A priest comes to a small town to help get rid of a monster whose blood coagulates very fast. This creates problems as the monster is very hard to kill and then decides to go on a killing spree of its own.
A former astronaut helps a government agent and a police detective track the source of mysterious alien pod spores, filled with lethal flesh-dissolving acid, to a South American coffee plantation controlled by alien pod clones.
Grief-struck after the death of his wife, a young man attempts to keep her with him forever - by gutting her, stuffing her and replacing her eyes with glass eyes, turning her into a doll. But his bouts of insanity are just beginning.
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
USA version was re-edited and altered by distributor Aquarius Releasing Inc. and re-titled "Doctor Butcher, M.D.". Among the changes:
A new, completely pointless and unrelated opening title sequence featuring a zombie rising from a grave, which is actually taken from an unfinished anthology "Tales To Rip Your Heart Out".
The bulk of the original "serious-sounding" musical score was overlapped with a cheesy and a wonderfully irritating synthesizer one. There are even moments where you can still hear Nico Fidenco's original score muffled under the replacement score.
Some dialogue and character "development" were deleted for pacing reasons.
The gore-level on display in Zombie Holocaust is higher than in Fulci's far superior Zombie, unfortunately the film is less engaging, less impressive but don't let that indicate that Zombie Holocaust isn't great entertainment. The brazen nerve to steal actual footage from Lucio's film is more alluring than repugnant and the insanely ludicrous dialogue is more amusing than confusing.
Where else would one find a film combing cannibals with weird rituals, a mad egomaniac scientist and a bunch of strange-looking zombies? From this amalgam of popular monsters of the period, you might believe this isn't the film for you, but if you love the gore (and there's quite a lot of it!) movies from the early eighties, this belongs on your DVD shelf.
Drafting in Ian McCulloch from Fulci's classic (you can spot him as a younger man opposite the great actor, Peter Cushing in The Ghoul), Zombie Holocaust also stars that director's New York Ripper star, Alexandra delli Colli, removing her clothes at every given chance. Both become part of an expedition of four and travel to the mysterious island of Kito. And it's there all Hell breaks loose.
The gore highlights are patently the star of the show, including
a) a heart and hand removal b) a fellow has his throat slashed after being impaled upon bamboo shoots c) another chap has his eyes gouged out d) a zombie has his face ripped apart by a boat-propeller...etc.
I'll finish with two great memorable lines from the aforementioned scientist (who was called DR. Butcher MD in the States) -
"I could easily kill you now, but I'm determined to have your brain!"
"The patient's scream is disturbing me. Performing removal of vocal cords."
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