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Zombie Holocaust [Blu-ray] (1982)

Ian McCulloch , various  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ian McCulloch
  • Directors: various
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: SHRIEK SHOW
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,059 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The long-awaited
fan favorite
finally available
on Blu-ray!

In an effort to expose a flesh-eating cult in New
York City, a team of scientists sets out on an
expedition to the primitive island of Keto. They
are soon trapped in the wilderness, surrounded
by a tribe of murderous cannibals and an army
of deadly zombies!


Sheer insanity --Fangoria

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies, cannibals and brain surgery December 14, 2001
Probably the funniest - and one of the goriest - Italian zombie movies is this weird amalgam of zombies and cannibals. In fact, the zombies here don't even kill anybody!
They're being created by brain-swap wacko Dr. Obrero (Donald O'Brien, in a priceless trash performance), who has plenty of donors to work on - a whole island full of primitive cannibal tribesmen.
But heroic professor Chandler (Ian McCulloch), hoping to get to the bottom of a body-snatching case, stumbles on Obrero's crazy scheme. Now he has to fend off mad surgeons, hungry natives and brain-dead zombies!
The really impressive gore FX are sky-high - and include scalpings, eyeball-eating, throat-slashing and a head mashed by propellor - but this only adds to the movie's goofy charm.
ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST has moments of such stupidity that it's impossible to resist. For example, a suicide victim's body clearly smashes in two when he throws himself from a 20-storey window, but is back in one piece when the camera closes-up on him. Once O'Brien's medic starts one of his meaningful scientific speeches ("Patient's screams disturbing me - performed removal of vocal chords!"), this becomes Grade-A trash.
But it's so self-serious with its' stupid premise that it becomes inoffensive and genuinely hilarious.
Italian zombie fans will be well in their element, so I recommend this one wholeheartedly!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh yeah February 24, 2005
As I almost invariably point out in my reviews of this sorta thing, I prefer good horror films, but I'll take a campy one too, and 'Zombie Holocaust' is about as good as bad horror gets. With reams of gore and stunning dialogue this film is a delight from beginning to end. Highly recommended.

As many have mentioned, there aren't actually very many zombies in this movie, and they don't actually kill anyone. The film was initially released in the US under the much more delicious and appropriate name, 'Dr. Butcher M.D.', so I suggest you think of it as that. Still, title confusion aside, this is a fine gorefest, with cannibals doing the ripping and eating and whatnot, and they prove to be just as good at it as zombies generally are. The gore actually holds up better than I woulda imagined, better than you'd see in a Fulci film. Partially, this is because the gore is rarely anything to fancy, mostly just severed limbs and spilled guts, and lots of it is only seen in the aftermath. But, those are the essentials of your gore film, so you don't ever want stray to far from them. There are some fun, more elaborate effects, such as a surprisingly nasty and effective eye-gouging scene, and an head mangling via outboard motor so awesome and hilarious that it could be in 'Riki-Oh'. Sadly, much of the gore is too badly lumped together, with one main cannibal assault in middle part of the film, but there's enough good stuff at other points that it doesn't matter too much.

The plot is staggeringly convoluted.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blu Review 41 Zombie Holocaust July 8, 2011
Zombie Holocaust Blu-ray Review

Distributor: Media Blasters (US)

Ask any 1980's horror film enthusiast to name two popular genres of the period and the answer you would get will more than likely include Zombie and Cannibal movies. With the two genres increasing in popularity at around the same time and with each entry in the series attempting to be more outrageous than the last, it was only a matter of time before someone had the idea of taking both genres and mixing them into one movie which ultimately became the plot for Zombie Holocaust.

Taking the leading actor from arguably the best Italian zombie movie ever made, adding in a cannibal infested tropical island and a mad scientist who is busy creating his own version of the living dead and you have the sort of mixture which on paper must have looked truly bizarre. Thankfully however, the end result, if not taken too seriously, is a fun filled horror classic which presents equal moments of extreme gore and sheer disbelief along the way.

The premise of Zombie Holocaust actually contains classic scenarios such as native cannibals catching their victims with what appears to be lassos made from bungee cord, a doctor who has an unhealthy fascination with brain transplant surgery and a zombie who has a very close encounter with an outboard motor. This is not to say that the film is bad, in fact it's great fun and the viewer can easily choose to laugh along with the story rather than at it, that is of course, assuming your sense of humour hasn't been dragged away kicking and screaming like some of the unfortunate victims in the film.

Media Blasters have made a point of releasing low budget Italian horrors on DVD for many years now and as of late they have started creeping into the Blu-ray market.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Italian Splatter October 16, 2004
Zombi Holocaust (A.K.A. Doctor Butcher M.D.) is in a category by itself among Zombie, Cannibal, and Mad Doctor movies because it is all three in a tropical setting. In how many other movies do you get a mad doctor doing Frankenstein experiments, cannibals running amuck, scientists getting lost on the right island, a manniquin leaping to it's death, and Alexandra Delli Colli getting body painted all in one movie. The zombies in this movie are more appropriately automatons (Frankenstein's monsters). They are living beings which have been brought back to life by the mad doctor to do his bidding (of course if they ever got a good look in a mirror they would kill him on the spot). This movie does consist of its good parts and its so bad its good parts. The basic story begins in the city (what city?...who cares) where a rash of cannibalism breaks out (stay with me). In some of the cases the cannibal had a tattoo of an ancient symbol belonging to a group of islands in the Archipeligos. A group of doctors and a reporter take an excursion to an island in the Archipeligos which was pointed out to them by a fellow doctor who attends to the natives on these islands. Unfortunately, they have engine trouble and have to dock the boat at a different island. Then the fun begins. I will not ruin this for those who have not seen this movie. I will say that I have watched this several times and still enjoy it. The four star rating is for the fun factor not the artistic factor (certainly not). Be aware that this is a gory movie; if that does not bother you, then enjoy.-Bob
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars "Bury your friend and be quick about it."
I'm not entirely certain this movie qualifies as a zombie flick. The producer Fabrizio De Angelis admits he decided to combine two horror genres because of the success at that... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Einsatz
1.0 out of 5 stars zombie holocaust
wow what a boring movie 1980 sleeper waaaay too much talking in this flick i had people leaving my house 10 minutes in ,[i should have left too] anyhow being a gluton for... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mp
3.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Butchered, MD
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... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Robert Beveridge
4.0 out of 5 stars LOL GREAT STUFF HERE

first of all, if you are looking at this movie on amazon, you have probably seen Italian cheese before.

If not, welcome to a really good one. Read more
Published 14 months ago by FILMCRITIC1987
2.0 out of 5 stars too cheesy
The special effects were horrible, abd the story line was not even scary. I wish I never would have bought it
Published 15 months ago by Steven R. Gallant
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
I always liked this movie( Dr Butcher MD) for some strange reason. Its kind of a throwback sequel to Zombie 2 but different with the same lead actor. Read more
Published 20 months ago by HW
4.0 out of 5 stars Cannibals and some Zombies
Looking at the cover you and seeing the name of the film and picture of the zombie, you might think this is a zombie film. It is not. Read more
Published on April 17, 2012 by LoBo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
This is a great example of the early 80s Euro-gore movies. I saw it at the drive-in when it came out, and then ob VHS as Dr Butcher MD. Read more
Published on January 14, 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars outrageous italian horror film on blu
This is a fun 1980 horror film from the italians. The movie is outrageous with elements of zombies , brain surgury mad doctors and crazed natives. Read more
Published on December 3, 2011 by Michael Dobey
2.0 out of 5 stars Unremarkable and strangely unexciting for a film with zombies and...
I think there's a certain set of expectations one brings to the table when reading about or selecting to watch a film called 'Zombie Holocaust'. Read more
Published on November 21, 2011 by Bryan Byrd
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