The Bush (Jr.) Administration has done away with The United States as we know it. Just elected to its 4th term (With Arnold Schwarzenegger as Vice), they have disbanded Congress, banned public nudity,and entered into wars with most of the world. Faced with a situation in which there are not enough soldiers, a re-animation virus is developed in a government laboratory. The virus breeches containment of course, and soon the entire laboratory is overrun with zombies. A team of marines is sent in to gain control; one is bitten and later dies inside a strip club named Rhino. When he awakes as a zombie he bites Kat, the star dancer, who is transformed into the walking dead – and becomes a better and more popular stripper than when she was alive. The rest of the girls come to realize that they will have to transform as well, or face the prospect of losing all their customers to Kat.
Written and directed by Jay Lee (Star Chicks, The Slaughter), Lee puts out an innovative and hilarious movie that received mixed reviews upon its release, and I am pleased that I gave it a shot. I was among the viewers who enjoyed the Bush satire a lot and enthused that Lee didn’t keep the zombie women hot, which is what I was expecting. On the contrary, as the film progresses the strippers become more and more corpse like. The patrons are a bit surprised at first but are soon huge fans of the zombie strippers and once there are a few of them, the club is a scene of absolute hedonism.
The violence is nice and gory, and often hilarious. The comedy is VERY silly, and had me wishing I had a few of my friends around to laugh with. There are a few instances when Lee attempts to show the parallels between philosophy and the ridiculous. The first time we see Kat (porn star, Jenna Jameson) she is reading from” The Complete Works of Frederick Nietzsche.” After she is dead she says “it makes so much sense now”. Obviously a shot at Nietzsche, but can be looked at in a number of other ways as well. I would suspect that he attempted to cut such a zany atmosphere with just the right amount of intelligence, and I though he succeeded nicely.
Kat still displays astounding talent even when dead so the club’s owner, Ian Essko (Robert Englund), lets her dance as opposed to losing his best girl. That first performance as a zombie is one of the top five scenes I have watched in a long time. Not the simple gyrating, ass shaking, standard stripper fare; but a very deliberate, engaging performance with her face, breasts, and hair streaked with blood. Not to mention the scorching track written by Billy White Acre. She maintains this sinister vibe throughout, becoming more evil and demonic with each following scene. Keep an eye out at the climax of the film (a girl on girl zombie fight) for her “weapon”. Absolutely hilarious!
This brings me to Lillith (portrayed by musician, Roxy Saint); she is the Goth of the group. I wasn’t really expecting her to develop quite as powerfully a she did. She was one of those characters that I didn’t even notice at first, and BOOM she just came up and blindsided me. She also enjoys a bit of the spotlight in a scene with Englund that had me in fits with laughter. The role of the greedy, dirt-bag club owner fit Robert Englund well even if his performance was very subdued, and he just doesn’t dig very deep to present the audience with a defined character. The potential was there, the acting was not.
I must say, this flick was a lot more fun than I had anticipated. I have grown tired of the plethora of zombie related movies, and this one was a refreshing romp. The stripper premise had me a little worried that Lee would have us looking at the nudity, so we wouldn’t see how bad a movie he wrote, I was pleasantly surprised to say the least. If campy humor, scantily clad zombie chicks, and a scorching soundtrack are your thing, then this is the movie for you!
The director must have been as impressed with Roxy Saint as I was, as he shot and directed her video that you can see here:
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