Zombi Holocaust (1979) from Tuna

Zombi Holocaust (1979), like many Italian cannibal/zombie/gore films, has had dozens of titles. You will find it on IMDB as Zombie 3. Dr. Butcher M.D. has been a popular title for some of the releases in the US. The most important thing about this film is that they combine, but don't mix, a mad doctor, a naked woman, cannibals and zombies. Thus, whichever of the elements you enjoy, you can watch it without being distracted by the others.

Someone is mutilating corpses in a New York hospital, so a Fed, an anthropologist (Alexandra Delli Colli  in her first role), her male assistant and a female newsie travel to an island believed to be the home of a cult doing the nasty work. They no sooner reach the island than they are attacked by Cannibals. A local doctor attempts to rescue them, but ends up capturing them for his experiments, the same experiments that created the zombies. Delli Colli is captured by the cannibals, who intend sacrificing her to their god on a sacrificial table. It would require a miracle for her to escape, so a miracle occurs.

I seriously doubt that this is anyone's kind of film, but Delli Colli is topless in an early scene, and then shows  full frontal, first in an undressing scene, then when being prepared for sacrifice. The film has a cult following among genre fans.


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no region 1 DVD
Be careful to see an uncut version, as the censored ones are pretty boring.  

The Critics Vote

  • no major reviews online. there are several reviews found at IMDb, all done by specialty genre sites.

The People Vote ...


IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a C

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