Zombie Island Massacre (1984) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

Zombie Island Massacre (1984) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

Zombie Island Massacre (1984) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

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Zombie Island Massacre (1984) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: John N. Carter
Starring: David Broadnax, Rita Jenrette, Tom Cantrell
Rated: UR/Region O/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Vinegar Syndrome

A group of Americans, on what they assumed would be a relaxing and fun-filled vacation in the Caribbean, soon find themselves trapped in the island wilderness after their tour bus breaks down. Alone and stranded, the group begin to fall prey to an unknown, voodoo mask wearing assailant who bumps them off in various nasty ways, ranging from decapitation and evisceration, to impalement. As the surviving members of the group frantically search for help, they begin to suspect that not all of them might be who they claim they are, and that one of them might be a cold-blooded killer…

Some Americans find themselves on the wrong Caribbean island in Zombie Island Massacre! What was supposed to be a cool trip with some T and A turns into a voodoo ridden attack that also comes packed with a bit of T and A! Straight from the ranks of Troma comes this oddball of a horror film thanks to Vinegar Syndrome! The movie opens with that already talked about T and A before heading to the island for some fun. While it can be a bit of a slow time from time to time things eventually get rolling and when that happens we get met with what might be the best part of the film outside of the boobs on the leading lady, the kills! Sure, some are kind of awkward but there’s enough read stuff to keep you happy! You also have the cool tunes of Harry Manfredini which is cool to hear but also kind of reminds us that it sounds a lot like the music he made for Friday the 13th as well.

While I can’t tell you that this is the greatest thing you’ll ever see, I can say that it is a fun movie with some twists and turns along the way as far as the plot goes. I can, however, safely tell you that this is a big upgrade over the old Troma DVD, as I’m sure you could probably have already guessed. Voodoo in horror during the that this movie was made is always fun and it’s a good time here. I’m a fan of the overall tone and of the gore but I can also see where the slower pace at times could be a turn-off for some people who are just wanting them to get along with it. I’d say check it out! It’s always nice to see old movies that Troma released get good Blu-ray releases and more times than not we have Vinegar Syndrome to think for that.


  • Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
  • Newly scanned & restored in 2k from its 35mm camera negative
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Multiple TV spots
  • Promotional ‘sizzle’ reel
  • Reversible cover artwork
  • English SDH subtitles

Quality of Transfer: 98%

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