A fellow fan of the horror film, Ryne over at The Moon is a Dead World, posted an article today that actually made me laugh out loud (well, the article he wrote didn’t make me laugh, the subject matter he wrote about made me laugh.) It’s his take on an upcoming new release entitled “Zombie Strippers” starring none other than adult porn star, Jenna Jamison.
While I completely agree with Ryne that this movies pushes the cheese factor of cheesy B-ripoffs, I disagree in that I am disappointed in what the movie has to offer. Please allow me to explain.
When you take a porn star and make a stripper zombie movie, you have to expect that it will be of C or even Z-movie caliber, though it will probably be filmed with an A movie budget. Movies like this aren’t meant to be good. They are a graduation of porn in that it will not offer sex in the adult film sense, however it will offer scantily clad women acting loosely while questionable men drool over them openly. The zombie twist is to offer a story line with “substance,” for lack of a better word, that you would not normally find in the adult movie industry.
Zombie Strippers is a prime example of a sexploitation film. Sexploitation films are similar to softcore pornography in that the film serves largely as a vehicle for showing scenes involving nude or semi-nude women. While many of these films do contain vivid sex scenes, sexploitation usually shows these scenes more graphically than mainstream films without showing actual “sex.”
So knowing the above trivia wouldn’t it only make sense that this is the avenue a porn star would have take in wanting to break out of the genre and potentially hit the big screen? I would imagine they can never been taken seriously and they would only be cast in roles that would be too sleazy for A-list actors to accept.
Take a look at Traci Lords. She is notably the most well known “actress” from a porn past, and could actually be considered successful since breaking into Hollywood at the tender age of 18, after she had made her adult film fortune (I’m not so sure that is something to be proud of, but it is impressive from the audience side of the big screen.) My point in mentioning this is that her film career, albeit “successful,” is predominantly littered with an extensive B-movie repertoire.
I don’t know if I will watch “Zombie Strippers.” It will largely depend on HBO ever airing it, or maybe even Fearnet. All I do know is that it blows my mind that they plan on a theatrical release for this movie. I am willing to bet money it won’t be at any theater longer than a week.