Zombi Holo­caust

Spaghetti splat­ter spruced up

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1980 | 18 | Blu- ray Di­rec­tor: Marino Giro­lami Cast: Ian McCul­loch, Alexan­dra Delli Colli, Sherry Buchanan, Peter O’Neal, Don­ald O’Brien

It’s a zom­bie film! It’s a cannibal film! It’s a mad doc­tor film! It’s… a not very good film.

In a plot fa­mil­iar to any­one au fait with Lu­cio Fulci’s Zom­bie Flesh Eaters, a group of New York med­i­cal types – in­clud­ing Ian McCul­loch, look­ing and sound­ing ex­actly like Point­less’s Alexan­der Armstrong – head to the East Indies to find the source of a cult that’s steal­ing body parts. There they en­counter the can­ni­bals and zom­bies and mad doc­tor who gave this film the best of its squil­lions of aliases: Dr Butcher, Med­i­cal De­vi­ate.

Flashes of nu­dity and gore break the mun­dan­ity: a skull is re­moved in bloody de­tail, and McCul­loch fends off a rot­ter by pulp­ing his face with a boat’s mo­tor. Na­tives feast on a man’s in­testines, then drill their fin­gers into his eye sock­ets. Yes, this sounds mighty grim, but most of the gore looks pretty fake, and Zombi Holo­caust’s main prob­lem is that it am­bles. Zom­bie films shouldn’t am­ble; they should race!

Ex­tras: A 2014 con­ven­tion Q& A with Ian McCul­loch ( 50 min­utes) and Eaten Alive!, an hour- and- ahalf- long doc­u­men­tary on the rise and fall of the Ital­ian cannibal film – it’s com­pre­hen­sive, with lots of juicy footage, but watch­ing the in­ter­vie­wees try­ing to out- PC one another be­comes tire­some ( why watch these films if they of­fend you so much?). A trailer and deleted scene round things off; there’s also a post­card and a 16- page book­let.

Beach body ready? Hmmm…

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