Saturday, June 30, 2012

Nudity and Gags Abound in Zombies Vs. Strippers: A Movie Review

*full disclosure: an online screener of this film was provided by Full Moon Features.

Director: Alex Nicolaou.

Wriers: Nick Francomano, Alex Nicolaou, and Kent Roudebush.

Cast: Jonathan Erickson Eisley, Eve Mauro, Circus-Szalewski, Brad Potts, Leroy Patterson, and Michael Cassidy.

Zombies vs. Strippers is the latest film production from the Los Angeles based Full Moon Features. This film should not be confused with Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! aka Strippers vs. Zombies (2008) or Zombie Strippers (2008) or Strippers vs. Werewolves (2012) or the upcoming Strippers vs. Vampires (2013). Yes, these are all actual films. Zombies vs Strippers does not really separate itself from these other films as the focus here is on creating campy fun. That fun comes through in the silly dialogue, strange action scenes and over-the-top caricatures.

The Tough Titty is a strip bar that is going out of business. The Tough Titty is seemingly located in an abandoned industrial park. So, when the zombie apocalypse kicks off, the bar and its inhabitants are safe for the moment. Eventually, the undead come knocking and the owner, Spider (Circus-Szalewski), is trying to capitalize on desperate survivors. A $300 cover charge seems a little extreme.

Spider begins to recoup his losses on this dive bar, but his life is threatened as more and more patrons become zombies. And, the undead don't tip well. Thus, Spider enlists the help of his lovely dancers including: Vanilla (Brittany Gael Vaughn), Sugar Hills (Eve Mauro) and Bambi (Victoria Levine) to fight off the growing hordes. They use their high heels to bloody effect. It is just too bad that their nudity has no effect on those lumbering bodies.

This reviewer is becoming familiar with the Full Moon Feature formula. After seeing films such as The Dead Want Women and Killer Eye: Halloween Haunt, you know that a Full Moon Feature will have many of the female cast disrobed at some point. There will also be gore. These features are usually light on budget and scenes are kept in one locale. All of these elements can be found in Zombies vs. Strippers. This might make you cheer or jeer depending on your film taste.

So, Zombies vs. Strippers is meant as pure entertainment. This and other Full Moon Feature films are meant as a light distraction from the daily grind of life. These films can be amusing and there is something darkly hilarious in seeing a stripper's face peeled away by a zombie bite (above). The dialogue is not full of prose and interactions in these films usually involve sexuality or some petty conniving. In other words, Zombies vs. Strippers is light on the lobes and possibly a tease on the funny bone.

In the end, Zombies vs. Strippers is light-hearted fun spent in a zombie apocalypse. As well, much of the cast is disrobed and the conflicts are juvenile, but the writers will tease a well set-up joke here and there to keep viewers on their toes. Sexuality abounds and the violence is displayed in a campy way. This film will not sit with you long. However, as a film snack, it is tasty and most viewers will feel satiated at the end of this comedic production.

Overall: 6.75 out of 10 (the characters are really caricatures, the lighting is a little dark, some comedic bits, lots of nudity and the dialogue is not heavy).

*this title will release July 10th on DVD.

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