Directed by Sevé Schelenz
Synopsis:Courtesy of Uncork’d Entertainment
Former baseball player Blue Jean Douglas is closing down her small-town strip club and leaving for good. But her plans are not so easily attained when a group of coal miners show up and with them a deadly contaminant. What starts out as a last hurrah for the infamous strip club, turns into a blood bath. With time running out, Blue Jean must step up to the plate to try and put a stop to the spread of destruction before it’s too late and she loses everything she holds dear.
You know, if ever you find yourself in a strip club in the middle of nowhere, and one of the strippers is wearing a diaper and another is queefing in a microphone, and some coal miners covered covered in black goo are trying to kill you, it’s time you reevaluate your life choices.
Peelers is about a strip club manager named Blue Jean (Wren Walker) who must defend her strip club and her employees from people turned into monsters by a black oil-like goo.
Peelers has characters that stand out in unconventional ways. To be honest the only characters that stood out to me from the film were the strippers (and no it’s not because I’m crushing).
Baby (Nikki Wallin), Licorice (Kirsty Peters), and Frankie (Momoma Komagata) stand out to me not because of who they are, but because of what they did (it’s kinda hard to forget a character when you see them pissing on stage or queefing in a microphone). Unfortunately this is the formula for how Peelers introduces and carries its characters. Looking past the character’s, you do find that they are kind of flat with little to no motivation behind their choices.
The cinematography was solid, and the gore was very nice. The special effects were lacking a bit, most notably when the characters poured water on the monsters, causing them to melt.
And that is my other gripe, the monsters make no sense. Peelers makes clear someone gets infected when they touch the black goo, but Blue Jean and other characters are seen touching objects covered in it with no problem. The monsters are also portrayed as mindless, but sometimes they can think, and sometimes even speak. One of the monsters was taunting Blue Jean by calling her BJ before he charged at her in a patrol bike (which is also another aspect to a character not explained at all).
Peelers is okay. The characters were not deep but they were enjoyable to watch. The monsters didn’t make any sense but they were fun to see kill and be killed. The story, while it tried to push a trite message, still managed to keep me entertained for an hour and a half. If you want to pick this up, be my guest. Just make sure you steer clear of the front row seats.
6 out of 10 Splats of Blood