Monday, November 7, 2011

Zombie Holocaust (1980)

Director: Marino Girolami

Starring: Ian McCulloch, Alexandra Delli Colli, Sherry Buchanan, Peter O'Neal, Donald O'Brien, Dakar

More info: IMDb

Tagline: He's a depraved, homicidal killer...and he makes house calls!

Plot: The members of an expedition in search for the last faithful of Kito, the cannibal god, land on a small island in the Moluccas (East Indies) and are soon hunted by cannibals and zombies, these being created by a sinister Doctor O'Brien who is experimenting with corpses. Suzan, a sexy lady in the expedition team, eventually takes a hold on things, as she is accepted as queen of the cannibals, and direct them against the mad scientist and his army of zombies.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? Only the last 50 minutes.

Here's the thing...start watching this flick at the 28 minute mark and you'll have a blast watching the remaining 50 minutes. The first half hour takes place in the big city with a bunch of nonsense with someone cannibalizing bodies and whatnot. It's pretty dull. The ONLY thing worth watching, and this is a beauty, is the following clip I pulled from it to save you that half hour you could do something else with your life...

I LOVE dummy falls and this one is choice. I love how the film makers didn't mind leaving in the part where the dummy's arm breaks off and flies off screen when it lands. Classic! Hell, that goof is even in one of the trailers I saw.

Anyway, once our team of go-getters makes their way to the jungle, that's when the shit hits the fan and people start dying and taking their clothes off. It all goes by so quickly at this point that it's quite an enjoyable ride.

This is waaaaaaaay more fun than that boring business at the beginning. It's got everything you would expect from the best Italian zombie flicks. Lots of gore, senseless abundance of skin and cannibalism. I'm happy. If I just had to watch the last 50 minutes I would easily rate this an 8.

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