42nd Street Cinema

Porno Holocaust (1981)

Horror to the left of me, Porno to the right, here I am. Stuck in this middle with...this? The bottom line being Joe D'Amato's Porno Holocaust (obviously jivin' on Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust (1980)) is closer to a porno flick than a 'balls out' horror movie. You can tell I'm gonna have a lot of fun with this.

Prior to viewing I had read nothing more than a brief synopsis, the year it was made and an interesting tidbit of trivia. That being that apparently D'Amato shot this back to back with Erotic Nights of the Living Dead (1980), even using a few of the same locations.

The films initial set up revolves around a group of scientists traveling to a mysterious island for investigation and research, you know the usual 'cursed island, go there and die a gruesome death' sort of thing. Locals are unsure of the island's inhabitants, warning the scientists of a monster and myths of black magic/voodoo.

Upon reaching the island they find it to be deserved with apparently no signs of life; no insects, rodents or birds. However what isn't apparent to them, but is to me. Is that I know what's most likely to be living on that island, yes of course it's a large deformed black man who kills women by inseminating them with his radioactive semen. Along side that beautiful factoid I'm treated to some monster P.O.V. shots of the troop as they roam aimlessly around the island.
From the look of it it's the same island as Fulci's Zombi 2 (1979)...and maybe Marino Girolami's Zombie Holocaust (1980).
Sadly so, you don't actually get to see the 'monster' until your just over an hour in. When he decides to off the professor then receive a little somethin' somethin' from the professors wife. Mmm sensible and classy.



The scientists then discover that their boat has drifted out to sea and it would appear someone or something had cut the ropes at the dock. Leaving them stranded on the island. Meanwhile the monster snatches one of the scientists; Annie and keeps her in his lair. So who comes to this damsel in distress' aid?, I hear you ask. Well, that would be Captain O'Day who she had something of a fling with earlier in the film. In all honesty the only reason he probably rescued her is for a little more of the old 'in out'.
A piss poor chase sequence ensues where the monster meets his eventual demise at the sharp end of a harpoon. Which leads to the couple engaging in copious amounts of the aforementioned 'in out'. Hurray for close ups. Once thats over and done with they climb aboard a small boat and wave to a bigger ship in the distance in hopes to be rescued.

As the credits began to roll I was left with the question of what it was D'Amato set out to accomplish by creating this motion picture. Was it intended to be comical? Was it intended to be arousing?
He had successfully made a film where you don't give a flying fudge about the characters, but in contrast to that, also gave us cheap yet captivating pornographic sequences; one of which involving a duo of black men. Along with the near gore-less deaths, this film is really nothing special but with a title like that, how do you not want to see it?

1 Star

7 comments:

Stephen Andrew said...

HATED this movie. Unlike other D'Amato fun like Absurd, etc.

James said...

Yeah, I totally agree with you however I didn't like Absurd that much. Have you seen Anthropophagus?

Phantom of Pulp said...

I didn't see this movie when it first came out, so when I did finally see it, I was expecting the worst. For reasons best left unexplained, I enjoyed it for the putrid island adventure it was.

I agree that some of the sex scenes are quite arousing.

Alex Bakshaev said...

I think sex scenes in Porno Holocaust are fairly dreadful and the film is overlong.
But it's a unique picture and should be seen by all enthusiasts of transgressive cinema.
Still, D'Amato did a (slightly) better job with "Erotic Nights..."

astrum said...

I think the porno is the way of left hand, and your post is very good.... I coment this film in horroerotica... see you with the translator.

Pedro Pereira said...

Radioactive semen? It must be even worst than "Orgasmo nero"...

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Online pharmacy reviews said...

porno holocaust?? hmm that sounds very appealing.....not really!!! what kind of title and who would make a movie like that!!??? come on! only people with fetish would watch it!

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