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In the not too distant future a secret government re-animation chemo-virus gets released into conservative Sartre, Nebraska and lands in an underground strip club. As the virus begins to spread, turning the strippers into "Super Zombie Strippers" the girls struggle with whether or not to conform to the new "fad" even if it means there's no turning back.
There are undoubtedly two camps of people reading this right now: those of you who saw the title of the film and thought "Zombie Strippers? That's fucking retarded" and those of you who, like me, thought "Zombie Strippers? That's fucking awesome." If you happen to count yourself as a member of that first group, you can go ahead and stop reading this right now; this film won't do anything for you, and you'll be wasting your time and money by watching it. However, if you thought that pairing together the walking dead with lap-dancing strippers was the best combination since French fries and ketchup, you really owe it to yourself to see what will almost certainly rank in my "best of 2008" list. Yes, Zombie Strippers is that damned good.
Review by Chad
Added: May 04, 2008
Our feature film takes place somewhere in the near future, during President Bush's fourth run in office (yes, according to the film, he has changed the laws to allow this). The United States has turned into a conservative haven for Republicans, and one consequence of this is the abolishment of public nudity. What's a strip club owner to do? Why, he takes his business underground, of course! Wait... I'm getting a little ahead of myself here. Let's skip over to where the film really starts, shall we?
In a laboratory just a few buildings down the street, we discover that a scientist has created a virus that will turn humans into zombies. Thankfully, the walking dead have been contained, and the army has arrived to carry out a search and destroy mission so that this little incident will be nothing more than a failed experiment. However, one of the soldiers is bitten during the operation, and knowing that his military peers will put a bullet in his brain if they discover this, he quickly escapes and finds himself in a certain illegal strip club.
It doesn't take long before our infected soldier bites and kills lead stripper Kat (Jenna Jameson), and knowing that they can't exactly call the police, club owners Ian (Robert Englund) and Madame Blavatski (Carmit Levité) decide to cover the entire thing up. Then, Kat rises from the dead and decides to perform a striptease while covered in her own blood. Everyone is in shock, naturally, but when the patrons start throwing money at her hand over fist, our exploitive club owners realize that they've got a good thing going here, even if they do have to dispose of her victim's grisly remains every now and then. This brings us to an interesting dilemma: the rest of the strippers - Lillith (Roxy Saint), Jeannie (Shamron Moore), Jessy (Jennifer Holland), Sox (Penny Drake), and Berengé (Jeannette Sousa) - are torn on whether they should become zombies themselves in order to enhance their stage shows or put an end to this madness. Folks, it just gets more and more bizarre from there, so just pick the film up and enjoy.
A couple of things should have made themselves blatantly obvious while reading the above synopsis. For starters, the film and the events found within simply scream "camp humor." Indeed, a film entitled Zombie Strippers is far from being a serious horror film - who would have thought, right? There are apparently some people who didn't get the connection and have voiced their dissatisfaction with their keyboards, so for those of you fine, intelligent readers who sort of took that for granted, I apologize for wasting your ten seconds worth of reading time. For everyone else... what the hell did you expect?
Another little fact that may have popped out at you is that this film has a fair deal of political humor and social commentary sprinkled in throughout the running time. Scratch that: this film openly mocks Bush and the way he runs this country of ours. The 29% of you who still support the man may not appreciate this, but the rest of you will more than likely get a kick out of the roasting the man takes here. Yes, poking fun at Dubya has become a little cliché by now, but political humor can still be funny when handled properly. Zombie Strippers, believe it or not, does it properly.
Now, all of this shouldn't be taken as this being a movie that is nothing more than a comedy with zombies, as there is an honest-to-goodness horror aspect to the film. Granted, it's not a "shit your pants and sleep with the lights on" horror, but there is some tension to be found as well as buckets of the red stuff. The zombie strippers look great (and just wait until you see what they can do with billiard balls), the hordes of rotting, reanimated corpses look just as good, and the gore scenes are almost all beautiful. There are a few instances of bad CGI work, but much, much less than I expected going in. Suffice it to say that if you like your blood flowing and your zombie heads exploding, you're going to walk away from this with a huge smile on your face.
Finally, there's the cast. We've got Robert Englund chewing scenery in a way that he hasn't done since his glory days behind the Freddy Krueger makeup, we've got Jenna Jameson turning in a damned fine performance, and... wait, Jenna Jameson, a former porn star, did a good job here? It's true - the woman won't be taking any roles in heartfelt dramas anytime soon, but she was surprisingly good here and turned in a performance that was more than acceptable for a horror flick. Carmit Levité is enjoyable as the foreigner who doesn't have a very firm grasp on the English language, Joey Medina steals a couple of scenes as the illegal immigrant worker (watch for him poking fun at one of Englund's former films), Roxy Saint stands out as the Suicide Girls-inspired stripper, and I honestly can't complain about anyone rounding out the rest of the cast.
Highly recommended. Zombie Strippers gives horror fans everything that they expect from a finer release, it's funny, it's gruesome, and it's extremely well-written. Don't think that this is simply dumb humor that caters to the lowest common denominator; no sir, this is actually a damned smart film with writing that almost seems too good for a film of this caliber. As a final note, some may make comparisons between this and Planet Terror, and to that, I'd just like to say that - even though I enjoyed Rodriguez's film - Zombie Strippers is more of a grindhouse affair than Planet Terror could have ever hoped to be. 10/10.
- added 05/05/2008, 02:04 AM
GIVE ME A BREAK! I saw this and thought
"Zombie Strippers" -- this could be kick
ass and really fucking fun! THIS WAS ATROCIOUS!
One of the worst attempts at camp horror I have
EVER seen...and I have seen A LOT of bad horror
Highly recommended. Zombie
Strippers gives horror fans everything that they
expect from a finer release, it's funny, it's
gruesome, and it's extremely well-written. Don't
think that this is simply dumb humor that caters
to the lowest common denominator; no sir, this is
actually a damned smart film with writing that
almost seems too good for a film of this
Extremely well-written? One
of the worst written horror releases of the year,
including "One Missed Call". Doesn't
cater to the lowest common denominator? No -- it
IS the lowest common denominator. I just cannot
understand how you could like this film, let alone
give it 10/10...??? I am in shock...and awe...if
this is what horror films have come to, I look
forward to the quick death of the entire genre.
- added 05/05/2008, 10:52 AM
How many movies have you seen that dealt with
something so ludicrous (zombies and strippers,
'natch) and still found a way to throw in
Nietzsche quotes and observations of our place in
the grand scheme of the world while also having a
sort of coming-of-age / self-identity theme
throughout the entire thing? How many films could
even make that work? Zombie Strippers did it.
The jokes are, for the most part, hilarious. The
storyline gives us ninety minutes of carnage
without ever feeling too repetitious. It takes a
subgenre (zombie films) that has been done to
death and makes it fun again. So, yes, I'd say
that makes this very well-written.
- added 05/05/2008, 11:21 AM
Wow. Still in shock and awe. The Nietzsche
quotes you just mentioned I found to be nothing
but a pathetic attempt to make the film more than
it was ever going to be. The ENTIRE storyline is
worse than your average B-grade zombie film. And,
not that I expect award-caliber acting in a film
called "Zombie Strippers", but Jenna
Jameson and Robert Englund are miserably bad here,
trying way too hard to be funny and not
succeeding. The ONLY positive thing I can say
about the film is that it had decent gore.
Otherwise, AN ABSOLUTE MUST-MISS.
- added 05/05/2008, 11:39 AM
The film is a horror comedy that focuses more on
the "comedy" than the
"horror", so to expect a deep storyline
is silly. However, with that said, they came up
with something that was more than acceptable and
kept things moving nicely. The entire thing may
have been set in one little building, but there
was enough of a plot here to keep it interesting
for ninety minutes - that's more than can be said
about a lot of the recent zombie flicks.
For a horror film, I thought Jenna
Jameson did a great job. Keep in mind that I
couldn't see her in any serious roles, but for a
horror film where all she has to do is get naked,
get killed, kill, eat people? I thought she did a
damned fine job (and as a side-note, I forgot to
mention the awesome cameo appearance of her
boyfriend Tito Ortiz - one of the baddest men in
UFC - as a cowardly bouncer). As far as Englund,
I recall you not liking him in 2001 Maniacs
either, so I'm guessing you just don't like the
guy in that sort of role. I do, and I thought he
did that sort of over-the-top character better
here than he has anywhere else... and yes, this
includes most of his outings as Freddy.
- added 05/05/2008, 01:06 PM
But, see -- I like Robert Englund when he's not so
damned over-the-top, like in "Behind the
Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon". When he
starts going so over the top, he's just plain
bad...and bad acting just drives me insane. And
it wasn't that I was expecting a deep storyline.
I was expecting something original and, very much
like "Snakes On A Plane" -- the movie
had a cool title it just couldn't deliver on.
- added 05/05/2008, 01:29 PM
I haven't seen this yet, but the over-the-top
comment really got to me. We are talking about the
same Robert Englund, no? Aside from the first and
last NoES, he has done nothing but go
over-the-top. Dance of the Dead, while a terrible
film, had only one thing going for it, Englund's
performance. And, *shock*, he was outrageous and
over-the-top as he was in all of the NoES films,
with zany antics and cheesy one liners. Whether
he's Freddy or the M.C., I think his best stuff
comes from his outrageous performances.
- added 05/05/2008, 01:46 PM
- added 05/05/2008, 03:34 PM
You don't seem to understand that there is a
difference between being 'campy and outrageous'
over-the-top and being 'trying way too hard to
sell something' over-the-top, and I am referring
to the latter. Robert Englund is always
over-the-top. Why? Because he's not a great
actor. Period. But there is a difference between
the over-the-top nature being the character
itself, i.e. Freddy, The Mangler, etc. -- and
between the over-the-top coming from Englund
trying to sell his character way too hard. That
is the difference. He does well with one, and
does poorly with the other. "Zombie
Strippers" falls into the latter.
- added 05/05/2008, 03:36 PM
My problem when I am watching a film is that I
like originality. I like to see things I haven't
seen before. What was original about "Zombie
Strippers". Sure, you can say there are no
original ideas left, but that is utter bullshit.
There are plenty of original ideas out there,
especially in the horror genre. If a film lacks
originality, it's because no one cared enough to
make it happen, and with a title like "Zombie
Strippers" -- THAT is very disappointing.
- added 10/29/2008, 01:54 AM
I thought this was going to suck, but I enjoyed
it. Very witty dialogue, great effects, and
beautiful tits (even the rotting ones were fine)