assistant George Harper, (Peter O'Neal) and girlfriend Susan Kelly, (Sherry Buchanan) to go along, and head to the island. There, they find the place is full of cannibals from a long-lost tribe, and a strange doctor performing strange operations on the locals. When they become the next targets for the experiment, they try to get off the island alive.

The Good News: This was a pretty pleasant surprise. It's big plus is that it feels like a great mixture of two big genres, namely the cannibal and zombie sub-genres. That it uses the tale-tell signs of the two, and convincingly, makes this one a really entertaining and clever entry. The cannibals, surprisingly, get the majority of the screen-time spent, as it's going to their home-place based on speculation of their existence, and that in turn reveals the truth about the zombies in a not-exactly-new twist revealed towards the end. There's also plenty of gore in the film, as this one has some pretty nice kills in it. There's a really impressive one where a victim is impaled from a trap that shoots up from behind to impale through the body rather than the other way around, with a severe series of dismemberments and skin devouring to follow, some really great impalements, surgical amputations and a rather shocking scene where one gets their face torn up by a rotating motorboat engine. That's not to include all the really wicked surgeries done in the film, which are also quite impressive and really bloody. That there's also some really juicy skin-devouring really helps to make this one bloody and gory. The fact that it remains watchable all the way through to the end is another big plus, as this one doesn't really get boring and features enough action spots to stay interesting, and only without a big taste for cheese will this one fail. These all make it quite entertaining.

The Bad News: There isn't a whole lot wrong with this one. One of the big ones is it's incredibly high cheese factor. There's a lot of that in the film, which can be evidenced by the general plot description. This also has marks for it in that category for it's gore and general atmosphere, which is a mark as it's not all that well received by most. That this one revels so heavily in it makes it something to be avoided by those who aren't that into that style. This one also has the problem in that it doesn't really do the big points from it's meshed styles. For a zombie film, these don't really feel like zombies most of the time, as they rarely do anything more than stand around and take orders, and aren't in the film very long to begin with. They're involved in the last twenty minutes of the film, and it doesn't really feature them a whole lot in that time-span. As well, there isn't a lot of time spent on the cannibal tribe getting to know them. All that's known about them is the name and island where they live, which is basically it. This here needed more information on them. Otherwise, the cheesiness is the main problem with this one.

The Final Verdict: While not the greatest entry in either the Italian cannibal or zombie genres, this one does have enough to like about it that fans of both will be happy. See this one if you're a fan of either of those two genres, or are just in the mood for a quick, cheesy time, while those not in the mood for such a film or aren't fans altogether should seek caution.

Rated UR/R: Graphic Violence, Full Nudity and Language


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