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Chopper Chicks In Zombietown (1989)

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Genres:
Comedy, Horror, Horror Comedy, Parody / Spoof, Thriller, Zombie Film
Director:
Dan Hoskins Dan Hoskins
Starring:
Jamie Rose Jamie Rose
Catherine Carlen Catherine Carlen
Lycia Naff Lycia Naff
Vicki Frederick Vicki Frederick
Kristina Loggia Kristina Loggia

4.2 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Chad
Added: December 15, 2004
A group of motorcycle-driving ladies known as the Cycle Sluts and led up by Rox (Catherine Carlen) make their way into a small town for some refreshments. Rounding out our group is Dede (Jamie Rose), Lucile (Whitney Reis), T.C. (Lycia Naff), a failed band member, Jewel (Vicki Frederick), a lady who left her husband and child to take up this life, Jojo (Kristina Loggia), an ex-marine explosives expert, Rusty (Gretchen Palmer), the mechanic of the group, and finally, a mute chick known as Tanya (Nina Peterson). Quite the large group of sluts, if you ask me. Anywho, the group makes their way into town in order to find some food and sex, and soon find out that Ralph Willum (Don Calfa), the local mortician, has been killing off the townsfolk, turning them into zombies, and putting them to work in the local mine with the assistance of a midget known as Bob Littleton (Ed Gale). The zombies somehow manage to break free and start killing off the town, the mortician is pissed off at the sluts due to this, Sheriff Bugiere (Lewis Arquette) rounds up the remaining townsfolk and attempt to run the sluts out of town, Dede's ex-husband Donny (Billy Bob Thornton) attempts to rekindle the romance between himself and Dede, and finally, a bus-full of blind orphan kids led up by Lance (Hal Sparks) breaks down near the town.

As you could probably guess, this is far from your typical zombie horror film. However, what's surprising about the film is the lack of comedy that's found throughout. There's a few comedic moments here and there, but for the most part, this movie attempts to be a serious horror film. With the goofiness of the storyline and the events that transpire, this did hurt the entertainment factor just a wee bit in my opinion. Since it's much too far out of the horror element to be entertaining by those standards, one would imagine that the director would have chosen to play up the comedic elements in order to keep things moving along that way. The result of this is a mixture of the old biker film genre and the classic zombie niche, with neither side paying too much respect to the other movies in that set. The storyline suffers as a result, coming off as being pretty boring for the most part; once again, had the director chose to play up on all of the comedic surroundings he put into this movie, things could have been a lot better.

The acting that is found here is pretty much what one would expect to find from a movie of this nature. The cast is average at best, though I did get some chuckles from Don Calfa as the mortician, and of course, midgets are always funny regardless of what they're doing. The thing that does irk me about this cast, however, is the claim that Billy Bob Thornton stars in this film. That couldn't be further from the truth, as he gets about three short scenes before being killed off. I realize the man went on to become a decently big star in Hollywood, but the amount that Troma played off his name here was ridiculous even for their standards. My last main gripe here has to do with the lack of anything that would warrant that R rating. There's a few F bombs dropped, but otherwise, nothing. No gore other than a bit of blood on a guys shirt, no nudity, nothing. Gore and nudity does not a movie make, but it certainly would have helped in this case, especially considering that this was trying to hard to be a legit horror film.

Overall, not really worth the time or effort to grab a copy. The movie wasn't bad per se, just boring. So many things could have been changed that would have resulted in a much more entertaining picture, but that proverbial ball was dropped time and time again throughout the running time. 4/10.
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Crispy #1: Crispy - added 12/18/2004, 08:56 AM
"of course, midgets are always funny regardless of what they're doing"

fucking amen to that
Shakes #2: Shakes - added 01/22/2009, 11:51 AM
You're dead on about the billy bob thornton on the cover thing. obviously a gimmick. nevertheless, this movie is entertaining...4.5/10...it's historic value weighs out the movie itself, because it's how Thornton got his feet wet and made some incredible movies.
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