Zombie Holocaust Reviews

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Super Reviewer
May 6, 2007
I was disappointed to discover that this isn't really a zombie film. It's more of a cannibal film, and not a very good one. It's extremely similar to Fulci's Zombi 2 in some respects, but I think there seems to be a higher amount of gore. The film isn't really all that enjoyable, but some of the gore is very outlandish and made me laugh out loud (I'm sick like that :D). It also has the gorgeous Alexandra Delli Colli running around naked a lot, so it's not a total waste of time. It's just not what you'd expect from such a great title.
Super Reviewer
October 3, 2010
Zombi Holocaust is a Cannible film, Zombie film and Mad scientist film thrown together to make one really gory movie. Some scenes are similar to Lucio Fulci's Zombi 2 such as it starts in New York and then they go into the tropical island, the Zombies in the island's church. Even two of the actors from Zombi 2 are in Zombi Holocaust.

The scenes with the Cannibles killing and eating the people are nice and gory, the Zombie make up is good and kind of similar to Zombi 2's Zombie make up. One problem is that we don't see much of the Zombies at first but halfway through the film they do show up.

The Mad Scientist elements are something new since Zombi 2 didn't have a man trying to create Zombies for his research and uses the Cannibles for his experiments. Zombi Holocaust is a great Zombie flick with some good gore effects. Check this out.
Super Reviewer
½ May 8, 2007
Part Zombie movie, part Cannibal flick - 100% cheesy fun! Gore galore here amidst a story of absolute ridiculousness, but entertaining none the less. A worthy addition to either your Zombie or Cannibal DVD collection.
Super Reviewer
½ September 25, 2009
Bit rubbish but quite funny!
Super Reviewer
½ October 29, 2006
It took way too long before they got to the "dubious medical experimentations".
Super Reviewer
January 31, 2007
Also known as Dr Butcher M.D. this film is another classic by Sir Ian McCulloch. I couldn't mention any favourite parts of this one, every frame is a masterpiece. Awesomeness in movie form.
August 14, 2009
Keywords: low-budget, scatterbrained, campy. With that perspective, Zombie Holocaust is impossible not to like. The plot surpasses that of other zombie films marketed at the same time this was released, covering cannibalism from an anthropological view point, ritualized violence, and devised zombies. The blood and gore tries to be as authentic looking as possible, the dialogue and acting are so cheesy and bad (that it's good?), and although it's composed of similar bits of several films past, it's more than the sum of its parts.
October 4, 2011
This movie might as well be zombie 3. it borrows a lot from zombi 2. Even the the star ian muculloch. Even some shots in this movie were lifted from zombi 2 like the church burning down. But overall its pretty entertaining and i do recommend it.
February 27, 2011
Most would veiw this as a pointless and poorly dubbed b-movie from Italy. And thats not far from the truth. But you gorehounds will relish in all the brain transplants, cannibalism, zombies, eye gougings, and disembowelments. Pointless or not, it racks up a 10 on the fucking splat-o-meter.

This is also known as, and in my opion the better title, DR. BUTCHER M.D. The M.D. standing for Medical Deviant.
½ October 26, 2008
The high rating I gave this movie is only because of the arm popping off the dummy when it hits the ground from the hospital window.
March 16, 2008
A pretty dissapointing movie by all means, not that much gore and boring as hell. None of these things were really even zombies! They were kinda like cannibals. Either way, it sucked, but if you absolutely must, see it.
½ September 24, 2007
In New York City, a foxy blonde female doctor (played Alexandra Delli Colli, who also appeared in Lucio Fulci's NEW YORK RIPPER) teams up with a police detective (Ian McCulloch, who was also in Fulci's ZOMBIE) to investigate a series of murders, which leads the two of them and a handful of others to a secluded tropical island where a mad doctor (Donald O?Brien) is up to the usual mad doctor things.

The plot is pretty silly and confusing, but does manage to incorporate a magic dagger, a cannibal tribe, nude body painting, flesh-hungry zombies, brain transplants and plenty of super gory murders. A wide variety of good mutilation make-up effects are the films true drawing card, though most other exploitation bases are adequately covered so this should make most exploitation fans happy.
April 4, 2007
Not a fan of Italian zombie films with the exception of some few ones but not only this film is very cheesy also very stupid.
½ September 13, 2006
What wonderful nonsense. I keep hoping someone will release it under it's American title (and scratchy, 42nd St print) Dr. Butcher, MD.
½ April 13, 2014
Ignore the misleading title, a real treat for gore hounds
June 21, 2014
Quite a few plot holes but over all this movie was entertaining and had a very attractive star in her birthday suit more than once. By no means one of the best zombie films but I was never bored while watching it.
½ June 21, 2014
Some good death scenes and great nudity can't save this mess of a movie. What was the point of the first half of the movie? Why did they kidnap the blonde, paint flowers on her nude body, lay her on a sacrificial stone and just let her go? This movie is an example of why you should always shoot your ending first. The movie just ends without any explanation...
February 22, 2009
Zombi Holocaust (Marino Girolami, 1979)
[originally posted 19Jan2001]

Another film known by many names (eight, to be precise, that IMDB has been able to track down), Zombi Holocaust is probably best known by American cult-film devotees as Dr. Butcher, MD. I ended up picking this one up because there are a rather large number of crossovers with Lucio Fulci's brilliant splatterfest Zombi 2-writer Fabrizio DeAngelis was one of the producers of Fulci's film, male lead Ian McCulloch was the lead in Zombi 2, character actor Dakkar plays a native guide in both, etc. (Most interesting, one of the film's actors, Walter Patriarca, was Zombi 2's costume designer. Go figger.)

Simple plot, which should sound familiar to anyone who's seen Fulci's film; a number of deaths occur in New York City, and Ian McCulloch, a beautiful sidekick, and two of their pals end up going to a remote Caribbean island where there's an English-speaking doctor who treats the natives. Sound familiar?

For about the first forty-five minutes of this film, I was too busy thinking that it was exactly like Zombi 2 to be impressed. (No one, these days, is sure which film came out first, and most people also draw parallels to another classic of the genre that came out the same year, Ruddero Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust.) Then Ian McCulloch disposes of a zombie with a motorboat motor, and suddenly things started getting a whole lot more fun. Rather like The Evil Dead, this is a film where there's a whole lot of setup (though Raimi pulled it off miles better), but when the gore starts, the director lays it on thick, fast, and ugly. And while death-by-propeller is probably the funniest and nastiest scene in the film, there's certainly more than enough blood flowing/spraying/dripping/being drunk/etc. to please most fans of hardcore horror. Pound for pound, though, in comparison to Zombi 2, the latter stands up as the better film. As one reviewer put it, "Fulci... might have had the sauce, but [he] passed on the cheese." Fulci's obsessive attention to detail, better scriptwriting, and stunning score give Fulci the edge over Girolami. But man, it's fun to be the judge. ***
½ May 4, 2013
Crap! utter waste of time
½ May 8, 2012
A very mediocre 70s exploitation film. All it has to recommend it are few good gore effects and Alexandra Delli Colli as the lovely canvas the cannibals paint flowers on.
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