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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
18
Cast
Jenna Jameson
Robert Englund
Roxy Saint
Joey Medina.
Directors
Jay Lee.
Screenwriters
Jay Lee.
Running Time
94 minutes

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Zombie Strippers
Tits! Ass! Braaaains!


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Plot
A secret US government chemo-virus is unleashed that causes the dead to be re-animated. When a soldier is infected he stumbles into an underground strip club, unwittingly unleashing a horde of undead erotic dancers who become an instant - but deadly - local sensation...


Review
Zombie Strippers

A curious addition to this year’s anti-war movies, Zombie Strippers (alternative title: In The Valley Of Jenna?) starts with a Dubya administration-produced “super-soldier” virus infecting the dancing ladies of a downtown gentlemen’s club. It ends with Jenna Jameson shooting a bowling ball out of her zombiefied vagina. Which makes it instantly more entertaining than Lions For Lambs, at the very least.


Fans of Jameson - the “Queen Of Porn”, whose multi-million-dollar empire marks her out as a smarter operator than titles like Udderly Ridiculous would suggest - will be impressed. Surprisingly solid in a rare vertical role, she anchors the bloody, nudie nonsense with an engaging turn, both on the pole and off. In fact, it’s the backstage scenes that work best: when Jameson is consumed by the zombie-lurgy, her aggressively saucy new routine sees punters flocking in, causing arch dressing-room rivalry with her colleagues that recalls the best of the high camp of Showgirls, minus its deluded sense of wit.


With his new zombie star raking in the big bucks, but also unfortunately munching on the genitals of those clients foolish enough to ask for a private show, Robert Englund’s club owner conceals a growing pile of re-animated corpses in the cellar, while upstairs the girls - in a bid to keep pace with Jameson - offer themselves up to her infectious bite. It’s an interesting idea and a knowing observation of the pressures on many women in Hollywood to go under the knife just to stay in a cutthroat race... Plus, it has loads of really massive tits in it.


It’s this fatal dichotomy that ultimately undermines Zombie Strippers. Torn between knowing and norks - a prerequisite given the audience the title will attract - it doesn’t adequately deliver on either, a one-note script and godawful direction instead delivering monotonous, putrefied pole-dancing and laboured laughs. Factor in a borderline offensive and clunkingly telegraphed subplot featuring the club’s fabled “face dance”, as well as a predictable zombie stripper “fanny-off” in the final reel, and Lee’s postage-stamp plot lurches to an unsatisfactory climax. Ironic, considering.


Verdict
A brilliantly high-concept title and some decent gore aside, you’re better off watching the version in your head. It will be infinitely more fun and have markedly improved production values.


Reviewed by Mark Dinning

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RE: Zombie Strippers

pure trash but its got some funny moments which prevent it getting the one star ... More

Posted by Worldz at 17:19, 22 January 2009 | Report This Post


When I started reviewing movies as a little hobby it was always to my rules and my selections. Unfortunately I couldn’t get any pre-advanced screeners so I could be the first to review them, but ultimately I could choose what to review and give my tenpennyworth. Unfortunately most movie reviewers don’t get that luxury having to watch some of the most god-awful movies put to them by their editors. I often wonder what this must be like, knowing that your going to be forced to watch a m... More

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Posted by gepete80 at 10:42, 23 December 2008 | Report This Post


RE: zombie strippers

Like marzipan and smoked mackeral the title of this film contains two of my favorite things that sound like they dont go well together ... More

Posted by borstal at 10:28, 02 October 2008 | Report This Post


RE: zombie strippers

ain't seen it yet but probably will. something about the title that appeals to me ... More

Posted by kargon at 08:49, 02 October 2008 | Report This Post


You don’t need to be a genius to figure this one out. Zombies, strippers – the title really gives it away, doesn’t it. I couldn’t decide if this was pure b-movie homage or just pure crap. The central idea works well enough (showgirls eat punters in strip joint with boobs out), and Jenna Jameson is inspired casting, but once you’ve seen the same joke for the THIRD time it’s getting pretty thin. Strangely, it’s the opening scenes with the red neck comm... More

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Posted by rupert303 at 13:28, 21 September 2008 | Report This Post


You don’t need to be a genius to figure this one out. Zombies, strippers – the title really gives it away, doesn’t it. I couldn’t decide if this was pure b-movie homage or just pure crap. The central idea works well enough (showgirls eat punters in strip joint with boobs out), and Jenna Jameson is inspired casting, but once you’ve seen the same joke for the THIRD time it’s getting pretty thin. Strangely, it’s the opening scenes with the red neck comm... More

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Posted by rupert303 at 13:27, 21 September 2008 | Report This Post



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