Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Icons: Jenna Jameson and Robert Englund in Zombie Strippers (Sony)
By Alexander Bennett
The title alone to this film caught my eye, Zombie Strippers! Sounds like something that would be pretty funny to see and, hey I love zombie movies so this should be great I thought. This movie is definitely not one to take the family to or for the faint of heart. I'm not sure if raunchy even begins to describe it. When I saw that it was staring porn star Jenna Jameson I knew I was in for it, but I had no idea that it would be as bad as it was. I wasn't prepared for zombie boobs!
Zombie Strippers (playing exclusively at Pacific Gaslamp Theaters) certainly was an experience to remember. I'm just still not sure if it was a good one or not. Director, writer, and cinematographer Jay Lee takes us into his twisted vision of the near future where Bush is taking his fourth term as President; the U.S. is at war with more nations than you can count; and crowds are cheering to see undead super strippers! I never thought sex and zombies could go hand in hand, but here it has been done. In the search for better soldiers, the U.S. creates a serum that can reanimate the dead soldiers so they can fight again. This doesn't go so well though because the reanimated troops are highly aggressive and want to feast on your flesh. Oops! Looks like we got zombies on hand now. That's where Z-squad comes in to get rid of the problem. But while eliminating the "problem," one of the human squad members gets infected and escapes before his squad buddies can take out. He makes his way to a local strip joint, Rhinos, and mauls one of the performers infecting her. It is here we infuse sex with the grotesque. As the stripper Kat (played by Jenna Jameson) reanimates the story really begins to go downhill. As she continues to dance and drives the masses wild, the competition to be the better stripper begins. Kat dazzles patrons and then selects a lucky -- or so he thinks -- patron to go into the back room, where she devours him. Afterward they themselves become zombies adding to the problems.
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