Definitely one of the most intriguing movies ever made, rated a 2.5 on IMDB. The Joe D'Amato classic was given restoration by Media Blasters and can be enjoyed for years to come with a new age of exploitation fans. This movie is a true classic in itself, i mean we have cannibals and zombies together! But this isn't anything new...we had that a few years earlier with Zombie Holocaust, but this time there is a new twist...PORN! So we officially are introduced to a threesome of zombies, cannibals, and pornography.
Being born after the movie was made and being apart of the tech generation we can discover these classics online at great places like Cinnemageddon. The movie was released in 1981 and has seen a few DVD transfers, all seem to be out of print so internet torrent sites seem to be the only solution to securing some of these lost treasures. Currently my collection of out of print exploitation films takes up half my two terabyte hard drive.
The story surrounds a group of scientists who travel to a mysterious island led by Mark Shannon. On the island its like a big sexcapade where scientists split their time between sex and discovery. The scientist come to discover a zombie king with a large penis. This big dicked king zombie kills all the men on the island and rapes all of the females. The female lead is then kidnapped by the monster and eventually is rescued by Shannon.
The movie is not quality by any means. The story is weak, the acting is bad, the special effect a little cheesy. But those qualities also make the movie unique. We are given the usual performance by D'Amato regular George Eastman, who ironically i've watched in multiple movies this past month. He's even in 1990 Bronx Warriors which is reviewed later on in this issue.
Being educated and its the year 2010 we know a lot more about science and sexual transmitted diseases then they did in 1981. I find it very humorous the spreading of std's in this film. The main character, Mark Shannon the "porn star" is riddled with warts all over his testicles. That is obviously a bad case of HPV. At that time Aids wasn't even discovered so they definitely had no idea what they were spreading. No condoms on hard core HPV spreading. That's probably what I find the most intriguing about this movie is the lack of protection used in classic horror-porn. Mark Shannon does work on multiple woman throughout the movie and it doesn't take an expert to know that he is just spreading disease like a wild fire. I feel bad for the other guys who have relations with the woman Mark Shannon has been with. Regardless though, that was a different time in society, and a different time in film making where precautionary measures weren't taken and didn't really even exist.
In the end I would recommend this movie for several reasons. As a history lesson to see how primitive we were as little as 30 years ago. To learn from the mistakes of the past and not make those same mistakes in the future. The movie is downright awful, but as an awful movie its actually entertaining at times. To say the least its a lot better then your typical Todd Sheets movie.
Title: Porno Holocaust
Release Date: February 9 1981 (Italy)
Director: Joe D'Amato
Plot Summary: A group of castaways wash ashore on a deserted island in this Italian sex/gore movie. They are unaware that a sex-crazed radioactive monster is also on the island. He attacks and rapes several of the women, who die horrible deaths because his sperm is radioactive. The survivors must find a way to either escape the island or kill the monster.
IMDB Profile: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0235686/