HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Killer Party
Holmes & Watson
Monster in the Closet
Sand, The
Glass
My Brilliant Career
Knife for the Ladies, A
Man in the Attic
Destroyer
Fillmore
Bumblebee
No Kidding
Honkytonk Man
Woman in the Window, The
Shed of the Dead
Dead Easy
Tucked
Widows
Last Movie Star, The
Death Game
Juliet, Naked
November
Arcadia
Sugar Hill
House with the Clock in Its Walls, The
Devil Thumbs a Ride, The
Suspiria
Secret People
Spy Who Dumped Me, The
Beautiful Stranger
House That Jack Built, The
Undercover
White Chamber
R.P.M.
Summer of 84
On Secret Service
Survive!
My Sister Eileen
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
Last Picture Show, The
   
 
Newest Articles
Tucked: The Derren Nesbitt Interview
Locomotion Pictures: The Best of British Transport Films on Blu-ray
Roman Scandals: Extreme Visions from Ancient Rome
Spider-Wrong and Spider-Right: The Dragon's Challenge and Into the Spider-Verse
Monster Dog: Cujo on Blu-ray
For Christ's Sake: Jesus Christ Superstar and The Last Temptation of Christ
Not In Front of the Children: Inappropriate Kids Movies
Deeper into Ozploitation: Next of Kin and Fair Game
Between the Wars: Babylon Berlin Series 1&2 on DVD
Hard Luck Story: Detour on Blu-ray
Oh, What Happened to You? The Likely Lads on Blu-ray
Killer Apps: The Rise of the Evil 60s Supercomputers
How 1970s Can You Get? Cliff Richard in Take Me High vs Never Too Young to Rock
A Perfect Engine, An Eating Machine: The Jaws Series
Phwoar, Missus! Sexytime for Hollywood
   
 
  Zombie Holocaust The Doctor Will See You NowBuy this film here.
Year: 1979
Director: Marino Girolami
Stars: Ian McCulloch, Alexandra Delli Colli, Sherry Buchanan, Peter O'Neal, Donald O'Brien, Dakkar, Walter Patriarca, Linda Fumis
Genre: Horror, Trash
Rating:  4 (from 3 votes)
Review: In a New York hospital, an orderly from a remote Indonesian island is found to be stealing body parts and eating them. He kills himself before he can be questioned, so a party comprising two doctors, a journalist and a guide set out to Southern Asia to find out why ancient cannibalism is suddenly being practiced in the heart of the city. On the island of Kito they find a American doctor performing secret experiments, plus a tribe of hungry cannibals.. and wait, is that a zombie hiding in the bushes?

Also widely known in a differently-edited version as Dr Butcher MD, Marino Girolami's cult favourite was one of numerous Italian-made tropical gorefests released during the late-seventies/early-eighties, and carries the dubious honour of being probably the only one to feature cannibals, zombies AND a mad doctor. That's not to say any of these elements are used particularly originally – Cannibals Holocaust and Ferox both have the New York framing device, as does Lucio Fulci's Zombie Flesheaters, and the catalogue of impalings, eye gougings and disembowelments are pretty interchangeable with any of the above. But it's nice to see a Spaghetti cannibal flick that doesn't rely on animal cruelty to pad out its running time, and that has the good sense not to take itself remotely seriously.

Ian McCulloch doesn't really bother varying his performance from the one he gave in Zombie Flesheaters (his character is even called Peter again) - he just stands around looking worried, which is fair enough, since Donald O'Brien's scene-chewing portrayal of Dr Obrero conquers all before it. Meanwhile, New York Ripper star Alexandra Delli Colli finds several opportunities to take her clothes off, and gets an all-over cannibal paint job as a reward.

As for the zombies, four of 'em hardly makes a holocaust, but at least some effort has been made to make them look sort-of scary, in a primary school papier-maché sorta way. There's a droning synthesiser score (replaced with an even more annoying one in the American version) and plenty of hopelessly staged suspense sequences. The best lines come courtesy of mad Dr Obrero: "Patient's screams disturbing me... performed removal of vocal chords," after taking a pair of scissors to the throat of a terrified victim, and best of all: "You nearly succeeded in ruining my life's work! I could easily kill you now. But I'm determined to have your brain!" Top stuff.

Aka: Zombi Holocaust, Dr Butcher MD, Island of the Last Zombies
Reviewer: Daniel Auty

 

This review has been viewed 12514 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

Marino Girolami  (1914 - 1994)

Italian director who over a 40-year career dabbled in most genres – like many of his fellow countrymen, his film-making choices were informed by whatever was popular in Hollywood at the time, from historical epics to westerns, sex comedies to action. Girolami frequently used the pseudonym Frank Martin for international releases, and is best known by horror fans for his hilarious 1979 gorefest Zombie Holocaust. Father of the equally prolific Enzo G. Castellari, and a European boxing champion in his pre-film career.

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star do you think makes the best coffee?
Emma Stone
Anna Kendrick
Michelle Rodriguez
Sir Patrick Stewart
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Enoch Sneed
  Derrick Smith
Paul Shrimpton
Darren Jones
George White
Stately Wayne Manor
   

 

Last Updated: