My wife and I talked about watching a slasher movie all day yesterday, the kind with plenty of blood and gore. And, we even had a couple films picked out for when the kids were in bed.
Unfortunately, the movies we intended on watching didn’t pan out (we were 15 minutes into both of them without anyone getting killed so we turned them off) and we ultimately ended up widening our search to include any movie in the horror category. After hunting for several minutes and realizing it was starting to get late, we ended up picking one that sounded somewhat interesting; Zombie Strippers.
As you can probably tell from the title, this isn’t a movie that is going to make you feel smarter because you watched it and, in fact, it might even kill a few brain cells. And, my wife and I could probably list a dozen or so scenes that will support that. But, as I quickly learned, the title is somewhat deceptive because this ended up being a decent film.
You probably already guessed the plot of the movie but, just in case, I’ll summarize it. The government calls in a group of soldiers to a research lab experimenting with the reanimation of the dead (the government is trying to create super soldiers) so they can eliminate the zombies that are created. The team is successful but, during the mission, one of them is bitten and, not wanting to be killed, flees the scene and ultimately ends up in an illegal strip club. He then changes into a zombie and attacks the star stripper (played by Jenna Jameson), killing her and turning her into a zombie too.
At first, everyone is horrified. However, being dead makes her less inhibited and, as a result, a better stripper. And, as she begins stealing all the tips (even as her flesh is starting to rot), most of the other strippers decide they want to be turned into zombies too. Since they are making more money, the club management is happy. But, as a trade off, their strippers start eating the clientele and they need to hide the newly turned zombies in the basement.
What really surprised me about this film was, overall, it wasn’t a bad zombie movie. Because of the plot, it was a bit lighter hearted than other films. But, as the army of male zombies grew in the basement, you just knew something bad was going to happen. And, once the zombies predictably escape, you are left wondering who will end up surviving.
The person that really steals the show for me is Robert Englund, who plays the strip club owner. I especially loved how he is germaphobic when it comes to his strippers and is more concerned with getting herpes than with the fact he has flesh-eating zombies dancing on stage. This is easily one of his best roles (that didn’t involve him playing Freddy Krueger).
My Final Opinion: This is a movie that obviously isn’t going to be for everyone. But, it did prove to be entertaining and was a pretty decent surprise last night.
Average Netflix Grade: 2.4 stars out of a possible 5
My Grade: 3 stars