Title: Stripshow

Also known as:
The Raven's Kiss
To Fili Tuo Gerakiou


Genre: Erotica / Drama / Sexploitation

Language: English

Runtime: 80 min

Director: Gary Dean Orona

Writer: Gary Dean Orona

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117764/

After running off to Las Vegas without saying a word to anyone, Raquel has returned with two million dollars in hand to her former husband who is simply known as Cowboy. Raquel wants to share the money with Cowboy and to pick up where they left off, but he wants nothing to do with her. Money has a funny way of changing people and this two million dollars is about to change the world for Raquel, Cowboy and a young woman named Kara, who gets caught in their web of lust and greed.

Our thoughts:
Considering Dead Alive seemed to specialize in selling mostly DTV horror titles, it was surprising to see "Stripshow" amongst their distributed titles but also not that surprising. Skin-flicks are probably one of the most highly produced movies next to horror. Just quick and easy movies: show some bewbs and a little lesbian action and BAM you're movie is being played on Cinemax.

"Stripshow" actually doesn't have as much nudity and softcore action as I expected. A majority of the movie is spent with the three characters: Raquel (Tane McClure), Cowboy (Steve Tietsort) and Kara (Monique Parent). Former stripper Raquel returns to her one and only, Cowboy, with two-million dollars in a brief case after she disappeared a year before without a single word as to why. She shows up, tries to win him back, he tells her to fuck off and then with the money they make Kara into their personal plaything.

Like most skin-flicks, "Stripshow" is your basic thriller with dark-drama elements. It does try to focus on the story by showing how much Vegas and the sex industry corrupted the Raquel character when she returns to her lover. Then with money in hand, how it corrupts both Cowboy and the naive Kara - more clever than recent softcore movies but generic in comparison to similar movies that came out in the 90's. For this type of movie, the overall execution was actually good but as far as being a good movie, "Stripshow" is another flick that rides the wave mediocrity. It knows where to go and what to do in order to be considered good enough.

I have a hard time feeling one way or another with "Stripshow" because it's not a bad movie or a good movie. It's just another movie. It has typical faults and issues for these types of movies; like laughable pairing of characters that feeds into the male viewer's delusions. Everything else is merely generic: it goes from point A to B in a predictable fashion with the obvious twists and turns. It doesn't show quite as much skin as others, and thats admirable since it says that they wanted to tell a story just as much as they wanted to display sex and skin. Nothing really here for anyone though, unless you're a hardcore fan of Tane McClure or Monique Parent.

Positive things:
- Tries to focus on the story and the characters and not so much on the skin.
Negative things:
- The usual things for these types of movies.

Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 2/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 0/5
Comedy: 0/5

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