Zombie Holocaust (1980)
Following resurgence in cannibal events in the country’s hospital, a team of four New-Yorkers goes to a tropical island to investigate about the Kito sect, and the origin of these events.
Horror-on-Screen Review (by Raoul):
Zombie Holocaust, as the title suggests, is the surprising combination of Italian gore zombie film Zombi 2 and the most famous of the cannibal genre Cannibal Holocaust. Shot straight after the success of Fulci’s Zombi 2, the movie is a cheap attempt by Producer De Angelis to copy Fulci’s masterpiece (which De Angelis produced), even to the point where it features some of its actors: Ian McCulloch (main character) and Dakar (the bearded local). The story is exactly the same than in Zombi 2, except with a cannibal twist. The zombies look a lot alike too, but with much less attention to the details. The two movies are so similar than some resellers sold Zombie Holocaust under the title Zombi 3.
In the pure Italian style, there is a lot of gore in that movie. with lots of atrocious scenes such as the one using the boat’s motor as a weapon, or the doctor’s operation on the young journalist. Other than that, Zombie Holocaust is a typical cannibal/exploitation title alike most of the others films in that category, but of less good quality overall (sound, music, special effect). The total lack of innovation of this movie was a major turn off for me, and the main reason why I would only recommend it to fans of the cannibal genre. Occasional horror viewers will find it too much of a “genre” movie.