A group of sideshow performers are asked to be interviewed for a web-show at a house that's in the middle of nowhere. Upon their arrival they find themselves smack dab in the middle of a weird cult family that enjoys torturing and experimenting on young women. If that wasn't bad enough, one of the experiments results in turning all of the young women into blood thirsty zombies. Now a clown, a dwarf, a burlesque dancer, a strong-man, their ringmaster, and a rock-star chick have to fight off a horde of zombie women if they want to escape with their lives.
When it comes to horror movies and the UK, I believe the first thing that pops into people's minds are things like the Hammer films or "A Ghost Story for Christmas" series. You know, more classic and almost elegant horror movies. Though we shouldn't forget they have also given us exploitation directors like Pete Walker and splatter-tainment ones like Alex Chandon. While few and far between, the UK have helped produce movies in the trash department and it looks like we've got some new kids on the block with Steve O'Brien, Warren Speed, Seymour Mace and their movie, "Zombie Women of Satan".
I really didn't know a lot going into this movie other than the fact that I loved the name and expected to get boobs, blood, and entertainment. After I watched it, I was satisfied by the amount of boobs, blood and trashiness — I still loved the name as well. The movie's story and overall execution leaves me on the fence of love and hate. "Zombie Women of Satan" is about a group of underground sideshow performers and burlesque dancers — kind of like Jim Rose — and they're asked to partake in an interview for a web-show. When the arrive at the house, weird things start to happen. Singing sensation, Skye, spots her sister, the group is locked in the studio, and maniac women are running around topless and bleeding. After busting out, they have to defend themselves from the flesh craving mad women, find Skye's sister, and find out what the hell is going. If they feel like it, that is.
That's a very simple breakdown of the story as there is a little more to it than that, especially when it comes to the family that is responsible for these zombie ladies. At the same time though, the movie really never bothers to get into details, explain the story, or give any general reason. I can appreciate the fact that this movie is going purely for the entertainment factor. Hell, I loved the fact that they had Zeus the dwarf act like he was falling asleep during the required exposition scenes. Beyond that, it was hard to get behind the movie as almost everything that happens, happens simply just because. Or to just get to the next scene or gag. It has enough of a story to get by but since most things exist with out a reason, it kind of flounders about.
It's a shame because it is amusing and entertaining in its cheap juvenile ways. Especially with their breakout character, Pervo the Clown (played by Warren Speed). At times it did feel like the movie was built around the character Pervo, which is fine for this movie, because he was funny and he could carry the movie. For a good movie though, it doesn't really work in the grand scheme of things. Like I said though, purely from a mindless entertainment factor "Zombie Women of Satan" works quite well. While crude and often immature, the humor is good and will appeal to everyone's inner Beavis & Butthead. As far as a horror movie goes; it's exactly what you'll expect it to be. Lots of senseless nudity mixed in with plenty of violence as our collection of oddball characters smash, bash, and chop their way through hordes of zombie-ish women.
I also say kudos to the makers. "Zombie Women of Satan" receives a barrage of shit because the women in this movie are average, everyday ladies. So you have a wide assortment of women, fat to skinny, running around topless. Naturally, because the women don't look like they just stepped off a porn shoot or the pages of a Maxim magazine, boys bitching, pissing, and whining. And let's face it, it is only going to be the boys bitching about that sort of thing. The movie is made by people who are apart of a counter-culture movement and alternative life style, so it stars people of that same nature. Because of that, I give all of those involved in the movie a round of applause for using real people.
Stepping off the soap box and back to reviewing the movie; I really am on the fence about "Zombie Women of Satan". It was a simple but entertaining time waster but after it was all over it felt like a shallow experience. It has good humor through out, and overall, was just a lot fun watching a bunch of sideshow performers kill a bunch of undead women with some dick jokes thrown in for good measure. The downside is that it's a very one-dimensional movie, which has nothing to do with budget constraints. The makers chose to focus on the entertainment aspect rather than creating a well rounded horror movie. Whether it works or hurts the movie is up to the individual viewer. Would I watch it again? Yeah, actually, and if anything, because of the character Pervo the Clown. Would I recommend it to anybody? Only to those who can appreciate and find entertainment in lowbrow horror comedies.