a critiQal film review Zombie Strippers! (2008)

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Plot: 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.

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Looking for something cheesy and ridiculous, I originally picked Double Team, the Jean-Claude Van Damme / Dennis Rodman action throwaway. That wasn’t available to play instantly (for some unknown reason). So, I settled on Zombie Strippers, the sleeper film of 2008 that seemed to be just what I was looking for.

Would this porn-turned-horror satire satisfy my cravings for cheese? Or would Zombie Strippers be just a big waste of time?

Unsurprisingly, the acting in Zombie Strippers is downright awful. Jenna Jameson spouts Nietzsche and then dances on a stripper’s pole, if that’s any indication. Robert Englund’s ridiculously greedy – and moraleless – club owner stands out as a high point. That should be a clue – after all, without his Krueger persona, Englund isn’t exactly A-caliber star material. Usually he only manages to limp from scene to scene. So, if he’s the high point of the cast, viewers can only shudder to imagine the rest.

The viewer will struggle to get past the “talkie” sequences – which are at such a low volume compared to the action the viewer will probably miss most of the so-called “dialogue” anyway. They still have to wrap their brain around the plot of this ridiculous horror comedy. Playing off of the success of Resident Evil (2002), they take the same concept (a virus has been unleashed that re-animates dead flesh) and move the setting to a strip club. Rather than being grossed out by zombie strippers, however, the crowd loves it, and suddenly this dive of a strip club becomes the hottest ticket in town.

Utterly ridiculous, of course. For a little while though, the viewer may find themselves actually enjoying the sheer lunacy of the idea. But, as the bleeding, rotting corpses dance their way out of their clothes on stage, most will find themselves turning away in disgust. Unfortunately, this gross-out continues for most of the film, until the inevitable zombie attack occurs.

Right from the start, the viewer knows they are in for something truly bad with Zombie Strippers, as even the “elite military force” sent in to take out the initial spread of the virus takes acting to a whole new low. Unfortunately, it only gets worse from there, and, aside from a few moments reveling in the idiocy of the film, the viewer won’t find much to like about Zombie Strippers.

You may stick through the whole film, like I did, hoping against hope it will eventually improve, but let me save you the trouble. It doesn’t. Too cheesy for words, Zombie Strippers starts off so bad it’s good – and then goes downhill from there.

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