It’s been a long time since I have been able to label a film as ‘fun’, Peelers is hitting the scene with some much needed Splatter Gore! It’s funny, gory and fills an appetite for a solid Saturday night film.
In the wake of previous zombie/stripper combinations (Zombies, Zombies, Zombies & Zombie Strippers) Peelers actually gets the combination right, it knows when to bring the noise, it knows when to build some tension and ultimately it knows what to deliver, gore, action, and unsurprisingly in a film where there are strippers........tits!
Producer Sevé Schelenz who seems to mainly have a TV background editing for a countless number of shows, sends a clear message to the horror scene – this is how to make a gory, light hearted horror comedy!
Former baseball star ‘Billie Jean Douglas’ is trying to enjoy her last night as a small-town strip club owner, a group of local miners come to the bar to celebrate one of the workers birthdays. The night seems to be going as planned until one of the workers goes to the bathroom and suffers a belt of exorcism projectile vomit – spraying a black tar like substance.......well everywhere! As the night starts to take a turn for the worst Blue Jean asks one of the group what has happened and we are given an explanation of what the miners discovered - an ‘oil’ like goo which seems to infect people......it slowly starts to spread around the strip club and becomes a fight for survival to see who can make the night!
Yes the plot is as simple as it sounds but it doesn’t need to be complicated, I’m glad to see that the focus is on gore and comedy rather than a complex story which would not suit the film. There has clearly been a lot of thought in to the finer details of the film, the pacing is absolutely spot on, every moment where things seem to slow down a little we are given some character development or gore......or nudity! Naturally the first quarter of the film does play out as an introduction but it doesn’t take long to get going and when it does the action sticks around until the very end.
Wren Walker as Blue Jean plays a great female lead and is a badass in her own right, in fact the majority of the cast all play standout performances which I am struggling to fault. Don’t get me wrong there are a few wooden moments, Caz Odin Darky as club bouncer ‘Remy’ bears the brunt of the awkwardness, with some lines of dialogue which simply shouldn’t have made the final cut........something just didn’t work for Caz, his physique suits the role but his face is more male model than male bouncer!
Peelers absolutely exceeds in the gore department, it’s not conventional ‘blood’ rather a black tar like substance which seems to be in abundance. Violent vomit episodes, decapitations, gunshot wounds and a handful of other creative deaths all fit the bill perfectly – there are a couple of moments of what I call ‘dodgy CGI’ which I felt personally did not fit in with the practical prowess of the entire film – ultimately this use of CGI was outshone by the practical FX and should have been left as is.
Now these aren’t zombies in the normal sense – more infected than blood thirsty, they don’t seem to feed on humans more to kill and maim. Usually at this moment I would be giving a speech about how they’re not Romero zombies or something similar but it’s really not necessary here, these infected are unique in their own manner and there’s no need for comparison.
Overall Peelers is a thoroughly enjoyable horror/comedy with enough gore and nudity to entertain even the most casual horror fan, a much needed splatter entry to start 2017 with a gooey-bang!
Peelers is available On Demand March 28th from Uncork’d Entertainment.