I’ve had this one simmering in the pile of new DVD’s for a while and a few evenings ago it finally found it’s way to the top. Well… all you regular readers know my love for baaaaad, baaaad cinema goodies, so how could I not give the Region 2 German release of “Zombie Strippers” a try? But, ….you say,… “Neko-chan…. there are no long haired ghosts in this one!!”
OK, OK….. I know… There are definitely times that people say to me… “Ummmm? Miyuki, how come you only ever watch all those trashy subtitled asian horror films?” So… for those people I’d like to use this review to prove that this lil’ Catgirl will also watch trashy english language movies too. Hehehehe!! So…. without further adieu, lets explore the absolute “craptaculousity” that is “Zombie Strippers”!!
(Pssst!! That’s your subtle hint to “Read On”….)
First off let’s check out the synopsis for it:“In the world of the near future, President George Bush has been just elected for a fourth time and the USA is in war against many nations, among them Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Venezuela, France and Alaska. In order to compensate for the loss of soldiers, the government is researching a virus to reanimate the dead tissue of deceased soldiers and reactivate their brains, to form a powerful army of the undead. In a terrible accident, the virus gets released into conservative Sartre, Nebraska and finds it’s way to 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.” -courtesy IMDb.
This one was made here in the good ol’ US of A, but first got released in Germany on a “direct to video” Region 2 PAL format DVD. That the studio had that much faith in it should pretty much tell you how good it is…. But….. has that ever stopped me from watching a movie before? Naaaaahhh!! This is just the sort of film destined for late night pay-cable channels and midnight movie showings for inebriated college students. Just as it should be….. “All is right in the Universe”….
It stars Adult film actress Jenna Jameson as Kat, Queen of the Strippers and gives her plenty of screen time to display the assets that made her famous in that industry. She’s obviously the draw here, cast more for her notoriety than any acting talent, but she gets the job done and is really surprisingly OK in the part. She manages to convey a predatory bitchiness that works well for the role of cannibalistic zombie slut. Round out your cast with some female rockers and exotic dancers looking to break into acting and you are all set.
Oh yeah….. and there’s Robert Englund too. Down career wise from his Glory days as Freddy Kreuger, he’s become the Boris Karloff of the 21st century, lending his name to low budget wonders like this to plump up the Box Office and attract investors. Here he plays the sleazy owner of the Illegal strip joint with an eye for a quick buck and the Moral Compass of the Exxon Valdez. Again… not a bad fit for the role, just a bit disappointing given his previous roles in the horror genre.
So….. if the story is nothing special, and the actors are nothing special, is there anything about this one to elevate it to Cult status? Well…. the effects are good, makeup in particular. The slow, rotting degeneration of Miss Jameson in particular was excellent. Anybody can throw rotting clothes on a person and smear a little blood on their face to make a Zombie, but showing us one that’s naked most of the time and getting the decomposition and deterioration just right is the mark of a true artist. Other effects are well done too and the gore quotient is nice and high.
The story blends some humor and a little political satire into the mix as well, in a fashion that doesn’t detract from the story, but that doesn’t exactly add to it in any significant fashion. There’s the naive small town heroine and her guy-next-door boyfriend and their love story, but that really doesn’t break new ground either. I guess this one is just going to slide down into genre obscurity buried amid a thousand other such films that aren’t bad, but just aren’t great. It will have it’s diehard fans, but I’m afraid this little Catgirl isn’t going to be one of them.
So Neko-chan has to give “Zombie Strippers” a 3 “Meows” out of 5, mostly for the great makeup effects and the couple of quirky moments here and there that I liked. Not bad….. but certainly not great.
(However…. another “zombies versus strippers” film is on the horizon, “Zombies!,Zombies!,Zombies!”, so maybe I’ll have better to say about that one when it finally arrives…… Neko lives in hope……Hehehehe!!)
Oh…..and naturally there’s a Trailer for this on too…and here it is!