Zombie Holocaust (1980)

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An expedition in the East Indies, encounters not only the cannibals they were looking for, but also an evil scientist and his zombie army.




  • Alexandra Delli Colli and Walter Patriarca in Zombie Holocaust (1980)
  • Alexandra Delli Colli in Zombie Holocaust (1980)
  • Sherry Buchanan in Zombie Holocaust (1980)
  • Zombie Holocaust (1980)
  • Zombie Holocaust (1980)
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31 May 2003 | Krug Stillo
Another unintentionally funny zombie movie
The gore-level on display in Zombie Holocaust is higher than in Fulci's far superior Zombie, unfortunately the film is less engaging, less impressive but don't let that indicate that Zombie Holocaust isn't great entertainment. The brazen nerve to steal actual footage from Lucio's film is more alluring than repugnant and the insanely ludicrous dialogue is more amusing than confusing.

Where else would one find a film combing cannibals with weird rituals, a mad egomaniac scientist and a bunch of strange-looking zombies? From this amalgam of popular monsters of the period, you might believe this isn't the film for you, but if you love the gore (and there's quite a lot of it!) movies from the early eighties, this belongs on your DVD shelf.

Drafting in Ian McCulloch from Fulci's classic (you can spot him as a younger man opposite the great actor, Peter Cushing in The Ghoul), Zombie Holocaust also stars that director's New York Ripper star, Alexandra delli Colli, removing her clothes at every given chance. Both become part of an expedition of four and travel to the mysterious island of Kito. And it's there all Hell breaks loose.

The gore highlights are patently the star of the show, including

a) a heart and hand removal b) a fellow has his throat slashed after being impaled upon bamboo shoots c) another chap has his eyes gouged out d) a zombie has his face ripped apart by a boat-propeller...etc.

I'll finish with two great memorable lines from the aforementioned scientist (who was called DR. Butcher MD in the States) -

"I could easily kill you now, but I'm determined to have your brain!"

"The patient's scream is disturbing me. Performing removal of vocal cords."

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Did You Know?


Most of the music used in the movie soundtrack was from singer/songwriter Nico Fidenco's Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals (1977) soundtrack.


Dr. Obrero: I could easily kill you now, but I'm determined to have your brain!


In the catch the mutilator hospital scene, the corpse that has just had its heart ripped out blinks.

Alternate Versions

Even though the "Doctor Butcher" version is cut, there is an extra five minute sequence that takes place after Peter kills the "sneaking zombie" with an evanrude. In this scene, Peter and Lori are trying to get back to Obrero's hut. As they're walking, Lori falls into a trap, just missing a set of bamboo stakes sticking upward. As Peter attempts to pull her out, he sees two cannibal tribesmen and tells Lori to stay where she is and he hides behind a nearby tree. As the two cannibals see Lori in the trap, Peter runs out and hits one cannibal in the back of the head with a large stick, knocking him into the bamboo stakes. He then faces off with the remaining cannibal and beats him multiple times with the same large stick. He then finally gets Lori out and they continue to walk in search of Obrero. This sequence is in all "Doctor Butcher" cuts, including the out of print Japanese laserdisc release. Also, while the scene is missing from the film itself on the Shriek Show American DVD release (due to using the original Italian cut), it is on separately as a deleted scene. Also, it is unknown if this scene was originally filmed and then cut from the final Italian print of the film, or if Ian McCulloch and Alexandra Delli Colli were actually hired by Aquarius Distribution (the owners of the "Butcher" cut) to come in and film this new scene. The latter seems more likely as the scene's setting looks less like a jungle, and more like someone's backyard.


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Release Date:

14 May 1982


Italian, Vietnamese

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Latina, Lazio, Italy

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