Saturday, September 29, 2012

Zombie Strippers - Could This Low Budget Zombie Movie Actually Be Worth Watching?


For a certain subset of zombie movie lovers, Zombie Strippers (Director: Jay Lee, 2008) was perhaps the greatest concept ever dreamed up for a movie. Just as folks who love peanut butter and chocolate were wowed by the marriage of the two ingredients into peanut butter cups, it would seem that the combination of zombies and strippers would be a home-run, slam-dunk, match made in heaven. What could possibly go wrong with such a movie? Well... what if the acting was terrible, the storyline was rough, and the humor was sometimes extremely corny - maybe even downright stupid?
To be perfectly honest, Zombie Strippers has every single one of those shortcomings - and more! In fact, if you live to be 100, it could end up being one of the stupidest movies you will ever see in your life. HOWEVER, it could also end up being one of the funniest, most memorable movies you will ever see - if you actually pay attention to it. The fact is, for those who watch carefully (as hard as that may seem!), you will find that there is a ton of rather subtle, surprisingly intelligent, intellectual humor being offered - not to mention plenty of political satire, and more well-formed female breasts than you will see in any dozen of your typical R-rated movies (this movie also carries an R rating from the MPAA).
Of course if you don't have a sense of humor about any right-wing political views you may have, or are a big fan of GW Bush, then you can forget about ever liking this movie. In fact the entire premise of the movie starts with GW being in his fourth term in office (after his having dissolved congress) with bloody wars raging against most of the Middle East (as well as France and Alaska - Ha!). The military is quickly running out of fresh troops to send to the many fronts and is experimenting with a zombie virus in an attempt to reanimate and make use of some of the not-so-fresh troops the wars were providing.
It just so happens that Ian (played by Robert Englund, of Freddy Kruger fame) is the owner of an illegal underground gentleman's club that is located near the army's secret lab. Kat (played by the one and only Jenna Jameson) is the star dancer of the club. Kat is both hated and envied by the other girls who work there resulting in an ongoing rivalry. When the virus escapes the army's lab, Kat is the first to be killed and reanimated as a zombie, after which she is endowed with "super-stripper" abilities. This only elevates the rivalry between the girls and causes the owner of the club, Ian, to have dollar signs in his eyes. Zombie stripper mayhem ensues and things, of course only go downhill from there.
All in all, Zombie Strippers is definitely what you would call a B-Movie (and C or D-Movie is probably an even more appropriate designation!). However, for zombie movie lovers, it is filled with lots of delightful cheesy gore and some surprisingly decent make-up effects. If you have a sense of humor and like to laugh, this movie has everything from subtle intellectual humor to "oh my god I can't believe that's happening" humor (just mention "golf balls" to anyone who has seen this movie, and you will certainly get a reaction!). If you can forgive some terrible low-budget acting, some blatant stupidity, and some jabs at conservative political agendas, you might just love this movie.

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