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½ May 20, 2016
Completely nonsensical rip off of Zombi 2 while borrowing heavily from Cannibal Holocaust. The plot is just bizarre and progresses slowly. The production values are predictably awful but there are still a few classic moments of ineptitude. Ian McCulloch obliterating a zombie's face with an outboard motor is still one of my favorite horror movie kills of all time.
November 22, 2015
Zombie, cannibal & mad scientist film all in one.
½ July 21, 2015
This is what happens if you watch Cannibal Holocaust at breakfast, followed by Zombie Flesh Eaters at lunch and The Island of Doctor Moreau in the evening ... then go to bed and write a script. I like this film sure it's silly has a ludicrous ending and is probably offensive to the indigenous folk of every country on earth, but it's fun never dull and it means no real harm. A pure Beer & Pizza gore flick give it a go if you like Italian Cannibal films.
½ March 4, 2015
Ignore the misleading title, a real treat for gore hounds
January 7, 2015
The poor man's Zombi 2. Largely seems to imitate the Fulci classic and even has some of the same actors. Holocaust also jumps on the cannibal bandwagon from that era. Worthwhile viewing if you are into the genre and some of the gore is pretty fun.
½ October 6, 2014
It's more of a cannibal film than a zombie one. There's cheesy acting and good gory violence but the ending is a big let down.
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...
½ February 9, 2014
Yet another low budget Italian horror of the zombie/cannibal genre.
Yet again New York City is the starting location of the film as body parts go missing from corpses in a mortuary and a cannibal mortuary worker is killed.
A team consisting of a Doctor, anthropologist, journalist and assistant travel to the island of Kito to explore for themselves the cannibal/zombie goings on.
On the island they encounter a mad Dr. who performs brain experiments on dead people. (you really couldn't make it up)
The Dr who goes on the mission is played by Ian McCulloch I believe who plays a quintessential English character. He's David Niven, Roger Moore and Ken Barlow rolled into one.
The film really is as awful as it sounds. Still I have to explore these numerous Italian made films.
The Dr. and anthropologist eventually overpower the mad butcher Dr. of the island.
December 24, 2013
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. ***
October 30, 2013
Despite a misleading title and some horrible actors with some bad dubbing....this isn't a bad cheesy late night horror flick.
July 20, 2013
"He is depraved, sadistic rapist!...a bloodthirsty, homicidal killer!... and he makes house calls" screamed the vhs box art for dr. butcher md. how could I not rent it? but little did I know the true horror that awaited me... one third cannibal film, one third zombie film, one third mad scientist running amok and 100fuckingpercent italian!! this movie never tried to be anything more than dumb fun and succeeds ten fold. the acting is bad, locations are exotic, creature make up ranges from the spaghetti standard to pre-schooler level and the gore is poured on thicker than stag chili!!! retitled for north american consumption (and surprisingly left in tact gore wise), this film is known as "zombi holocaust" in its native italy. don't miss your appointment with doctor butcher or you may get a surprise knock at the door...
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 June 18, 2013
A really great Cheesefest from Italy
½ May 4, 2013
Crap! utter waste of time
½ April 4, 2013
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.
½ November 11, 2012
Classic italian zombie film (well, more of a cannibal/zombie hybrid - it's biggest achievement seems to be demonstrating how alike the two genres are...) with little heart or soul. Zombi 2 has the same kind of feel (and cast!) but is much, much better! 'MD Butcher' is a more honest title.
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.
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