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|Directed by||Jay Lee|
|Written by||Jay Lee|
|Music by||Billy White Acre|
|Edited by||Jay Lee|
Zombie Strippers is a 2008 American zombie comedy film shot, edited, written, and directed by Jay Lee. The film, starring Robert Englund, Jenna Jameson, Penny Drake, and Roxy Saint, was distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film is loosely based on Eugène Ionesco's classic play Rhinoceros.
The film opens with a news montage explaining that it is set in a dystopic near-future in which George W. Bush has been elected to a fourth term. The United States Congress has been disbanded; public nudity is banned; the United States is embroiled in wars with France, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Syria, Venezuela, Canada, and Alaska. With more wars than there are soldiers to fight them, a secret laboratory run by Dr. Chushfeld in fictional Sartre, Nebraska, has developed a virus to re-animate dead Marines and send them back into battle. However, this virus has broken containment and infected test subjects and scientists, and they are at risk of escaping the lab. A team of Marines code-named the "Z" Squad is sent in to destroy the zombies. One of the Marines named Byrdflough (Zak Kilberg) is bitten but escapes. He ends up in an alley outside an underground strip club named "Rhino". The Marine dies and awakens as a zombie who goes into the strip club.
"Rhino" is run by Ian Essko. A new stripper named Jessy has arrived at the club to save up enough money for her grandmother's operation. She is introduced to the club's star dancer, Kat. Kat begins her dance on the stage, but is attacked by Byrdflough. Essko is concerned about losing his best dancer, so he lets her go back on stage as a zombie. To everyone's surprise, Kat is a better and more popular dancer as a zombie than she was as a human.
The other strippers now find themselves faced with the prospect of losing their customers, as the customers prefer zombie strippers to human strippers. One by one, the human strippers become zombies, some by choice in order to compete or (in the case of Gothic rock stripper, Lillith) for fun. During private dances, the zombie strippers bite and kill their customers. Essko tries to keep the zombies hidden in a cage in the club's cellar, but eventually, the zombies escape and overrun the club. Kat and the underrated stripper Jeannie fight for supremacy. The remaining humans in the club struggle to survive until the "Z" Squad burst in to destroy the zombies. But they discover that the zombies were allowed to escape by the Bush Administration, in the hopes that the ensuing zombie plague would distract Americans from their gross mishandling of the war effort and the economy.
- Robert Englund as Ian Essko
- Jenna Jameson as Kat
- Roxy Saint as Lillith
- Penny Drake as Sox
- Joey Medina as Paco
- Whitney Anderson as Gaia
- Jennifer Holland as Jessy
- Shamron Moore as Jeannie
- Jeannette Sousa as Berengé
- Carmit Levite as Madame Blavatski
- Johnnny D. Hawkes as Davis
- Brad Milne as Dr. Chushfeld
- Zak Kilberg as Byrdflough
- Jen Alex Gonzalez as Lt. Ryker
- Tito Ortiz as Door Bouncer
The film received mixed reviews from critics. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes shows a 39% score, based on 62 reviews, with an average rating of 4.6/10. The site's consensus states: "Though intentionally campy, Zombie Strippers suffers from poor execution, and never rises above its silly premise." Metacritic reported an average score of 45 out of 100, based on 15 reviews.
It has been criticised as having poor production values, and poor execution, while recognizing its intentionally camp style and its attempt as a satire. Richard Roeper of Ebert & Roeper stated, "It looks terrible. It doesn't work as camp. It doesn't work as low budget crap", Dennis Harvey of Variety also called it a "one-joke pic". In contrast, Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter thought that there was something "perversely affecting" about this film, despite its "lame political satire".
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