Peelers (2016) … Pole Dancing, Attitude, & T*****s

Peanut butter and jelly. Peanut butter and chocolate. Pizza and beer. Hotdogs and mustard. Zombies and strippers. Why are these pairings considered classics? What is it about hot chicks and the living dead that entices filmmakers to delve into such territory? Back in 2012 I reviewed a film aptly titled, Zombies vs. Strippers. This expertly blended humor and comedy together and gave us some truly gory moments. Plus, who’d have thought that a zombie could be so goddamn sexy!! So when I found a screener of PEELERS in my inbox, I couldn’t wait to check it out. Is it fun? Yes. Is it as clever as it thinks it is? Not even close.

The basic plot here is that a group of coal miners were hacking away in a mine when one of them struck oil … or what they thought was oil. Turns out the “oil” is contaminated and has the nasty side effect of turning infected people into the living dead. Of course, all this takes place inside a strip club. The club is owned by Blue Jean (Wren Walker) who has sold the bar to a douchebag land developer. The miners come into the club to enjoy some overpriced beer and t*****s, and before you can ask, “Is that stripper wearing a diaper?” (you’ll understand if you watch this one), the infection breaks out in the club and the strippers and a few patrons must fight for survival. Yes, the strippers are pretty hot (even the pregnant one), and there is some decent gore. But the main problem here is that there’s nothing new offered up. Director Sevé Schelenz (who co-wrote with Lisa DeVita) rehash the same essential story that we got in Zombies vs. Strippers. Peelers has a decent pace and offers up some fun, but there just isn’t anything new in here that we haven’t seen before (and done better before).

There are also a lot of plot holes in the script (even for a zombie stripper flick) that are too numerous to get into. Oh, okay … I’ll give you one example. The infection is caused by and transmitted by contaminated oil. So, the characters come up with the solution that since “oil and water don’t mix,” then they can use water to kill the zombies. I’ll give you a second to let that sink in. And once the zombies start attacking, the film gets very dark. Not “dark” in a disturbing way, but dark in the “I can’t see s**t” kind of way. On the plus side, a lot of the humor worked and director Schelenz did a good job of keeping the humor and the horror elements separate. Top this off with decent performances, and you’ve got a film that just misses the mark.

Peelers definitely won’t be the worst film you see all year, but it will be a pretty forgettable one. The energy and good characters were there, but a total lack of originality really hurt this one. Oh yeah, there were also a lot of nice looking chicks in this one as well.

My Summary:

Director: Sevé Schelenz

Plot: 2 out of 5 stars

Gore: 6.5 out of 10 skulls

Zombie Mayhem: 3.5 out of 5 brains

Reviewed by Scott Shoyer

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