aka: Chrome Hearts, Cycle Sluts, Zombie Town
Director: Dan Hoskins
Starring: Jamie Rose, Catherine Carlen, Lycia Naff, Vicki Frederick, Kristina Loggia
They’re looking for a few good men
The Cycle Sluts is a tough all-female biker gang that rides in the desert from town to town, not staying long at one place but always being on the move. One day they arrive in the small and peaceful town of Zarah.
They start to use the place and the local men for whatever they want and need. Unbeknown to them, a local undertaker has been killing people and use their bodies for a scientific experiment that turned them into zombies. The only ones who can save the local townspeople are the Cycle Sluts, but will they ride with them or just ride away?
Chopper Chicks in Zombietown is one of the last Troma distributed films that would go on to have a theatrical release. It has a title that promise a cheesy and campy horror film, but it never delivers. It is a boring and poorly made film that doesn’t seem to know if it wants to be an action film, horror film or a comedy and it ends up being torn between the genres.
It’s a nice change to switch the genders and have females be the bikers for once, drinking and using men for sex and whatever else they want. The chicks are all very one dimensional and big haired and over the top with the leader being a very rough and tough chick and some of the others being emotionally scared young girls.
The acting isn’t the worst I’ve seen from low budget efforts. Catherine Carlen is the leading biker Rox and she is great and gets to say a lot of fun lines. Don Calfa, from Return of the Living Dead fame, plays the undertaker and he seems to accept what type of film this is and has fun with the part. Also look out for a small part featuring Billy Bob Thornton in one of his earliest film roles as Donny, something Troma of course use as much as they can on the DVD cover.
Chopper Chicks is the first and last film that Dan Hoskins directed. He is credited for the screenplay of a comedy called Pretty Smart with Patricia Arquette before this, but seems to have fallen out of the movie industry after making this one. I’m guess that he found out how hard it is to make a low budget film and didn’t want to do it anymore. He wasn’t able to bring everything together and make it tight here and it kind of shows that it isn’t done by an experienced director.
Chopper Chicks in Zombietown is a very forgettable late 80’s horror / comedy. Regardless of the lack of money, the film is just bad. It doesn’t seem like the filmmakers was able to show what they originally wanted to do and I wouldn’t recommend this to anybody.