Monday, March 20, 2006

Chopper Chicks in Zombietown

--Reviewed by Lindy Loo

Plotline: A group of biker chicks swings into town only to bump into a mad-scientist/funeral director who's killing off people and turning them into zombies.

Scariness factor: Read the movie title again. Ok. One more time. You tell me--are you *thinking* it's scary based on that?

Gross-Out Factor: Blood. Rubberized heads. That's about the extent of the goriness.

Complaints: This movie wasn't intended to be any sort of masterpiece, so it's hard to complain about something that is happy to admit it wasn't striving for perfection in the first place. It is clearly inspired by the likes of Dead Alive, indulging in some mega-campiness and attempts at knee-slapping goofball humor. My biggest complaint, however, is the lack of zombie-action throughout most of this movie. I mean, it's "Zombietown" not "Peopletown." I could've used more zombies, dammit.

High Points: I am, of course, judging this movie on camp value and not on any actual horrory goodness, so bear that in mind. But if you're looking for a movie that isn't ashamed to put a midget, blind people, zombies, and biker chicks all in one scene, then this is the movie for you. This movie is so beyond terrible and beyond B-movie that it'd definitely be worth playing drinking games to at some random party. It's got terrible acting, fantastically bad one-liners, horrible horrible music (though I *did* keep thinking that if they ever remade this movie, Le Tigre would be the only band that could do a successful capturing of its spirit), and Billy Bob Thornton (but only for like 10 minutes or so). The plot rarely makes sense, but hell, if you've got terrible acting and fantastically bad one-liners, ain't that enough? Honestly though, this movie may be goofy, but the heroes of the day are a(n allegedly) bad-ass group of biker-chicks who are constantly being put down because they're women and frequently are met with the "sting" of being called bull-dykes, so it probably would make for an entertaining feminist reading (if no one has tackled it already). This would, of course, mean immediate expulsion from grad school though. =)

Overall: This movie is bad. No doubt about it. So keep that in mind with the rating. When I give it a C+/B-, it's all about the camp, babies. Do *NOT* go in expecting even the slightest scare. In the *real* world of horror movies, this would definitely get an F.

Grade: C+/B-

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