Strippers vs. Werewolves

| September 27, 2012

The immortal rivalry between strippers and werewolves finally comes to the screen in the astonishingly unimaginatively-titled Strippers vs. Werewolves. Or something like that. Despite its similarly utilitarian title, this film has no relation to Charles Band’s recent production Zombies vs. Strippers, or Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!: Zombies vs. Strippers, or even Zombie Strippers, may God have mercy on us all. The fact that Strippers vs. Werewolves is a British production immediately raises expectations high above those zombie/stripper-related productions, and it delivers a considerably higher level of production value than any previous “Strippers vs. Supernatural Monsters” films in recent memory.

After a very brief pre-credits sequence establishes the fact that a Basildon strip club called Silvadollaz was blown up in 1984, the action moves to the present day, where stripper Justice (Adele Silva) has a VIP room run-in with an exceptionally hairy client named Mickey (Martin Kemp). Justice accidentally kills him with an antique silver pen, but luckily club manager Jeanette (Sarah Douglas) has encountered this kind of trouble before and calmly enlists bouncer Franklyn (Nick Nevern) to dispose of the body as quickly as possible. Franklyn is not experienced in dealing with this type of situation and does a fairly poor job of body disposal, which leads to the body’s discovery by Mickey’s wolf pack, led by brutal alpha Ferris (Billy Murray). Jeanette tries to keep a lid on the situation while Ferris and his pack seek out Mickey’s killer.

Meanwhile Franklyn attempts a tentative romance with Dani (Ali Bastian), Justice convinces her fiancee she works at an animal hospital, and dancer Raven (Barbara Nedeljakova) tries to make a go of a relationship with a bumbling vampire hunter whose knowledge of the occult may come in handy. For their part, the werewolves mostly just hang out and behave badly, sort of like organized criminals with a lot more time on their hands and very little pressing business. Ferris is keen to find Mickey’s murderer, but it seems more out of a sense of obligation than anything else. High-strung Carlos (Marc Baylis) is just looking for an excuse to cause mayhem, and dim-bulb juggernaut Barker (Joe Egan) is just happy to be eating people for whatever reason. The two groups finally meet when Ferris learns Micky was killed in the club run by Jeanette, who also ran Silvadollaz during its unfortunate accident in 1984.

Strippers vs. Werewolves promises three things in its title that it totally delivers on: there are strippers, there are werewolves, and they fight each other. The final sequence of the film pits the exceptionally well-armed strippers against the vicious werewolves, and an on-screen ticker helpfully keeps track of how many each side has killed. There are numerous such touches throughout the film, including comic book panel interludes and scene transitions and a sequence near the beginning that introduces each of the members of both “teams.” Strippers vs. Werewolves thankfully has a sense of humor about itself, and almost plays as a companion piece to Jake West’s Doghouse, with the gender of the monsters switched. The practical effects are decent, although the werewolves look a little goofy, and at 93 minutes the film could have stood some more time in the editing bay. Regardless, Strippers vs. Werewolves is a decent time-waster that delivers the goods, and is the easy choice if you’re looking for an evening’s light entertainment of strippers fighting monsters of some kind.

Well Go USA released Strippers vs. Werewolves on DVD and Blu-ray on 25 September 2012. Special features include a producers’ commentary and behind-the-scenes featurette.

About the Author:

Jason Coffman is a film writer living in Chicago. He is author of "The Unrepentant Cinephile," and a regular contributor to Daily Grindhouse and Film Monthly as well as a member of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle. He is co-director of the Chicago Cinema Society and proud owner of 35mm prints of Andy Milligan's "Guru, the Mad Monk." Follow his long-form film writing on Medium:

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