Zombi Holocaust (1980)

Italy, 1979
35mm film, Technicolor, 1.85:1
mono, Italian
Reviewed at The

An Italian horror film directed by Marino Girolami using the pseudonym Frank Martin.

Plot Summary

An anthropologist and medical doctor investigate the mysterious island of Kito where they find a mad scientist performing experiments on the local cannibal tribe that turn them into .


Directed by: Frank Martin [real name: Marino Girolami]
© [not given on screen]
Floria Film, S.r.l., Fulvia Film, S.r.l., Gico Cinematografica, S.r.l.
Produced by: Gianfranco Couyoumdjian and Fabrizio De Angelis
Screenplay by: Romano Scandariato
Based on an idea by Fabrizio De Angelis
Director of Photography: Fausto Zuccoli
Film Editor: Alberto Moriani
Music by: Nico Fidenco
Sound Recordist: Alfonso Montesanti
Costumes by: Silvana Scandariato
Make-up and Special Effects: Maurizio Trani
Hairstylist: Giancarlo Marin
Production Designer: Walter Patriarca
Filmed on location and at In.Cir. De Polis Studios, Rome

Ian McCulloch [Dr Peter Chandler]
Alexandra Delli Colli [Lori Ridgeway]
Sherry Buchanan [Susan Kelly]
Peter O'Neal [George Harper]
Donald O'Brien [Dr Obrero]
Dakar [Molotto]
Walter Patriarca [Dr Drydock]
Linda Fumis [nurse]
Roberto Resta
Franco Ukmar [zombie]
Giovanni Ukmar [driver]
Angelo Ragusa [zombie]

Alternative Titles

Anthropophage Holocaust: La Terreur des Zombies – France (DVD)
Cementerio de los zombies – Mexico
Doctor Butcher M.D. – USA (alternative)
Doctor Butcher – USA (alternative)
Dr. Butcher M.D. – USA (alternative)
Dr. Butcher, M.D. – Finland
Dr. Butcher, Medical Deviate – USA (video)
Förintelsen – Sweden
Holocausto de los Zombies – Venezuela
Holocausto Zombi – Spain (alternative)
Island of the Last Zombies
To olokaftoma ton zombi – Greece (video)
La regina dei Cannibali – alternative title
La terreur des zombies – France
Zombi Holocausto – Portugal
Zombi Holocausto – Spain
Zombi holokauszt – Hungary
Zombi: Anthropofagoi sti Nea Yorki – Greece
Zombie 3 – USA
Zombie Death Cult – Germany (DVD)
Zombie Holocaust – Netherlands, UK, USA
Zombie Holocausto – Brazil
Zombie Inferno – Switzerland (German)
Zombie-massakren – Denmark
Zombies Cannibal Ferox – West Germany
Zombies unter Kannibalen – West Germany
Ζόμπι: Ανθρωποφάγοι στη Νέα Υόρκη – Greece
Το ολοκαύτωμα των ζόμπι – Greece
Ад зомби – Russia
Остров зомби – Russia

Includes extracts from
Zombi 2 (1979)

Extracts included in
42nd Street Forever: Blu-ray Edition (2012)
Blood of the Zombies: Interview with FX Master Rosario Prestopino (2016)
The Butcher Mobile (2016)
Butchery & Ballyhoo (2016)
Cutting Doctor Butcher (2016)
Down on the Deuce: Nostalgic Tour of 42nd Street (2016)
Filmmaker Enzo Castellari Remembers His Father Director Marino Girolami (2016)
Grindhouse Universe (2008)
Neurosurgery Italian Style (2016)
Sherry Holocaust: Interview with Actress Sherry Buchanan (2016)
Voodoo Man: Interview with Star Ian McCulloch (2016)
Zombie Holocaust: New York Filming Locations Then vs. Now (2016)



  • British Board of Film Censors Monthly List August 1983 – note
  • Fangoria no.215 (August 2002) p.66 – illustrated DVD review (DVD Dungeon: Zombie Holocaust by Christine Allen)
  • Foreign Sales, Italian Movie Trade vol.5 no.12 (December 1979) p.20 – credits
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.272 no.5 (1 June 1982) p.23 – credits, review
  • Sight & Sound vo.11 no.3 (March 2001) p.66 – video review (Homemovies: reviews: premiere releases by Danny Leigh and Geoffrey Macnab)
  • Starburst no.272 (April 2001) p.74 – illustrated video review (Videofile by Ian Atkins)
  • Variety 5 May 1982 pp.21, 24 – credits, review


  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.368-69, 383
  • Horror! 333 Films to Scare You to Death by James Marriott & Kim Newman p.226
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films III by Donald C. Willis p.75-76 – credits
  • Italian Horror 1979-1994 by Jim Harper pp.210-212 – illustrated credits, review
  • Zombie by Allan Bryce (ed) pp.14-27; 88-107 – illustrated article (Morti viventi: Zombies Italian-style by Alan Jones); illustrated article (The gross-out factor by Adrian Luther-Smith)
  • The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia by Peter Dendle p.60 – credits, review