Dr. Butcher, M.D. (Medical Deviate) / Zombie Holocaust (1980)

“I could easily kill you now — but I’m determined to have your brain!”

Synopsis:
An expedition team on Keto Island tries to escape from the clutches of a mad scientist (Donald O’Brien) who is turning corpses into zombies; meanwhile, they must outrun the island’s resident cannibals.

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Response to Peary’s Review:
This campy horror flick deftly combines two favored tropes of the genre: zombies and cannibals. Peary (who labels this film “horrible”, and says even the preview turned his stomach) doesn’t bother to explain much of the plot in his review; instead, he simply talks about living in New York City while this film was marketed, and nearly being run over by a “Butchermobile”. Clearly, he chose to include this movie in his book simply because of the notoriety surrounding its release.

P.S. Zombie Holocaust was the original title of this film; American distributors added extra footage at the beginning and renamed it Dr. Butcher, M.D. — hence the double title.

Redeeming Qualities:

  • A clever marriage of two horror genre favorites

Must See?
No, unless you’re a “sex and gore” fan, as Peary puts it — or a fan of bad movies.

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