Zombie Holocaust (1980)
"Zombi Holocaust" (original title)

R  |   |  Horror  |  7 May 1982 (USA)
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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, ... See full summary »


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


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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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 »


When the orderly dives through the hospital window, his stunt-dummy's arm snaps off as it hits the ground. See more »


Dr. Obrero: The patient's screaming disturbing me, performed removal of vocal chords.
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Island Gorefest Extravaganza
28 October 2006 | by (Salzburg, Austria) – See all my reviews

A splatter classic, Marino Girolami's "Zombi Holocaust" of 1980 doesn't scant with blood and gore. A true B-movie and pure exploitation, this movie is probably not high art, however, I don't suppose that anybody who is about to watch a movie entitled "Zombie Holocaust" is gonna expect Citizen Kane.

After several mutilations of corpses in the morgue of a New York hospital, and the appearance of a mysterious cannibal sign, a group of people, amongst them a beautiful female doctor and a bitchy journalist, decide to go on an expedition to a tropical island, where they expect to find out about the sign's origin. This is, of course, not a very good idea. Not only is the island inhabited by cannibals, but it is also haunted by the living dead.

One of the classic Italian splatter flicks, "Zombi Holocaust", is a fun and entertaining, although not very thrilling movie, that mainly concentrates on the enormous amounts of blood and gore and on constant very graphical violence. The acting in this movie differs. As a huge fan of Spaghetti Westerns, I found it cool to see Donal O'Brien, who delivers a great performance as a mad scientist in this, in a non-western role. The Italian and English title is maybe not the best to describe the movie, since its the Cannibals, and not the Zombies who kill the most people. The German title "Zombies Unter Kannibalen" ("Zombies Amongst Cannibals") is probably better to describe the film's content.

All things considered, "Zombie Holocaust" is a highly entertaining and very bloody Gorefest that fans of the Cannibal subgenre should not miss. Entertainment guaranteed!

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