93 Min. | Comedy – Horror | April 2012
IMDB Rating: 3.1
Director: Jonathan Glendening
Staring: Adele Silva, Martin Compston, Billy Murray
Strippers vs Werewolves Review: There have been some really zany over the top horror comedies come along over the last few years bust most focused on the zombie craze with films like Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, and Zombie Strippers, but finally someone has decided to bring in the werewolves in Strippers vs. Werewolves. Is there any chance that this will work or fall along the lines of the so many other failed horror films? Strippers vs. Werewolves follow a pack of werewolves seeking revenge for the death of one of their own at a strip club. Strippers vs Werewolves is a silly movie, but not in a bad way. Is it good of course not, but it is fun. The reason this one works well is that while they are delivering a dark comedy, they manage to take themselves seriously for most of the film. This aspect makes the movie work a bit better than its title would lead you to believe. It’s really not until the end confrontation in the film that things get a bit sillier. You get the feeling this was the silly nature it was headed towards which thanks to not going full on silly for most of the film makes it welcome, but could easily through some off.
Most of the acting was pretty bad, but in this sort of movie you don’t expect too much. They delivered the blood and gore horror fans want, but not near as much nudity as you would have expect, especially for a movie involving a strip club. This is a bit of a silly movie, but if you can just sit back and have some fun it becomes just that, fun. Filled with some genre centric actors including Sarah Douglas, Barbara Nedeljiakova, and Robert Englund but don’t be fooled, Englund is barely in Strippers vs Werewolves and serves little purpose other than his name recognition. Well, the title of this film might lead you to think that this is either really cool in a postmodern ironic sort of way or truly dire. It’s worth watching just so you can make your mind up.
Although some of the acting is poor, there are some good performances in here, Martin Compston (Red Road, Sweet 16, True North) is particularly good. Ali Bastian (Hollyoaks), Sarah Douglas (Superman), Charlie Bond (GBH) and Steven Berkoff (Clockwork Orange and about 100 things since) are all worth watching. The soundtrack is spectacular, 20 original tracks with an 80s vibe from Sodajerker. That’s not a Swedish band, it’s a pair of guys from Liverpool whose work deserves to be in something more mainstream that this. The plot of Strippers vs Werewolves, actually makes sense, if you can follow it. A stripper manages to kill a werewolf with a silver fountain pen. His mates want revenge. Her colleagues put up a fight. Obviously there’s a bit more to it than that. The technical side is quite good, even though the pacing is all wrong. There’s blood, nudity, some good lines. Above all it’s very British. Reminded me of Shaun of the Dead. Not quite as good overall. But if it had been produced properly it would not have been far off. And that title is brilliant.