Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!: Strippers vs. Zombies (2008) (USA)
The plot of this movie can be summed up briefly: zombies besiege a group of strippers and hookers in a strip club. I'm glad I can do that in so few words so I can move on to what to me is a more interesting topic: a comparison with the last movie I reviewed, Zombie Strippers. I figured, why not try to cover the sub-sub-genre of zombie stripper movies all at once? The films are night and day as far as the tone is concerned. In Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!, almost everybody likes everybody, except for a pimp, Johnny "Backhand" Vegas (Anthony Headen), and even he's played for humor and likeability. Other than some macho posturing between the pimp and the brother of one of the strippers (Sean Harriman), everyone pretty much comes together to fight the zombie menace. This contrasts greatly with Zombie Strippers, in which the strippers are in such rivalry with each other that they willingly become zombies to increase their stage time. Interestingly, despite these differences, the personalities of the various strippers are still stretched between the two stripper archetypes: the innocent newcomer and the jaded star. In Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! these are embodied in Harley (Hollie Winnard, who you may have seen first on Beauty and the Geek), and Dakota (Playboy Playmate Jessica Barton), respectively.
While Zombie Strippers seems to be trying to say a lot, Z!3 doesn't take itself seriously at all. Whenever there's any conflict between living characters, it's almost perfunctory, which I admit could be as easily ascribed to bad acting as to trying to keep the tone light. Nevertheless, the end result is that Z!3 is mindless fun. There's also less actual stripping in Z!3 than in Zombie Strippers, which, depending on what you're looking for, could make things better or worse.
Z!3 takes almost no chances, banking on the stripper theme to bring in the viewers. All the characters are likeable but forgettable, and when they died in the movie, I just gave a mental shrug, since that's what happens in movies like these. It was written well enough to be fleetingly entertaining in parts, and the production values were solid except for some cheesy CGI, but this film didn't really have anything going for it other than T&A.