Chopper Chicks in Zombietown

Life’s a bitch, 
and then you die. 
Usually.

Chopperchicks

The Good:
Fortunately I realized just before watching this that it’s a Troma movie and actually one of the last movies they released in theaters. It’s pretty easy to see why. Troma at it’s best is playfully antiestablishment, cheap fun. At its worst, it’s exploitative and chinsy. That being said, Troma was awesome for the time when it was at its height. Video was a lot more forgiving than digital and most people’s expectations of cheap thrills were a lot lower than they are today. It was just fun. People making some goofy, gross movies and having a good time doing it.

If you do get around to this movie try to imagine it’s the late 80’s. Everyone is already looking back on how awesome the decade was and wondering what the 90’s have in store. Try to imagine Terminator 2 hasn’t been made yet. Think about this little nugget of movie goodness. According to Box Office Mojo, the top grossing movies of 1989 when this movie came out were:

1 Batman WB $251,188,924 2,201 $40,489,746 2,194 6/23
2 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Par. $197,171,806 2,327 $29,355,021 2,327 5/24
3 Lethal Weapon 2 WB $147,253,986 1,830 $20,388,800 1,803 7/7
4 Look Who’s Talking TriS $140,088,813 1,651 $12,107,784 1,208 10/13
5 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids BV $130,724,172 1,498 $14,262,961 1,371 6/23
6 Back to the Future Part II Uni. $118,450,002 2,107 $27,835,125 1,865 11/22
7 Ghostbusters II Col. $112,494,738 2,410 $29,472,894 2,410 6/16
8 Driving Miss Daisy WB $106,593,296 1,668 $73,745 3 12/15
9 Parenthood Uni. $100,047,830 1,399 $10,506,450 1,262 8/2
10 Dead Poets Society BV $95,860,116 1,109 $340,456 8 6/2
11 When Harry Met Sally… Col. $92,823,546 1,174 $1,094,453 41 7/14
12 The War of the Roses Fox $86,888,546 1,559 $9,488,794 1,259 12/8
13 The Little Mermaid BV $84,355,863 1,533 $6,031,914 994 11/17
14 Steel Magnolias TriS $83,759,091 1,372 $5,425,440 480 11/17
15 Christmas Vacation WB $71,319,526 1,950 $11,750,203 1,744 12/1
16 Turner & Hooch BV $71,079,915 1,888 $12,211,042 1,877 7/28
17 Born on the Fourth of July Uni. $70,001,698 1,434 $172,021 5 12/22
18 Uncle Buck Uni. $66,758,538 1,835 $8,794,501 1,804 8/18
19 Field of Dreams Uni. $64,431,625 1,100 $531,346 22 4/21
20 Tango & Cash WB $63,408,614 1,575 $6,628,918 1,409 12/22
21 Harlem Nights Par. $60,864,870 2,180 $16,096,808 2,180 11/17
22 Sea of Love Uni. $58,571,513 1,439 $10,017,840 1,246 9/15
23 Pet Sematary Par. $57,469,467 1,585 $12,046,179 1,585 4/21
24 The Abyss Fox $54,222,310 1,538 $9,319,797 1,533 8/11
25 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Par. $52,210,049 2,202 $17,375,648 2,202 6/9
26 Major League Par. $49,797,148 1,615 $8,836,265 1,541 4/7
27 See No Evil, Hear No Evil TriS $46,908,987 1,686 $7,098,741 1,677 5/12
28 Black Rain Par. $46,212,055 1,760 $9,677,102 1,610 9/22
29 Always Uni. $43,858,790 1,206 $3,713,480 1,016 12/22
30 K-9 Uni. $43,247,647 1,706 $7,471,035 1,677 4/28
31 Three Fugitives BV $40,586,886 1,374 $6,434,717 1,153 1/27
32 Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure Orion $40,485,039 1,321 $6,167,651 1,196 2/17
33 The Karate Kid Part III Col. $38,956,288 1,569 $10,364,544 1,560 6/30
34 The ‘Burbs Uni. $36,601,993 1,956 $11,101,197 1,952 2/17
35 Fletch Lives Uni. $35,150,960 1,512 $8,045,760 1,479 3/17
36 License to Kill UA $34,667,015 1,587 $8,774,776 1,575 7/14
37 Lean on Me WB $31,906,454 1,107 $5,032,605 894 3/3
38 The Bear TriS $31,753,898 1,056 $3,676,530 858 10/27
39 Weekend at Bernie’s Fox $30,218,387 1,139 $4,506,086 1,134 7/7
40 Road House UA $30,050,028 1,935 $5,957,656 1,927 5/19
41 Peter Pan (Re-issue) (1989) BV $29,445,131 1,533 $5,611,785 1,475 7/14
42 The Dream Team Uni. $28,890,240 1,459 $5,704,860 1,316 4/7
43 Do the Right Thing Uni. $27,545,445 534 $3,563,535 353 6/30
44 All Dogs Go to Heaven UA $27,100,027 1,591 $4,712,834 1,577 11/17
45 Glory TriS $26,828,365 811 $63,661 3 12/14
46 sex, lies and videotape Mira. $24,741,667 534 $155,982 4 8/4
47 A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child NL $22,168,359 1,902 $8,115,176 1,902 8/11
48 Dad Uni. $22,103,037 1,188 $540,148 107 10/27
49 Lock Up TriS $22,099,847 1,384 $6,025,520 1,382 8/4
50 Cousins Par. $22,026,369 747 $3,039,805 535 2/10
51 The Rescuers (Re-issue) (1989) BV $21,215,869 1,482 $3,609,117 1,446 3/17
52 Say Anything Fox $20,781,385 1,113 $4,058,496 1,113 4/14
53 An Innocent Man BV $20,047,604 1,561 $5,700,000 1,561 10/6
54 The Fly II Fox $20,021,322 1,528 $6,751,371 1,524 2/10
55 Skin Deep Fox $19,674,852 1,062 $2,460,262 489 3/3
56 Blaze BV $19,131,246 970 $1,739,701 909 12/15
57 Her Alibi WB $18,699,037 1,429 $5,037,047 1,429 2/3
58 Casualties of War Col. $18,671,317 1,487 $5,201,261 1,487 8/18
59 Prancer Orion $18,587,135 1,728 $2,914,486 1,713 11/17
60 The Fabulous Baker Boys Fox $18,428,904 860 $3,313,815 858 10/13
61 Crimes and Misdemeanors Orion $18,254,702 525 $911,385 66 10/13
62 Shocker Uni. $16,554,699 1,795 $4,510,990 1,783 10/27
63 Chances Are TriS $16,278,590 1,190 $3,664,386 837 3/10
64 No Holds Barred NL $16,093,651 1,327 $4,957,052 1,318 6/2
65 Next of Kin WB $15,942,628 1,358 $4,805,516 1,358 10/20
66 Leviathan MGM $15,704,614 1,393 $5,029,164 1,393 3/17
67 She-Devil Orion $15,351,421 1,452 $3,509,647 1,403 12/8
68 My Left Foot Mira. $14,743,391 510 $41,165 2 11/10
69 Kickboxer Can. $14,697,005 973 $4,134,098 973 9/8
70 Friday the 13th Part VIII Par. $14,343,976 1,683 $6,251,310 1,683 7/28
71 The Wizard Uni. $14,278,900 1,204 $2,142,525 1,155 12/15
72 Great Balls of Fire! Orion $13,741,060 1,417 $3,807,986 1,417 6/30
73 Family Business TriS $12,195,695 1,230 $2,130,024 1,201 12/15
74 Pink Cadillac WB $12,143,484 1,993 $4,408,593 1,993 5/26
75 She’s Out of Control Col. $12,065,892 987 $3,653,142 987 4/14
76 Halloween 5 Gal. $11,642,254 1,495 $5,093,428 1,483 10/13
77 Gross Anatomy BV $11,604,598 1,080 $2,830,387 853 10/20
78 Police Academy 6: City Under Siege WB $11,567,217 1,627 $4,032,480 1,627 3/10
79 Young Einstein WB $11,536,599 1,217 $3,094,581 1,217 8/4
80 Who’s Harry Crumb? TriS $10,982,364 1,198 $3,862,719 1,197 2/3
81 New York Stories BV $10,763,469 514 $432,337 12 3/3
82 The Package Orion $10,647,219 460 $1,851,673 323 8/25
83 We’re No Angels Par. $10,555,348 1,495 $2,047,630 1,239 12/15
84 Cyborg Can. $10,166,459 830 $3,179,811 830 4/7
85 Henry V Gold. $10,161,099 134 $64,933 3 11/8
86 Criminal Law Hemd $9,974,446 1,166 $2,636,091 1,166 4/28
87 Tap TriS $9,114,702 587 $2,217,150 585 2/10
88 Renegades Uni. $9,015,164 1,627 $3,075,030 1,627 6/2
89 Scandal Mira. $8,800,000 371 $658,660 94 4/28
90 True Believer Col. $8,742,750 897 $3,009,692 897 2/17
91 Troop Beverly Hills Col. $8,508,843 964 $2,283,443 964 3/24
92 Cheetah BV $8,153,677 1,321 $2,636,118 1,310 8/18
93 Deepstar Six TriS $8,143,225 1,118 $3,306,320 1,117 1/13
94 Dead Bang WB $8,125,592 1,073 $2,847,690 1,073 3/24
95 The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Col. $8,083,123 120 $597,400 46 3/10
96 Dead Calm WB $7,825,009 959 $2,463,551 959 4/7
97 Enemies, A Love Story Fox $7,754,571 75 $63,636 3 12/15
98 Disorganized Crime BV $7,723,506 1,462 $2,840,166 1,462 4/14
99 Johnny Handsome TriS $7,237,794 813 $2,437,642 812 9/29
100 Lawrence of Arabia (re-issue) (1989) Col. $6,986,278 N/A N/A N/A 2/8

Those are some amazing movies. 1989 was an INCREDIBLE year for movies.

But guess what movie isn’t on the top 100 list.

Chopper Chicks in Zombietown. That’s what!

This is sort of like watching the last hurrah of Troma. Cheap jokes, goofy acting, shitty music but a weird feeling of greatness and for me, nostalgia. 1989 really was a great year for me. Maybe one of the best in my life really. It’s just a time I connect to really well. So my overwhelming feeling watching this movie is a connection to the context it came out in. The clothes, the pop culture at the time. It’s hard to articulate but it really is a great representation of it’s times. A CHEAP representation of it’s times.

The Bad:
As a zombie movie, this is pretty bad.
It’s mostly about a group of biker chicks who HAPPEN to be in a town with some really horrible zombies.

After some underground nuclear tests irradiated the mines in the area making them unfit for humans to work in, this guy, the undertaker, decides to create a race of slave zombies to work the mine for whatever’s down there. They get out of hand (of course) and start eating everyone in sight. Including the biker sluts who are the only ones with the balls to stand up to them. Hence the name of the movie.

This movie plays on the worst sorts of stereotypes of women, lesbians, the challenged, and little people. It’s treatment of blind orphans is actually probably the least offensive of these portrayals. By calling them blind orphans it’s Troma making fun of the general movie making business and writing all together. As if they are satirizing what would make it into another movie. The name suggests they are helpless little kittens but are actually a bunch of normal teenagers.

It’s also a pretty bad example of zombie lore. It uses the zombies as simple backdrop for the characters being developed. The monsters could be anything, werewolves, zombies or vampires. It wouldn’t matter. They are just some sort of easy bad guy to throw in the mix.

The Ugly:
Billy Bob Thorton
is in this movie!? He’s a WAY better actor than this movie deserves. What the hell was he doing in there?

Favorite quotes:
I”m the dyke. Suck my dick.

I didn’t do it for science, I didn’t do it for glory. I’m, just, MEAN!

Now you’re sluts. Try and act like it!

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Mike Kloran

Educational Designer from Brooklyn New York. I'm a teacher, an artist, an athlete and constantly doing, making, drawing, creating! It's a busy life but I'm doing what I love and that's what matters most to me!

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