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Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!
cast: Lyanna Tumaneng, Sean Harriman, Jessica Barton, and Anthony Headen

director: Jason Murphy

80 minutes (18) 2008
widescreen ratio 16:9
Revolver DVD Region 2 retail
[released 6 October]

RATING: 2/10
reviewed by Ian Sales
Studios use taglines to market films. They're intended to sum up the plot and tone of the movie, to give the audience an idea of what to expect. The 'strippers vs. zombies' tagline of Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! serves double duty, giving a pré�cis of the film's plot and defining the interests of its target audience.

The film opens with a couple standing outside a building - she's carrying ice-skates, he's called Coach, and they're attacked by zombies. Coach is quickly overwhelmed, but she fights back using her skates as weapons. Close-ups of the blades meeting flesh appear to be inflicted on papier-mâché heads. The camera pulls back... to reveal that it's a film showing on a television set (apparently this section was shown in 3D at cinemas). There's not much that's witty or postmodern about opening a zombie movie with a clip from a rubbish zombie movie. But at least it sets the tone for what follows.

A scientist working on a cancer cure accidentally mixes that with a cure for crack addiction, and gives the resulting mixture to an addict. Who then gives some of it to a prostitute in payment for 'services rendered' in the car park of the Grindhouse strip club, and... Why bother? The tagline tells you everything you need to know. There's a bit of the obligatory 'social commentary' - the tough-as-nails stripper everyone hates tells the young na�f that strippers accept the degradation because it pays well. But like all the dialogue in the movie, it's hardly delivered with conviction.

True to form, there's a lap-dance - interrupted, of course, when a zombie attacks. The special effects and make-ups are on a par with 1980s' horror movies. Some of the film is plainly meant to be comedy (social commentary, notwithstanding), especially the part where Chris (Sean Harriman) and Dallas (Lyanna Tumaneng) fight off a zombie attack with a chainsaw and a strimmer. The final twist, which sees the zombies explode messily into badly composited droplets of CGI blood after being 'cured', seems no more than appropriate.

Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! does exactly what it says on the tin. It's a low budget horror comedy. It's about a group of strippers fighting zombies. If you expect anything different when sliding the disc into your player, you'll be sorely disappointed. (It's also included in horror DVD boxset 'Rise Of The Flesheaters'.)

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