Starring the gorgeous Jenna Jameson and Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund, Zombie Strippers is, from start to finish, a trashy, sexy, bloody mess of fun. Lee, usually a director of films you would see at Sundance, decided it was time to make a film that would appeal to a wider audience, and make him some cash at the same time. When he managed to snag Jameson for the lead role, Sony opened the purse strings and everything fell into place.
Need it actually be said that everyone else can safely sit this one out? Strewn with some surprisingly decent effects, this unevenly paced film delivers, if nothing else, on the promise of its title: lots of surgically enhanced nude dead women strutting their stuff. Though not nearly as clever as it aims to be, the film at least tries.
No matter what you think of this film you have to admit they don't go about trying to hide what they are all about. It is a mix of girls stripping and a b-movie zombie flick. There is no attempt to hide this is a bad film.
Overcome the monotony that pervades the first forty minutes and you may well find yourself lapping up the inventive gore and an unashamedly crowdpleasing plot From the blood-splattered beginning, deliberately bad dialogue and self-consciously corny acting demonstrate that Zombie Strippers is aiming at the 'so bad it's good' market. Special effects that look like they've been created in a teenager's bedroom on a Commodore C serve to reinforce the low budget feel, but the film initially lacks the respectful homage vibe of Robert Rodriguez's masterful Planet Terror. The plot, which unsurprisingly involves strippers being turned into zombies in a near-future America and little elsetakes too long to kick in and we're subjected to a series of extended poledancing scenes featuring a painfully thin Jenna Jameson gyrating in front of the baying punters.
When a secret government agency lets out a deadly chemo virus causing the reanimation of the dead, the first place to get hit is Rhino's, a hot underground strip club. As one of the strippers gets the virus, she turns into a supernatural, flesh-eating zombie stripper, making her the hit of the club. Do the rest of the girls fight the temptation to be like the star stripper, even if there is no turning back?
The film opens with a news montage explaining that it is set in the near future where the Bush administration has been elected to a fourth term, shut down the United States Congress, instituted a ban on public nudity, and is embroiled in a war with France, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Canada, and an independent Alaska. To support the war effort, a secret laboratory run by Dr. Chushfeld Brad Milne in Sartre, Nebraska has developed a virus to re-animate dead marines and send them back into battle.