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ZOMBIE WOMEN OF SATAN (2010)

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ZOMBIE WOMEN OF SATAN (2010)

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The Buzz:

     As if you couldn't tell from the title alone, Zombie Women of Satan is an exploitation movie, pure and simple. In the great tradition of nudie gore flicks from the '60s and '70s, this film takes a depraved burlesque troupe, a mad scientist, and a bevy of lingerie-clad undead and combines them into a whirlwind of blood, boobs, and British accents. Much like an actual burlesque show, the film blends a bit of comedy, a dash of danger, and a lot of self-aware sexuality to create some completely over-the-top situations you won't see anywhere else.

 

 

Life of the Party (Positives):

     The beginning of the film starts out slowly, as we're introduced to our stage performer heroes, consisting of a knife-throwing clown, a cowboy Master of Ceremonies, a rock singer, a midget, and a mute stuntman who looks amazingly similar to Chris Hemsworth in Thor (a little something for the ladies, I assume). Eventually, the team gets trapped inside the compound of a mysterious sex cult that uses its shapely female members as test subjects for a reanimation serum. There's a subplot involving the singer's sister being a cult member, some insane family drama, yada yada yada, but the purpose of this movie is to sling one liners while wielding chainsaws and covering half-naked women in gallons of fake blood, which this movie does consummately well. Once the madcap action eventually starts, it basically never lets up until the very end.

     In the heyday of drive-in exploitation, brutality and gore were used as convenient substitutes for showing explicit sex, and ZWoS follows this tried-and-true strategy of combining sex, violence, and gross-out humor into a single package. The filmmakers basically figured that if a phalanx of zombies are going to be charging at the heroes, then why not make them sexy, topless zombies? The overall effect of this is that despite buckets of sex and violence, the fact that a scene never has one element without the other actually tempers the maximum level of depravity, while enhancing the comedic value of the whole. Only audiences with no sense of humor at all will be made uncomfortable by anything in this film, because the goofy combinations of nudity, gore, and impropriety turn what might have “gone too far” into something comedic.

 

Potential Hangovers (Negatives):

     The film is aware of itself, which is good, as it plays the genre for laughs. Unfortunately, the characters can be a bit annoying as a result of their own personal “self-awareness.” The burlesque aesthetic is a theater of the bizarre, an attempt to push artistic and societal boundaries for its own sake. In real life, nobody likes That Guy who's weird just to be weird, but these characters are all That Guy. Several scenes consist of banter between the different characters, in which everybody is trying to prove that they're more rude, random, or raunchy than all the others in a display of hipsterish one-up-manship. It's not that the actors are too wacky, they all turn in quality performances, it's the characters themselves that have the problem. This is ultimately a minor annoyance, as although they start out as unlikeable characters, the demands of the zombie attack eventually make them cease their posturing and get serious.

The Vibe:

     To enjoy this film, the audience must have an appreciation for what exploitation means as a genre. If buckets of blood, scantily clad babes, and a tongue-in-cheek attitude sound more stupid than fun, it's not for you. It's also not ideal for a large party situation due to the constant nudity, which may be a distraction to some.

     On the other hand, have you ever wanted to see a clown get attacked by a topless paraplegic zombie firing acid from her nipples? Well, you do now, don't you? Watch this movie. Better yet, watch it with a few friends, and you'll have shared a very unique experience.

+ A 21st century update of classic exploitation horror techniques

+ Hilarious sight gags and plenty of erotic humor, combined with sufficiently realistic gore and violence

+ Everybody has a British accent, so it MUST be classy!

+/- Unless it was in an extremely brief cameo that I missed, Satan does not actually make an appearance anywhere in this film

- The characters' self-conscious need to posture and compete makes them a bit unlikeable

+/- There's a sequel coming out this year:

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