Stripped to Kill

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Stripped to Kill
Stripped to kill poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Katt Shea
Produced by Mark Byers
Roger Corman
Written by Andy Ruben
Katt Shea
Starring Greg Evigan
Kay Lenz
Norman Fell
Pia Kamakahi
Tracy Crowder
Music by John O'Kennedy
Cinematography John LeBlanc
Edited by Zach Staenberg
Bruce Stubblefield
New Concorde
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • March 20, 1987 (1987-03-20)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Stripped to Kill is a 1987 erotic thriller/sexploitation film, it was directed by Katt Shea, and stars Greg Evigan, Kay Lenz & Norman Fell.[1]


The movie is about a female detective who is forced to go undercover as a stripper in order to investigate a murder.


The film was inspired by a visit Katt Shea and her husband and writing partner Andy Ruben made to a strip club.[2]

"I didn't want to go because I felt it was humiliating to women," recalls Shea. "But I finally got myself there. I sat down and began watching these acts and they're performing as if they really cared."[3]

Shea later elborated:

Before I did STRIPPED TO KILL you had never seen a girl dancing on a pole, no one had ever seen that in a movie, to my knowledge. Girls swinging around on a pole--that had not been done yet. So I think that was spectacular; it was crazy, it was wild. This is how it happened. I went to a strip club for the first time in my life and I saw a girl swinging around on a pole and I thought, ‘Oh my god this has got to be in a movie!’ I mean, nobody knows this goes on except a bunch of guys with dollar bills, so it just had to be exploited, I guess. I thought they were very artistic and I just loved the girls, they were real artists and they were just using this particular venue to explore their art.[4]

She took the idea to Roger Corman for whom she had made a number of movies as an actor. Corman says he liked the basic idea but questioned the believability of a scene where a man went undercover as a stripper. Shea brought in a female impersonator to see Corman and had him describe to the producer who to pretend to be a stripper. "He [Corman] turned every shade," recalls Shea. "He was purple by the end. But then he said yes."[3]


Kay Lenz complained publicly about the film's editing and "exploitative" ad campaign aimed at the print media.[5]


The film was a hit and led to a sequel, shot on the same set as Dance of the Damned. The sequel was also directed by Shea who took her name off because of Corman's editing interference.[2]


  1. ^ A Conversation with Katt Shea
  2. ^ a b Chris Nashawaty, Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen and Candy Stripe Nurses - Roger Corman: King of the B Movie, Abrams, 2013 p 199 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "chris" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  3. ^ a b How 'Poison Ivy' Got Its Sting: The studio wanted a teen-age 'Fatal Attraction.' Katt Shea's movie may be more than that. 'Poison Ivy': Art or Exploitation? By LAURIE HALPERN BENENSON. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 03 May 1992: 70.
  4. ^ "Director Katt Shea talks about her 1980's Roger Corman produced films" TV Store Online 3 Feb 2015 accessed 21 April 2015
  5. ^ With reports from Stephen Galloway., Frank Swertlow. "HOLLYWOOD FREEWAY - KAY LENZ UPSET ABOUT CORMAN'S 'DECEPTION'." Daily News of Los Angeles (CA) 9 Jul. 1987, Valley, L.A. LIFE: L20. NewsBank. Web. 23 Feb. 2013.

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