With its thong planted firmly between its cheeks, the aptly titled horror comedy Zombie Strippers first strutted onto home video in late 2008 only a few short days before Election Day. Normally, the aforementioned fact would have little to no significance whatsoever — but, seeing as how the movie took a lot of punches at the Bush administration, Zombie Strippers managed to date itself in a matter of days.
Having seen the same old tired trailer for Zombie Strippers on other Sony DVD titles for almost an entire year before the film’s video release, I must confess that what little interest I initially had in the movie (which was minuscule at best) vanished rather quickly. Frankly, the whole thing seemed like a bad rip-off of Robert Rodriguez’ Planet Terror. But, after finally working some time into my schedule to sit down and watch it, I can safely say that Zombie Strippers is much worse than that (and I liked Planet Terror, by the way).
The premise of the film has a top secret group of commandos that are called into a lab to eliminate all of the zombies that have since overrun the place. Turns out that the new plan from “CheneyCo” to reanimate dead soldiers so that they may keep fighting just isn’t working the way anyone anticipated — to which a newbie commando (named Byrdflough) is bitten. Escaping from his teammates (who will undoubtedly kill him to prevent the virus from spreading), Byrdflough winds up in a strip joint called The Rhinoceros Club (the first of many, many references to existentialist plays and writings), where he kills silicon-laden stripper Kat (Jenna Jameson).
Before you know it, Kat is back on her undead feet and ready to dance — and the shocked, oversexed (and seemingly rich) members of the audience are so overcome by her that she becomes a hit. Soon, the other strippers in the club are asking to be zombified, and Rhinoceros’s sleazy owner Ian (a very hammy Robert Englund) doesn’t seem to mind as long as they bring in the dough. But how many zombie victims can one hide in the basement until they start breaking out and eating everyone?