Strippers vs Werewolves (2012) Movie Review (Well Go Usa Blu-ray Review)
Strippers vs Werewolves
Directed by Jonathan Glendening
Stars: Robert Englund, Lysette Anthony and Barbara Nedeljakova
Available from Well Go Usa on Sep 26th
Reviewer: Horrorphilia Jason
The Lowdown: Another British horror comedy that just misses the mark.
With that title I was hoping for some good ol fashioned B movie fun. Unfortunately it suffered the same fate as Lesbian Vampire Killers a few years back, it just didn’t push the envelope enough. It started off well enough with hot chicks dancing at a titty joint, a dude wolf’s out, gets stabbed in the eye and killed from a stripper that’s giving him a lap dance. Come to find out the dude is from a clan of gangster werewolves that now want to get revenge on the strippers for his death. Coincidentally, one of the gangsters is dating one of the dancers and accidentally turns her into a werewolf. She then leads the strippers in an all out battle against the werewolves, in an explosive finale.
It just wasn’t that funny. There’s one sequence in the movie where a stripper is telling the story how she met her vampire/monster hunter boyfriend that was entertaining. Other than that almost all of the jokes fell flat. There was one big fat werewolf that was designed to be comic relief, but it failed miserably. The biggest problem I had with the film was the tone of it. Highly inconsistent from scene to scene. One scene would be played ultra serious then the very next would be comedic. I don’t mind this usually in a film but the way it was presented here, it was really jarring and took me out of the movie. It doesn’t help that the serious moments or comedic moments weren’t that strong.
Basically the movie just didn’t have much of a fun factor. It did have a few moments but it wasn’t nearly as entertaining as Zombie Strippers or even the lesser Strippers Vs. Zombies. If they would have toned down the gangster angle and went more of a cheesefest, then it could have been so much better. They had possibly the hottest chick in the world, Lucy Pinder, and didn’t take advantage of that. The movie wasn’t terrible, there wasn’t any watch looking, but it could have been so much better. Oh yeah don’t let the promos advertising Robert Englund fool you. He was in it for probably a 5 minute cameo tops.
There were a few gore moments but nothing outstanding. As you can see, the werewolf makeup wasn’t very good, and there weren’t any amazing transformation scenes. I did like the fact it wasn’t cgi heavy though. The final battle had some fun moments, but it was too little too late. It wasn’t funny enough, scary enough, and not enough reasons to whip out the ol lube and towel. Wasn’t bad enough for me to slam my head but I can’t imagine ever watching it again. Like usual, the blu-ray transfer from Well Go was flawless in sound and audio, and there is a decent commentary track from the producer.
Producers’ Commentary – Jonathan Sothcott And Simon Phillips– 90mins
Behind The Scenes– 12 Min