Chopper Chicks in Zombietown (1991)

R | 89 mins | Horror, Comedy | 10 May 1991

Director:

Dan Hoskins

Writer:

Dan Hoskins

Producer:

Maria Snyder

Cinematographer:

Tom Fraser

Editor:

W. O. Garrett

Production Designer:

Timothy Baxter

Production Company:

Chelsea Partners
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HISTORY

Opening credits are preceded by the following statement: "Life's a bitch and then you die. Usually."
       End credits include the following statement: “The producers wish to express their sincere thanks to Loren F. Dorrell, Ellis Mercantile, Ed Fitzgerald, Robert Gaustad, Dimitiris Georgakopoulos, Gabriel Gordon, Charlotte Hendricks, Michael Holt, Len Lochmiller, Mag Instrument Co., The Ridgecrest Theater, Edward Romo, Ed Rowlette, Dorothy Saitz, Nancy Snyder, Kent Snyder, Starwest, Donna’s Shirt Tales and Costumes.” The film carries a 1989 copyright notice and screened at the Cannes Film Market in 1990.
       Chopper Chicks in Zombietown opened 10 May 1991 in New York City, and 24 May 1991 in Los Angeles, CA, to mixed reviews. While the 24 May 1991 LAT endorsed the film as “a diverting piece of deliberate schlock,” The 10 May 1991 NYT lamented that it would have been enjoyable with a more cohesive plot. ... More Less

Opening credits are preceded by the following statement: "Life's a bitch and then you die. Usually."
       End credits include the following statement: “The producers wish to express their sincere thanks to Loren F. Dorrell, Ellis Mercantile, Ed Fitzgerald, Robert Gaustad, Dimitiris Georgakopoulos, Gabriel Gordon, Charlotte Hendricks, Michael Holt, Len Lochmiller, Mag Instrument Co., The Ridgecrest Theater, Edward Romo, Ed Rowlette, Dorothy Saitz, Nancy Snyder, Kent Snyder, Starwest, Donna’s Shirt Tales and Costumes.” The film carries a 1989 copyright notice and screened at the Cannes Film Market in 1990.
       Chopper Chicks in Zombietown opened 10 May 1991 in New York City, and 24 May 1991 in Los Angeles, CA, to mixed reviews. While the 24 May 1991 LAT endorsed the film as “a diverting piece of deliberate schlock,” The 10 May 1991 NYT lamented that it would have been enjoyable with a more cohesive plot.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jan 1991
p. 6, 46.
Los Angeles Times
24 May 1991
p. 10.
New York Times
10 May 1991
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz present
A Troma Team Release
Arthur Sarkissian presents
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Addl scenes dir by
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
2d unit dir of photog
2d unit cam asst
2d unit cam asst
Best boy elec
Key grip
Best boy grip
2d unit gaffer
Still photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Storyboard artist
Storyboard artist
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Leadman
Set dresser
Prop master
Asst prop master
Const coord
Scenic artist
Lead carpenter
Const
Const
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward asst
Leather clothing
Leather clothing
MUSIC
Mus supv
Mus rec and mixed at
Torrance, CA
Eng by
2d eng
Mus assistance
SOUND
Prod sd mixer
Prod sd mixer
Boom op
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Ultra stereo consultant
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Model, Spec eff unit
Dir of photog, Spec eff unit
Cam asst, Spec eff unit
Gaffer, Spec eff unit
Pyrotechnics, Spec eff unit
Title opticals
Opticals
Title des
MAKEUP
Spec makeup eff
Spec make-up eff by
Makeup supv
Makeup asst
Hairstylist
Spec eff makeup asst
Spec eff makeup asst
Spec eff makeup asst
Makeup lab asst
Makeup lab asst
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Prod controller
Transportation coord
Mechanic
Honeywagon driver
Driver
Prod coord
Scr supv
Loc mgr
Prod accountant
Extra casting
Extra casting
Casting asst
Caterer
Addl caterer
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Studio teacher
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“Underclass,” written by Alex Chilton, performed by Alex Chilton, courtesy of Venus Sound Music
“Searching For Satisfaction,” written by John Brannen and D. Gilmore, performed by John Brannen, courtesy of Apache Records
“Good Guys And Bad Guys,” written by David Lowery, Jonathan Segel, Greg Lisner, Victor Krummenacher, Chris Pedersen, Chris Molla, performed by Camper Van Beethoven, courtesy of Pitch-A-Tent Records
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SONGS
“Underclass,” written by Alex Chilton, performed by Alex Chilton, courtesy of Venus Sound Music
“Searching For Satisfaction,” written by John Brannen and D. Gilmore, performed by John Brannen, courtesy of Apache Records
“Good Guys And Bad Guys,” written by David Lowery, Jonathan Segel, Greg Lisner, Victor Krummenacher, Chris Pedersen, Chris Molla, performed by Camper Van Beethoven, courtesy of Pitch-A-Tent Records
“Where Fools Are King,” written by Jeffrey Steele, performed by Jeffrey Steele, courtesy of Semariva Music
“Do What Your Big Mama Told You,” written by Richard Loring and Patrick Mitchell, performed by Catherine Carlen, courtesy of Sea Lore Music and Ainsley Music
“Price To Pay,” written by Lucinda Williams, performed by Lucinda Williams, courtesy of Rough Trade Records and Bug Music
“Cuban Rebel Girl,” written by Tav Falco, performed by Tav Falco’s Panther Burns, courtesy of New Rose Records
“Back In The Red,” written by Damien Lovelock and James Darroch, performed by The Celibate Rifles, courtesy of What Goes On Records
“Today Could Be The Day,” written by Peter Holsapple, performed by The dB’s, courtesy of I.R.S. Records.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
10 May 1991
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 10 May 1991
Los Angeles opening: 24 May 1991
Physical Properties:
Sound
Recorded in Ultra-Stereo®
Color
Duration(in mins):
89
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29712
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The Cycle Sluts, an all-female motorcycle gang, enter a diner in the small desert community of Zariah. At the cemetery, mortician Ralph Willum conducts a funeral for the town butcher, even though the casket contains only sandbags. On the outskirts of town, an army of zombies breaks free from a mine after eating a young boy. A bus from St. Peter’s Home for Blind Orphans is stranded on a nearby road, with its occupants unaware of the approaching zombies. While searching the town for a sex partner, a Cycle Slut named Lucile is killed by Ralph Willum and taken to his mortuary for embalming. The mortician orders his diminutive servant, Bob, to kill all of the gang members and have them in the mine by morning. Bob refuses the assignment, but Willum coerces him with the motto, “If God had wanted me to do normal stuff, he would’ve made me look like normal people.” The Cycle Sluts arrange trysts with members of the community, inadvertently frustrating Bob’s attempts on their lives. T. C., an aspiring music producer, develops a romance with “Booge” Bugiere, son of the town sheriff; Rusty, an ex-prostitute, seduces a mechanic; and Dede, the town’s former homecoming queen, reunites with her estranged husband, Donny. Rox, the gang’s leader, interrupts a wake at the saloon with a provocative song and dance in front of the jukebox. Afterward, she muses to her mute comrade, Tanya, about resigning her position in deference to Dede. A bar patron accosts Tanya and Rox comes to her defense, resulting in a brawl. Outside, drunken Sheriff Bugiere staggers toward the Cycle ... +


The Cycle Sluts, an all-female motorcycle gang, enter a diner in the small desert community of Zariah. At the cemetery, mortician Ralph Willum conducts a funeral for the town butcher, even though the casket contains only sandbags. On the outskirts of town, an army of zombies breaks free from a mine after eating a young boy. A bus from St. Peter’s Home for Blind Orphans is stranded on a nearby road, with its occupants unaware of the approaching zombies. While searching the town for a sex partner, a Cycle Slut named Lucile is killed by Ralph Willum and taken to his mortuary for embalming. The mortician orders his diminutive servant, Bob, to kill all of the gang members and have them in the mine by morning. Bob refuses the assignment, but Willum coerces him with the motto, “If God had wanted me to do normal stuff, he would’ve made me look like normal people.” The Cycle Sluts arrange trysts with members of the community, inadvertently frustrating Bob’s attempts on their lives. T. C., an aspiring music producer, develops a romance with “Booge” Bugiere, son of the town sheriff; Rusty, an ex-prostitute, seduces a mechanic; and Dede, the town’s former homecoming queen, reunites with her estranged husband, Donny. Rox, the gang’s leader, interrupts a wake at the saloon with a provocative song and dance in front of the jukebox. Afterward, she muses to her mute comrade, Tanya, about resigning her position in deference to Dede. A bar patron accosts Tanya and Rox comes to her defense, resulting in a brawl. Outside, drunken Sheriff Bugiere staggers toward the Cycle Sluts, demanding they leave town. Ralph Willum resents the sheriff’s interference and stabs him with a scalpel. The barroom brawl spills onto the street, attracting armed townspeople who threaten to lynch the women. Donny emerges from the group and begs Dede to resume their marriage. Rox tells Dede to choose between Donny and the gang, but when Dede declines to answer, Rox threatens to kill her. After the gang rides out of town, Donny expresses his desire to start a family with Dede, as all of the young women in town are dead. Although he attributes the deaths to bad luck, Dede suspects something more sinister, and searches the town for Lucile. Upon discovering her comrade’s motorcycle outside the mortuary, Dede enters through the embalming room and finds Lucile’s body. Donny follows and is shot to death by Ralph Willum. Dede hides inside the cooler with Donny’s corpse, and witnesses the mortician insert a battery in Sheriff Bougiere’s skull. Using Donny as bait, Dede draws zombie Lucile into the cooler, then pushes Ralph in after her. Bob arrives seconds later and informs his master of the zombies’ escape from the mine. Dede joins the gang at an abandoned building outside of town, where Rox challenges her to a fight. Across the road, as the Clutter family is besieged by zombies, daughter Mae Clutter accidentally sets fire to the house while using a torch to defend her baby. When Tanya hears the baby cry, she breaks her silence by demanding that Rox and Dede stop fighting and rescue the child. Afterward, the women decide to leave Zariah, aware that they are caught between a lynch mob and an advancing army of zombies. They pass the stranded orphanage bus as zombies surround it, and a gang member named Jewel rides to the children’s aid. However, a zombie jumps onto her motorcycle, causing it to crash and burn underneath the bus. Bob appears in his master’s hearse as Dede leads her comrades in diverting the zombies. She commandeers the hearse and rescues the orphans, moments before the bus explodes. Afterward, Bob explains that Ralph Willum owns a mine containing a deadly radioactive element. Unable to hire living employees, Willum became the town mortician and used reanimated corpses to work the mine. He coerced Bob to participate in the slaughter by promising to make him tall. The residents of Zariah put aside their hatred for the Cycle Sluts and offer them $750 to eradicate the zombies. Although they have the capability, the townspeople are unable to fire on their reanimated loved ones. Rox refuses the offer and rides out of town, but returns when the battle is underway. Ralph Willum arms the zombies with rifles, forcing the women to take cover in a hardware store, where they discover a stockpile of dynamite. They devise a plan to gather all of the zombies into the church, using the orphans as bait. Dede drives an ice cream truck loaded with raw meat and a time bomb through the front of the building. As the zombies feed on the meat, Dede and the orphans leave through the back door. However, Ralph Willum blocks the door with a dumpster, and while most of the children escape, Dede and an orphan named Lance remain trapped inside. Within seconds, the bomb detonates, and as Willum stares in horror at the holocaust, he is attacked and eaten by one of the zombies. Although they are presumed dead, Dede and Lance emerge unharmed from the church steeple. In the morning, the Cycle Sluts induct the orphans as honorary members, and receive payment from the townspeople. Booge and another young man join the gang, and assist in sealing the mine with dynamite. Rox tosses the money into the wind as a lone zombie staggers through the desert. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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