out of Five
Running time: 90
Enjoyable horror comedy that delivers on the promise of the title, aided by some decent effects and a witty script.
What's it all about?
Set in a terrifying future where George Bush has just been elected to a fourth term, Zombie Strippers begins in a science lab, where an experiment to create reanimated super-soldiers has gone wrong and zombies are running amok. A crack military unit is called in to take all the zombies out but one soldier gets bitten and escapes to the underground strip club next door, where he promptly infects head stripper Kat (ex-porn star Jenna Jameson).
However, being turned into a zombie unexpectedly invigorates Kat's routine and the punters are soon yelling for more, much to the joy of greedy club owner Ian Essko (Robert Englund) and the dismay of the other strippers (including Roxy Saint and Jeannette Sousa). Soon, the other girls decide they want to be zombie strippers too and Essko turns a blind eye to the piles of reanimated corpses so long as the money keeps rolling in.
If you're going to see a film called Zombie Strippers, you probably only care about two things: gory zombie effects and copious nudity. Happily, Zombie Strippers delivers on both (the digital trickery is especially good) and even throws some political commentary into the bargain.
The acting is surprisingly good, considering all the characters are stereotypes and thinly-drawn caricatures (the Mexican janitor suffers particularly badly in this regard). Similarly the script has some unexpectedly surreal gags: a zombified Kat reading Nietzsche and declaring that it makes much more sense now she's dead; bizarre references to playwright Eugene Ionesco (Ian Essko, the Rhino Club); and some oddly incongruous film references ("Badgers? We don't need no stinking badgers!").
Unfortunately, the film's not quite as funny as it should have been. It also makes surprisingly little use of the zombie-grasp-ripping-someone's-clothes-off gag.
If you like movies about zombies and strippers, then Zombie Strippers is worth catching with an audience on its limited theatrical release before the DVD comes out.
Zombie Strippers (18)