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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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Not for the faint-hearted... See more »

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Horror

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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In the catch the mutilator hospital scene, the corpse that has just had its heart ripped out blinks. See more »

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Med Student 1: I bet it was you who chopped that hand off!
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Alternate Versions

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.
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Another unintentionally funny zombie movie
31 May 2003 | by Krug StilloSee all my reviews

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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