5.5 out of 10
Release Date: 27th April 2012
Cast: Billy Murray, Adele Silva, Martin Compston, Ali Bastian, Sarah Douglas, Barbara Nedeljakova, Simon Phillips, Nick Nevern, Marc Bayliss, Alan Ford, Coralie Rose, Rita Ramnani, Dominic Burns, Alex Esmail, Lucy Pinder, Charlie Bond and Steven Berkoff with Lysette Anthony, Martin Kemp and Robert Englund
Writer: Pat Higgins & Phill Barron
Trailer: STRIPPERS VS. WEREWOLVES
Not to be confused with the similarly titled Cockney’s Vs. Zombies currently doing the rounds at UK cinemas, this is a pretty damn funny stab at comedy from Simon Phillips (JACK FALLS) and his usual suspects. This is entertaining on levels you never knew you had. It has a surprisingly high gag quota but leave it to unintentional comedies like Dead Cert or The Reverend (2012) to fully help you realise how bad things had gotten quality wise for UK independent cinema. Perhaps the worst werewolf make up in the history of cinema is a reason to recommend this oddity. It certainly looks like it was just as much fun to make than it is to watch. Strippers Vs Werewolves is definitely a great change of pace from the poe-faced and risible gangster flicks flooding the supermarket DVD shelves.
Plotwise it seems to be over packed rather than slimline. In short we have a strip club and a group of wandering werewolves led by Billy Murray (ROLLIN WITH THE NINES). They clash when **SPOILER** one of the werewolves gets killed (MARTIN KEMP – THE KRAYS) mid-private dance by Adele Silva (EMMERDALE ) with a silver pen. Revenge is sought and an old conflict between the club owner Sarah Douglas (SUPERMAN II) re-raises its ugly head once more. The strippers team up to fend off the hairy marauders with one or two lame surprises thrown into the mix. Oddly enough it’s Steven Berkoff’s (DEAD CERT) cameo that raises most of the titters. Offed mid-torture by the werewolves, his victim asks the lupines whether they were a team of superhero werewolves protecting the innocent from cockney gangsters – to which they reply they are just ordinary werewolves of the hungry murderous kind. Laugh? I almost choked. Simon Phillips submits his best performance ever as a master of the occult who is called in to help despatch the supernatural critters. Pure brilliance. Perhaps comedy is his natural forte.
In Strippers Vs. Werewolves there’s a surfeit of slapstick and without giving away anymore jokes it’s hard to know what else to say about it. If you’re watching it because of the silly title, it provides exactly what you are looking for. There is a supremely lacklustre sex scene in it though, so don’t expect titilation, this is pure comedy-ploitation with gormless horror add ons. The cast are suitably game and its a treat to see horror genre king Robert Englund (NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET) as the former pack alpha chewing some scenery.
5.5 out of 10 – Dumb to the bone. But who cares? If you watch movies like Strippers Vs. Werewolves you’re unlikely to care what an amateur film critic thinks. Sporadically funny. And it’s also fun to spot familiar faces from film and TV let their hair down and get stupid.
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT PERSON IN BEFORE?
- Billy Murray: Rise of the Footsoldier 3, We Still Steal The Old Way, The Disappearance of Lenka Wood, Essex Boys Retribution, One In The Chamber, Rise and Fall Of a White Collar Hooligan, Airborne (2012), Stalker (2011), Freight, Devil’s Playground, How To Stop Being a Loser, Dead Cert, Just For The Record, Doghouse, Rise Of The Footsoldier, Rollin With The Nines, Hell To Pay, Eastenders (TV), Essex Boys, The Bill (TV), McVicar
- Adele Silva: Hollyoaks (TV), We Still Kill The Old Way, How To Stop Being a Loser, Emmerdale (TV)
- Martin Compston: Scottish Mussel, The Legend of Barney Thompson, Line of Duty (TV), Filth, The Wee Man, When The Lights Went Out, Soulboy, 7Lives, Strippers Vs. Werewolves,Four, Ghosted, Piggy, The Disappearance Of Alice Creed, Pimp, True North, The Damned Utd, Doomsday, Red Road, Tickets, Sweet Sixteen
Ali Bastian: Undercover Hooligan, The Bill (TV)
- Sarah Douglas: Witchville, Superman 2, Superman, Conan The Destroyer, Meatballs 4
- Barbara Nedeljakova: Isle of Dogs, Pimp, The Hike, Hostel 2, Hostel
- Simon Phillips: No Easy Days (TV), The Last Scout, The Disappearance of Lenka Wood, He Who Dares 2, Meet The Firm – White Collar Hooligan 3, Shame The Devil, The Hooligan Wars, Dangerous Mind of a Hooligan, He Who Dares, Essex Boys Retribution, White Collar Hooligan 2, Fall of the Essex Boys, UFO (2013), The Rise and Fall Of a White Collar Hooligan, Airborne (2012), The Reverend (2012), Offender, Bonded By Blood, Ghosted, How to Stop Being a Loser, Kill Keith, Jack Says, Jack Said, Jack Falls, The Last Seven, Just For The Record, Stagger, Risen, Cut
- Nick Nevern: Prime Suspect 1973 (TV), The Eliminators, Brotherhood, Spring, Meet The Firm – White Collar Hooligan 3, Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie, The Hooligan Factory, Vendetta, White Collar Hooligan 2, Fall of The Essex Boys, GBH, Outpost 2, The Rise Of a White Collar Hooligan, Victim, The Sweeney Movie, Turnout, 7Lives, Strippers Vs. Werewolves, Terry
- Marc Bayliss: RedCon-1, Arcadia, Coronation Street (TV), London River
- Alan Ford: Gloves Off, A Hitman In London, The Smoke, The 100 Year Old Man…, Lillyhammer (TV), Cockneys Vs Zombies, The Sweeney Movie, Airborne (2012), Jack Falls, Dead Man Running, Exorcist – The Beginning, Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Long Good Friday,
- Coralie Rose: Rise of the Footsoldier 2, Dead Cert, Rise Of The Footsoldier
- Rita Ramnani: A Dark Reflection, The Last Scout, Meet The Firm -White Collar Hooligan 3, Abducted, He Who Dares, UFO (2013), Airborne (2012),The Last Seven, Just For The Record, Jack Falls, Stagger, Jack Said, Jack Says, Umbrage- The First Vampire
- Dominic Burns: Allies (dir), UFO (2013), Airborne (2012), The Reverend (2012), Strippers Vs. Werewolves, How to Stop Being a Loser, Jack Falls, Jack Said, Jack Says, Cut
- Alex Esmail: Northern Soul, Essex Boys Retribution, Payback Season, Attack The Block
- Lucy Pinder: Age of Kill, Celebrity Big Brother (TV)
- Charlie Bond: Art Ache, The Curse of the Witching Tree, Vendetta, Fall of The Essex Boys, GBH
- Steven Berkoff: London Heist, Rise of the Footsoldier 2, North V South, We Still Kill The Old Way, Red 2, GBH, Strippers Vs. Werewolves, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2012), 44 Inch Chest, The Tourist, Big Fat Gypsy Gangster, Just For The Record, Dead Cert, The Big I Am, Steal, Rancid Aluminium, Fair Game (1994), Decadence, The Krays, Beverly Hills Cop, McVicar, Barry Lyndon, A Clockwork Orange
- Lysette Anthony: We Still Steal The Old Way, Mob Handed, We Still Kill The Old Way, Dracula – Dead and Loving It, Look Who’s Talking Now, Dr Jekyll & Ms Hyde, The Hour Of The Pig, Husbands and Wives, The Pleasure Principle, Krull,
- Martin Kemp: Age of Kill, Assassin (2015), Top Dog (dir), Stalker (dir), Jack Falls, How To Stop Being a Loser, Eastenders (TV), Paper Marriage, Daydream Believer, The Krays,
- Robert Englund: Lake Placid 4, The Last Showing, Zombie Strippers, Hatchet, 2001 Maniacs, Freddy Vs. Jason, Urban Legend, Killer Tongue, Wishmaster, The Mangler, Nightmare On Elm Street 1 – 7, V (TV), Big Wednesday