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Saturday, October 18, 2008

"Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!" review

Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! (2008)

Director: Jason Murphy
Writers: Anthony Steven Giordano

Jessica Barton ... Dakota
Hollie Winnard ... Harley
Lyanna Tumaneng ... Dallas
Sean Harriman ... Chris
Anthony Headen ... Johnny 'BackHand' Vegas
Tiffany Shepis ... Tiffany
Juliet Reeves ... Pandora

A mad scientist creates a batch of zombie crack which will cure disease and turn hookers into the undead. A bunch of strippers head over to the all night diner after work only to run into a group of surly prostitutes. As they debate who are the bigger sluts, some of the working girls take a hit off of the zombie crack pipe. It doesn't take long before the hookers break out with a case of the munchies and start chomping on people's jugular veins. The rest of the movie has the strippers running back to hide at the strip club, (The Grind House), and battling zombies zombies zombies.

Zombies and strippers. That pretty much sums up the commercial appeal of "Zombies Zombies Zombies". It worked on me. I also knew that Tiffany Shepis was in it which is another automatic draw for me. But her role lasted for less than five minutes and there was no Shepis nudity. This was slightly disappointing but not completely surprising. Shepis is now getting to that stage where she can crank out a B-movie star cameo whenever she wants. Five minutes of Shepis will sell any zombie movie. Of this there can be no doubt.

"Zombies Zombies Zombies" has all of the B-movie elements I love. It has strippers, zombies, nudity, blood and guts. So why don't I like the movie more than I do? This movie should have been a lot more fun than it was. Half of the movie is spent listening to the denizens of the strip club argue and yell at each other. Nothing brings a B-movie party to a halt faster than listening to pointless bickering between the hot women. Why not have a scene where one stripper is giving a lap dance to a zombie and then grinds straight through his rotting corpse lap? Or how about a scene where the stripper swings around the stage pole and performs stripper jujitsu on any zombie who climbs on stage? Anything would be preferable than listening to these people screech back and forth at each other.

But any movie set in a strip club has to be good on some level. This is a movie law which cannot be broken. There are a couple of topless scenes and some zombie hooker gore scenes. The best stripper would have to be Hollie Winnard who had the naughty schoolgirl, (with pigtails), routine for her stripping set. She also should be singled out because she was one of the few strippers who actually lost any clothes! The star of the show, Dallas, did not bother to strip which irks me to no end.

That's what stops "Zombies Zombies Zombies" from becoming a classic B-flick. It doesn't have the guts to go all the way with the sleazy subject matter. It's content to just plod along and do the bare minimum of what's expected from a zombie vs stripper movie. It also doesn't help their cause that the great exploitation flick "Zombie Strippers" just came out in theaters. Jenna Jameson and friends blow this movie away. But if you're in desperate need for another helping of zombies and strippers battling it out, it may be worth a look.

SCORE: 2 out of 4 girls girls girls

8 comments:

thebonebreaker said...

I actually enjoyed all of the bantering in this film - I thought that the dialogue was very funny and well written.

I disagree that Zombie Strippers is better - I feel the exact opposite - but to each his own, right :-)

I do agree that there should have been way more nudity in a film dealing with stippers! ;-)

Greg B. said...

I met those 2 blonds at Screamfest this weekend. I haven't seen the movie, but from reading your review, I will remedy that.

Dr. Gore (drgore@hotmail.com) said...

Nice work on meeting the zombie killing strippers. But were they dressed in character and drenched in blood? You really need to get the whole effect. If the one stripper was in her school girl outfit and wearing pig tails, I would have ran out and rented it that day.

Dr. Gore (drgore@hotmail.com) said...

Bonebreaker,

Needed more nudity for sure. But I would also argue it needed a little more of everything. Blood, guts, stripper sleaze etc.

Speaking of stripper sleaze, "Zombie Strippers" is great. I had a blast watching it. Maybe it was being in a big theater with other like-minded B-movie fans that made it special. It was either that or Jenna Jameson's four star strip tease. Oh Dallas, why were you so shy?

Soiled Sinema said...

I think this film tried too hard to fill in the anarchic department.

the sneering (homo-phobic) snob said...

dr. gore, any film that is filled with gorgeous sexy young girls, and is called "Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!" is a great film by definition.

Dr. Gore (drgore@hotmail.com) said...

You'd think that would be true wouldn't you? I was under the same impression. It had all of the elements necessary for a fun Saturday night. But alas, they chose to have the ladies bickering when they should have been stripping. Arguing when they should have been lap dancing. Complaining when they should have been killing, etc.

Dizzee said...

was good for such a low budget film.
The girls were great.. I can only assume all the guys agree hence why they want to see more!