Zombie Strippers! (2008)

Director: Jay Lee
Starring: Jenna Jameson, Robert Englund, Roxy Saint, Carmit Levite, Penny Drake, Shamron Moore, Jeannette Sousa
IMDB: 4.5

With a title like Zombie Strippers it's pretty clear what you're in for. You either like zombies and strippers (along with the requisite blood and boobs), or you don't bother watching. For those who on careful consideration of the title decide it sounds like fun - then you're in for a treat.

Because the other things the title might bring to mind are - low budget, bad acting, and cheap effects. And on this score, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. This film seems to have been put together with a decent budget, by people who really know what they're doing in terms of giving the audience what they want.

So what's it all about? Well ... a government lab is working on a chemo-virus that re-animates dead flesh in order to provide more fighting bodies for the war. An infected victim escapes and ends up in a strip-bar, mayhem ensues. While this storyline may seem familiar, and to be honest its really just a flimsy plot device to justify the title, the idea of staging the outbreak in a strip-bar is a winner. The script is clever, funny, often tongue-in-cheek, and thankfully manages to avoid the inane predictability and lameness often seen in this kind of movie.

In comparison to similar entries in the genre - the acting was actually pretty good. The presence of Horror alumni Robert Englund adds cred to the cast, and Jenna Jameson played her part to perfection. Though I'll admit her role (as a stripper) is probably not the biggest of stretches for her, so lets also take a minute to congratulate the casting director. And besides, not everyone could pull off a strip-show caked in blood and decomposing flesh and still look hot doing it! Credit where credit is due.

It was also great to see Roxy Saint (as a gothic stripper, another wise casting choice) dancing to her own music. And speaking of which, the soundtrack was another well-chosen aspect of the movie. Odds are, fans of zombies and strippers will also enjoy the heavy/alternative music here. Crank it up! Of particular note is the track Choke by Kazy, its killer.

In conclusion, I rate this a solid 7/10 in the zombie genre. If you like the sound of the title, then you will not be disappointed. This may well be destined to become a cult classic in the mold of Evil Dead II, From Dusk til Dawn etc.



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