Zombie Strippers (+ BD Live) [Blu-ray] (2008)

Actors: Jenna Jameson, Robert Englund, Roxy Saint, Penny Drake, Whitney Anderson
Jay Lee
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
Cantonese, English, French, Korean, Spanish
Aspect Ratio:
Number of discs:
Sony Pictures
Run Time:
94 minutes



Zombie Strippers features two genre favorites (even though they're two pretty much different genres): Robert Englund played Freddy Kruger in all those Nightmare on Elm Street movies.

Jenna Jameson played the girl who opened her legs in all those porno movie samples you secretly downloaded from the Internet that you hoped your parents will never find out about . . .

In a near future in which George W. Bush is elected for his fourth consecutive term as U.S. president, an elite military squad is sent to clean up a U.S. government where an escaped virus has caused everyone working there to be turned into cannibal zombies. The squad contain the virus, except that a zombie has bitten one of them (and you know what that means in a zombie movie). The hapless soldier escapes to a strip joint next door (where else?) where he in turn infects one of the strippers (Jenna Jameson), but not before the audience is treated to some prime strip-dancing and silicone-enhanced nudity.

So far, so cool. (Except maybe for the now-redundant Bush bashing, but hey, it's fun and the whole family can join in!) However the movie simply drags on for too long. The strippers become flesh-rotting zombies and somehow become even more popular with the punters in the process (who could have thought that necrophilia was so big?). Thus the strip-joint owner keeps them on even though they cannibalize the clientele instead of giving them lap dances.

Of course we're not supposed to take anything seriously, but the attempts at humor are mostly a hit and miss affair. Some of the campy acting will also have you groan aloud and some gags were stolen straight from Simpsons and South Park episodes. (Jenna Jameson shoots billiard balls out of her vagina - now just where did we see that before?) Some jokes do work (we loved all the unexpected Nietzsche stuff) however, so it isn't a complete and utter waste of time, but still. The movie is never as funny as it thinks it is, and neither is it as consistently funny as one would hope . . .

THE DISC: Like a few other Blu-ray discs (we're looking at you here, Spider-man trilogy!) this Blu-ray disc takes a gazillion years to load on my Sony Blu-ray BDP-S300 disc player.

Proponents of the new format ? probably Sony Corporation stooges - will say that I need to install the latest firmware, but hey, why put a product out there if it wasn't all right to start out with? Why all the upgrades? This isn't Windows Vista, fer crying out load!

Anyway, why you'd want this movie in HD is a bit of a mystery as this low-budget was filmed on video and looks pretty cheesy to begin with and there is nothing much that a 1920 x 1080p full resolution high-definition picture transfer can really do to improve it.

By the way, we're not entirely convinced that the uniform new menu structure for Blu-ray discs are all that fantastic either - it's not as if you needed a degree in rocket science to navigate old-fashioned DVD menus you know.

WORTH IT? Not as bad (nor as good) as its title might suggest, Zombie Strippers is a one-joke movie and that joke gets pretty thin, pretty quick.

RECOMMENDATION: It has everything you would expect of a movie with such a title and has loads of gratuitous (and pleasing) female nudity as well as OTT gore and violence. So if you're in the market for something that's more of a grindhouse flick than Death Proof ever was, then Zombie Strippers might just be worth a rental for you.

You can say that a man who is tired of zombie movies is tired of life, and the same goes for a man who is tired of movies with strippers in them. (The statement is thus doubly true for someone who is tired of movies with zombies and strippers in them.) But I dunno . . .


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