Zombie Strippers (Blu-ray/DVD)
Reviewed by Uncle Creepy
Starring Jenna Jameson, Robert Englund, Roxy Saint, Joey Medina, Shamron Moore
Directed by Jay Lee
Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Zombie Strippers. The name alone immediately catches your eye, doesn't it? I think it's supposed to. Unfortunately it's really easy to roll your eyes and dismiss this flick because of it, too. Believe me, however, that's the last thing you should do. This flick is as much silly and perverse fun as the title suggests, and it also sports some pretty out there kills and zombie effects! You really don't wanna miss this one. Sit back, kids, and enjoy this text based lap dance!
A secret government agency accidentally unleashes a deadly virus on the public that kills and then re-animates the dead. So where does the first poor infected schlub head to? Rhino's underground strip club, a seedy wank-filled fun room that is run by the ever-so-sleazy and platinum haired owner Ian (Englund, giving his best comedic performance to date). Once Ian's star stripper Kat (Jameson) contracts the virus, she turns and for whatever reason becomes even hotter and more appealing to the club's patrons. This makes the other strippers jealous, and it's not long before they're all begging Kat for the bite.
Strippers strut, flesh rots, and bodies start piling up. Even worse for the few heroes of the movie, all of the victims of these voracious vixens reanimate as well, so Ian does what any self-absorbed bastard would do -- locks them in the basement for safe keeping! Of course they bust out and join the strippers, who are now fighting amongst themselves over who's the hottest or, in this case, the coldest. This leads to much blood-spattered mayhem, and just when you think it couldn't get any wilder, that pesky government agency comes in guns blazing! From there it's one gore gag after the other in rapid fire succession. You'll barely have time to catch your breath.
To my absolute shock, I had a really, really good time with this, and not just because there was tons of splatter, hot chicks, and cool looking zombies shambling about. Zombie Strippers is -- believe it or not -- genuinely funny, smartly written, and has a lot to say about the world we live in. Especially our current political climate. There's something here for just about everyone to enjoy, one way or the other. Who would have thunk it? Not I! Jay Lee and company have just put themselves on my horror loving map, and I cannot wait to see what they do next!
The special features are pretty cool also. Other than being BD-Live enabled, exclusive to Blu-ray is the pop-up trivia track Titillation and Sass, which points out all of the in-jokes, political jabs, and even references to French literature and philosophy(!) while offering background tidbits on the cast and the shoot. Usually a throw-away feature, this track ends up being a hell of a good time. The rest of the extras that are included on both Blu-ray and DVD are as follows ...
Things kick off with an extremely funny commentary by writer/director Jay Lee, Jenna Jameson, Robert Englund, and Joey Medina that ends up being almost as entertaining as the movie itself. My advice? When you're ready to listen to the commentary, do so with the trivia track enabled. Lots of fun, people. Lots of fun. From there we get your standard short making-of featurettes, the eight-minute long The Champagne Room: Behind-the-Scenes of Zombie Strippers and a five-minute look at the film's effects called The Dressing Room: How to Glam a Zombie. Each is high energy, making them very watchable. Besides that, they're short so you'll have no time to be bored. Next up we have around thirty-six minutes of deleted scenes that offer a bit more zombie action and splatter, but it's mostly character development type stuff that was cut for pacing. Add on a trailer gallery, and we're done!
Zombie Strippers is not the best movie you will see all year. In fact some of it is pretty cheesy, and the acting ranges from good to barely passable, but you know what? I can damned near guarantee that you'll have a blast with it while it's on. Gore-hounds will be pleased by the copious amount of violence that is gleefully on display, pervs will find ample reason to tug one out, and folks looking for satire will have their funny bones pleasantly tickled. Highly recommended! Now where's my dollar? *holds open elastic band on G-string*
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