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Zombie Holocaust – Marino Girolami – 1980

Posted in 80's with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2014 by bookofdread


Marino Girolami’s Zombie Holocaust is hands down one of the most gleeful cinematic experiences one can have. It features powerful women, exciting adventure and enough gore and nudity to choke a cannibal.

Before we get into the mountains of good about this awesome, super fun film, let’s get to the bad. It’s a major rip off of Lucio Fulci’s Zombie, a film of which I am a great fan. However enjoying that film really only adds to the enjoyment of this vastly inferior, but goofier film. The film’s even share some of the same sets! Unlike Fulci’s Zombie, Zombie Holocaust is a crowd pleaser with a happy ending, instead of a twisted spiral of nightmare.

So, the plot is very unoriginal, Ian McCollouch and Alexandra Delli Colli book a trip to the West Andes to solve a mystery concerning missing body parts in a New York Hospital.

They team up with some meat puppet reporters and head out into the jungle. The reporters are plucky female writer and a beardo photographer who wears a Daily Planet T-shirt! This gal and our heroine are really the standout quality of this film.

In most adventure films, Zombie included, women are fairly marginalized and especially in euro-cine films of the time women were pretty useless on screen. Delli Colli is an anthropologist who is cool and intelligent, and who ends up saving the day at the end of the film.

After the four get to the island the reporters are quickly killed and the wig wearing detective and the tall drink of water are separated by the cannibalistic natives. We are sure the cannibals are going to eat the delicious Delli Colli but when she is placed upon the sacred stone grapefruit, it turns, revealing that a white woman from New York is the destined savior of their tribe and the rightful queen of their land. This is helpful when rescuing wig detective from the antics of the mad Dr. Obrero and an onslaught from a zombie horde, not so helpful when convincing other cultures that you don’t think a tall white woman is the answer to all their cultural needs.

It’s a pretty gross trope and one that hit its’ low point in John Guillermin’s Sheena, starring Tonya Roberts as a hot white woman who is the queen of an African tribe.

So pro woman, yet sadly harshly xenophobic, Zombie Holocaust isn’t liable to put a smile on Santa’s face. However with a case of your favorite beer or a bottle of wine or spirit you can really have a lot of fun with this one. I present to the world, for the first time in public:


There are several rules that must always be obeyed.

Rule 1: Drink for gore.

Rule 2: Drink for nudity.

Rule 3: Drink for the sound of Kito (weeeeeeooooooweeeeeooooweeee)

Rule 4: Drink for the sign of Kito (the red oval sign, usually
accompanied by the sound of Kito)

Rule number 5 is the most important rule of all.

Rule 5: When you hear the Jungle bird, Drink.

I swear, they use the same canned jungle bird a thousand times, and I promise you, if you follow all of these rules, you will have a wonderful time with this film and end up drunk as skunk.

Zombie Holocaust has great acting, a silly plot, decent music, and loads of gore. If cannibal films are your thing, this one might come across as a bit weak sauce, but if you like fun and silly horror comedy, this is your ticket. Most films this gory don’t come with so many laughs, and I’d argue that most of them were intentional. This film isn’t a bad cannibal film, it’s one of the great, unheralded horror comedies. Dive in and drink up.

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