Zombie Holocaust Reviews

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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. ***
April 19, 2013
Despite a misleading title and some horrible actors with some bad dubbing....this isn't a bad cheesy late night horror flick.
July 17, 2013
This film mixes so many sub genres together to create what ends up being a pretty decent movie. While being called Zombie Holocaust, it isn't really about zombies though there are some "creatures" that are zombiesque. It's also a mad scientist film of sorts aka Dr. Butcher, MD but this is also pretty minute. No this is primarily a cannibal film with tons of cannibal action.
The gore is of the bright red variety and while there are some good realistic moments of gore using real organs and such, most of the blood is candy apple red. While I enjoy the gratuitous amounts of the red stuff, it's too bad it isn't more realistic.
½ June 26, 2013
Zombi Holocaust is really more about cannibals, sort of. Actually this movie isn't very good. It TRIES to be Zombi. It TRIES to be Cannibal Holocaust. It TRIES to be Frankenstein. It fails on everything. Ian McCulloch is playing almost the same character as he did in Zombi. In fact, the other characters are very similar. as Zombi.

This movie could have been really good. It had lots of decent gore, and a storyline that had potential, but it just tried too much and failed unfortunately. There are too many inexplicable scenes.
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.
January 12, 2013
Yes there is such a thing as bad spaghetti schlock. Here it is.
September 13, 2012
Zombie Holocaust is a gore-soaked Italian cult classic also known under it's more infamous title (and edit) of Dr. Butcher M.D. It's the story of an outbreak of cannibalism in NYC and across the U.S. that leads Health Dept. Dr. Peter Chandler (Zombi's Ian McCulloch) to a small island in the South East Pacific. Not only does Chandler and his team find cannibals waiting there but, a mad scientist (Donald O'Brien) and his horde of zombies as well. Can any of them escape alive? Not only was this film inspired by the success of Lucio Fulci's "Zombi" it also borrows stars McCulloch and Dakkar, as well as, films on some of the same sets and locations. Director Marino Girolami is no Fulci but, he delightfully takes us through this goofy story filled with cannibal feasts, hideous surgical procedures and zombie attacks. And when he's not spilling blood and entrails, he's finding ways to get sexy anthropologist, Lori (Alexandra Cole) out of her clothes. The gore isn't quite up to Zombi's standards either but, there is plenty and it spatters in the appropriate amounts. This is a fun midnight movie and a welcome addition to any Italian gore film festival. Crack open a brew and have a bloody good time.
September 9, 2012
PT SUBS
Full UNCUT Version (81 min.)
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.
March 31, 2012
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.
October 25, 2011
If I didn't know better, I would've thought this movie was directed by Fulci and then he blamed it on a someone else. Also, some shots of the blue car are taken directly from Zombi 2, or they are so similar as to look that way. The entire time I kept thinking that I had already seen this movie but was unsure.
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.
September 26, 2011
CULT MOVIE MONTH

REVIEW #:024

ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST / DR BUTCHER M.D [1980]: in the wake of Lucio Fulci's ZOMBIE, came several other Italian zombie films. One was this film called ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST another gruesome bloodbath with not just Zombies but also Cannibals as well thrown into the mix. When a sadistic person hacks and mutates dead bodies in a hospital in N.Y.C, it turns out the culprit is a member of a Cannibal tribe on some remote island. So it's up to a team of various people to go to the island and figure out why the tribe has appeared in N.Y.C, with the help of a local doctor the group end up on the island question. But when the cannibals start killing the team one by one something even weirder happens Zombies show up and scare the natives away. The Zombies are in fact the failed experiments of the doctor who now decides to use the surviving members of the group in his Frankenstein experiments.


OVERALL THOUGHTS; another notorious Italian Zombie bloodbath that borrows stock footage from Lucio Fulci's ZOMBIE and in the U.S realise titled DR BUTCHER M.D also uses stock footage from an incomplete zombie film in it's opening credits that no surprises ended up on the U.K Video Nasties list in the 1980's. For a quote unquote zombie film it's interesting to see a Frankenstein type mad scientist, Zombies and Cannibals in the same film. Well what can one say about ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST? It's trashy, banality offensive to most, stock full of gratuitous female nudity, graphic, bloody, gruesome and its pure z-grade exploitation so I can be too hard on it for not liking it. Hell it's got one of the most fucking hilarious ways someone kills a zombie in a movie by using an outboard boat motor to grind a zombies head into a bloody pulp! So what do I give this Z-Grade- Italian- Zombie Exploitation romp? A justifiable 60% I believe.
June 29, 2011
Not really much Zombie action. But the little you do see of them is good. Some decent gore scenes. Similar to the zombie flsh eaters movies only less good. 4.5/10
FilmFanatik
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.
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