Strippers vs. Werewolves (2012)
By: Devon B. on August 24, 2012  | 
Kaleidoscope | Region Free | 2.35:1 1080p | English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 | 92 minutes (Full Specs)
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Director: Jonathan Glendening
Starring: Ali Bastian, Barbara Nedeljakova, Billy Murray, Sarah Douglas. Adele Silva
Screenplay: Pat Higgins, Phillip Barron
Country: UK
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A lot of movies will have an outlandish title but then fail to deliver, but I'm happy to report that Strippers vs Werewolves isn't a film like that, because from the very first scene onwards this movie is all about strippers fighting with werewolves. The only thing that might make the title slightly inaccurate is that while our female leads are employed as strippers, I don't think we see any of them actually strip. There're a few little bits of routines but clothes aren't really coming off, but given they work in a strip club and they hang out around other women who are naked, I'm going to give the film the benefit of the doubt and assume these character were getting their kit off when they were off camera.

The film opens with an explosion, but then immediately after that it's time for some stripper versus werewolf action. A stripper is performing a private dance for a guy who gets so worked up that he grows fangs, sideburns and pointy ears. He is about to assault her when she stabs him in the eye with some handy silver. The club staff dispose of the body, but unfortunately for them the werewolf was part of a pack, and the pack are trying to work out what happened to the guy. The trail leads to the strip club, and what happens next is discreetly implied in the film's title.

I was braced for a low budget film, but during the credits a hit song from Duran Duran played and I thought I saw Bill Murray's name in the cast. Turns out it's not actually Duran Duran but a cover band, and it the film stars Billy Murray, so yes, it is low budget. From the title I expected Strippers vs Werewolves to be a bit silly, but I did think it would be a horror movie to some extent. There're a few horror elements, but this is mostly a comedy. Some of the humour is not as clever as it could be, but there is some funny stuff. The cast are all suitable for the material, and there are a couple of familiar faces like that guy from Spandu Ballet, one of the guys from Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, the evil Superman superwoman and that guy that played Freddy Kruger before Jackie Earle Haley. Strippers vs Werewolves is clearly aiming for a comic book feel, so much so I assumed the film was based on a comic of some sort. The credits are comic book style, there're drawings inserted into the film and the frame will often divide up into a section of panels. The panel thing gets annoying pretty quick, and by the end of the film it was downright distracting.

I wasn't watching this movie for comedy, or even strippers believe it or not, I was here for the werewolves. The werewolf is the world's best non-Gamera monster, and that's a fact, so I'm always game to check out the latest lycanthrope movie. Sadly, Strippers vs Werewolves is really, really let down by its werewolves. The makeup is not great, though I guess it's slightly less ridiculous than Kibakichi's and has a bit more hair than the werewolves in Full Eclipse. Strippers vs Werewolves' werewolves look more like The Werewolf of London, but with floppier ears and more prominent sideburns. I guess looking like Henry Hull is kind of cool in theory, but otherwise I disliked this makeup. The film pays homage to werewolf films of the past, but all this did was remind me of far better werewolf makeups.

Strippers vs Werewolves reminded me of Lesbian Vampire Killers and Zombie Strippers, but that latter might be because they're both movies that have Robert Englund with the word "stripper" in the title. Strippers vs Werewolves is ultimately disappointing because, despite delivering what the title promises, it's just not very exciting, and it's also not that funny.
The print is clean and clear, and detail is solid. The film occasionally pops, but overall this isn't something I would use to show off the magic of Blu-ray. There're no real flaws with the transfer, but it could've been sharper.
Audio is available in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio or LPCM 2.0 mixes. The 2.0 lacks the low end of the 5.1 and it's naturally not as dynamic, but this is a comedy film so it's not brimming with surround sound action at any rate. One of the characters seems to have been heavily ADRed, and this interferes with background sound whenever that happens.
Extra Features
The Blu-ray includes a making of and a commentary. The making of runs about 12 minutes and is mostly a general explanation of the story, but there is a little bit of information about the filming. The commentary is with producer Jonathan Sothcott and producer/star Simon Phillips. The pair seem happy with the film, but do recognise its flaws. They talk a bit more about the casting issue raised in the making of, which also explains why the strippers wear nipple tape, and admit that Teen Wolf was an influence. They shoulda kept that a secret. The track is entertaining, at times more so than the film itself, so it's worth a listen.
The Verdict
People that go into a movie called Strippers vs Werewolves for more than werewolves might like this more than I did, but I was let down by the lacking lupines. The film is an okay, if often simplistic, comedy, but they seriously needed to rethink that makeup.
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