Zombie Holocaust (1980)
In the midst of an onslaught of Italian zombie and cannibal films emerged a combination of the two, Zombie Holocaust. When body parts are stolen from a teaching hospital in New York, a group is dispatched the East Indies to pursue a group of cannibals that they believe ties into the events. In the pursuit of cannibals, they find a mad scientist and zombies, and the hunts commence.
The acting and dubbing is absolutely atrocious. In fact, one example that aggravates me is when a nurse discovers a mutilated body. What we hear is a standard sound effect female scream, twice, as if it stuttered. What we see is the nurse gasp, but certainly not scream, and with quite a bit less fear then the situation would typically generate. Point is, you have to get over some painfully terrible moments to enjoy this film for what it is…a gory showdown between cannibals and zombies (alright, ‘showdown’ is a stretch).
Once you’re over the acting, the film is actually quite enjoyable as brainless gory euro-trash. All effects are well done, and the gore is appropriately (or inappropriately?) excessive. There is really no in-depth analysis that can be applied to this film, or at least none that I can come up with. Instead it is just an all-out gorefest with all the cheese and general exploitation intact. If you’re a fan of bad films and Italian zombie gore, check out Zombie Holocaust.