WARNING!! THIS MOVIE CONTAINS ADULT CONTENT!!
In a world where women have turned into exhibitionist man-eaters, a small band of survivors must make their way to the safety of the West Coast. Along the way, they encounter hordes of ravenous half-dressed strippers. Will they survive, or be eaten alive by millions of pole dancing zombies? Starring Ben Sheppard, Maren McGuire, Jamison Challeen and Ileane Herrin. With special appearances by Daniel Baldwin, Linnea Quigley, Boyd Banks and Lloyd Kaufman and Thom Bray (Summary from www.amazon.com).
One of the more recent additions to the zombie genre are the stripper/zombie crossover movies. First we had Zombies, Zombies, Zombies and then we had the classic Zombie Strippers starring none other than Jenna Jameson. Now, we have 2011’s Stripperland which is a remake or reboot of Zombieland.
Each of these movies handles the strippers differently. In Zombie Strippers, the strippers are the zombies and are fast moving for the most part. There is a huge focus on the stripclub and strippers themselves. In Stripperland, every woman between the age of 18 and 40 has become a stripper and is devouring every man they encounter. Despite the title, there is not a ton of gratuitous nudity, just women wearing revealing clothing (yes, there are some exceptions). The film focuses on the comedy aspect more than anything.
Stripperland is a zombie comedy film that documents the adventures of a wanna-be cowboy, an extremely, extremely annoying young man, a stripper in disguise, and a tough-as-nails survivor girl. They are traveling through Oregon and aiming to reach the coast, where the two girl’s “Grambo” lives. In their path lies the home of the largest population of strippers prior to the infection: Portland, Oregon.
Is this the greatest movie ever made? No way. The CGI is horrible when it comes to the bloodsplatter and gore. It is unbelievably bad looking. There are some spots where the acting is very thin also. There is a huge dependence on one liners which, during some scenes, just come across as flat and forced. Luckily the film has enough promise to push past the bad elements.
The references to other horror movies, both in genre and out, are amazing and very well crafted. During my viewing, I picked up on references to The Evil Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Night of the Living Dead, Zombieland (it’s a given), Shaun of the Dead, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Jaws, and so many more. This definitely added to the fun of the film. Casting Boyd Banks as a pimp who quotes Captain Quint’s shark speech from Jaws was an exceptional touch. Banks starred in Zack Snyder’s 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead.
The interaction between the cast was hilarious. The annoying young man (Idaho) had to be the nerdiest, most clueless human being ever. When our band of survivors were traveling in a vehicle with him, they each imagined killing him just to make him shut up. Just like in Zombieland, this guy carries around a book of rules and spends great energy in communicating these rules to everyone. The best scene was when he started to tell another rule to West (the tough girl) who interrupts him to say: “Rule #55: You’re an idiot”.
During the scenes where there is a focus on the practical effects, the injuries and gore look pretty convincing. Whether it’s yards of intestines, eyeballs being gouged out and devoured, or flesh wounds from machetes, the physical injury was very well crafted. The CGI blood that would spray from the wounds is the only thing that detracted from the violent scenarios. During a scene with a chainsaw (as in Leatherface’s Dance of the Chainsaw), the fake blood was probably applied using a firehose.
If you are looking for a fun movie where not many things are kept sacred, this is the one for you. Will every viewer appreciate this movie? Not at all. If you are able to look for the fun and gore, then you will have some fun with it.
What do you think about this crossover genre? Is the zombie genre “jumping the shark”?
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