Marino Girolami, Italy, 1980, Severin Films, Horror

It sparked riots on 42nd Street, spawned a generation of VHS gorehounds and forever set an insane standard for Italian mad doctor/zombie/cannibal carnage worldwide: DR. BUTCHER, M.D. is the only cannibal movie that can be recommended to anyone in good conscience because it contains NO ANIMAL VIOLENCE. Know what else it has? ZOMBIES! Also ascots! And more zombies who are also peeping toms! This movie is a plotless, no-holds-barred mess cobbled together by Italians for the sole benefit of making people like us smile.

Ian McCulloch (ZOMBIE), Alexandra Delli Colli (THE NEW YORK RIPPER), Sherry Buchanan (TENTACLES) and Donald O’Brien (EMANUELLE AND THE LAST CANNIBALS) star in this blood orgy of gut-munching, eyeball-gouging and face-chopping originally known as ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST, which a notorious American distributor would then re-edit, re-title and re-release as a certified grindhouse masterpiece. Fully restored, totally uncut!

“A high point in the golden age of the Great Italian Rip-Off Machine. Manages to rip off two superior films at once, one of them already a rip-off itself, while still remaining enjoyable in its own right deserves special attention. Those two superior movies are, of course, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST and ZOMBIE. The fact that both were made earlier the same year as DR. BUTCHER, MD only increases my admiration for this ambitious exercise in plagiarism.” (Scott Ashlin, 1000 Misspent Hours)

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  • 84 mins
  • Color
  • 1.85:1


  • DCP
  • 35mm