BITCH SLAP (UR)
Reviewed by: JimmyO
What's it about
Three hotties find themselves in the middle of the desert, looking for stolen diamonds. While the trio starts off as a team, jealousy and a stable of odd characters pop in and out and turn the three against each other. Nothing like a good girl fight, right?
Is it good movie?
When I first experienced the fine feature called Bitch Slap, I was a little disappointed. Sure I liked it, but it seemed there were a whole lot of teases and dares and sometimes the sex seemed a tad light. Basically, you have three incredibly hot girls, Hel (Erin Cummings), Trixie (Julia Voth) and Camero (America Olivo), who are involved in some dangerous business involving stolen goods. The three ladies are stunning and really sink their teeth into the over-the-top dialogue they spew. So right there, even if the movie was absolutely horrible, the eye candy is great. But aside from a couple of nice shots involving an extra wet water fight, the nudity consists of stripper extras. Even when they get into the lesbian sex scenes, the clothes stay on for the most part. It seemed odd that the leading ladies in an exploitation flick kept it all on. Buy hey, itís all still pretty sexy either way.
Director Rick Jacobson has a bunch of fun with this concept. By keeping it simple with a single location for the most part, and a ton of green screen shots, he shakes things up in other ways. He plays around with film speeds, and uses a ton of split screen. Considering that this is a homage/satire/parody of films like Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, this looks pretty sharp. Jacobson didnít seem to feel the need to dirty it up so it looked cheap. This is a sexy film that looks great on DVD. And while it plays it straight for the most part, the filmmakers are quite aware of what they are doing, and it never takes itself too seriously. Not at all, this is basically broads, guns and fights sequences. And while I felt the girl on girl (and guy) fights were good enough, originally the seemed to last too long. Especially the final half hour with a battle that seems to go on forever. But it was great to see the always entertaining Zoe Bell as the stunt coordinator for the film. No wonder why they utilized her as much as they did.
Aside from the girls, there were a nice handful of cameos from Jacobsonís earlier work. This includes folk from his Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Adventures days. We have Lucy Lawless, Renee OíConnor, Kevin Sorbo and a scantily clad Michael Hurst as badass Gage. They all seem to relish the ridiculousness. And when it comes to the main trio of beauties, they are all quite entertaining. Yet I have to say that Ms. Erin Cummings stood out. I liked her large and in charge take on Hel. This T and A extravaganza is not a great film. If you arenít into the sex and guns type of thing, this probably wonít be your type of entertainment. I personally wouldíve liked a few more laughs, but I did have a smile on my face, and I certainly enjoyed the eye candy. Call it a good bad film, but Bitch Slap is definitely worth a home viewing or two. Although I didnít see a huge difference in the theatrical version, and this ďunratedĒ cut, thatís okay because Iím sure there is a quick moment of gore or breasts added in for good measure.
Video / Audio
Video: Wow! This 2.35:1 Widescreen transfer looks sharp. I truly think that this was meant to be seen in the comfort of your home.
Audio: This bitch slap sounds nice and sharp thanks to the 5.1 Dolby Digital. You can not only feel, but hear the sting.
Bitch Slap is one of those DVDís that offer up just a small handful of extras, but they certainly didnít skimp on the quality.
Starting it all off are two Audio Commentaries . The first includes the filmmakers, Rick Jacobson, Erick Gruendemann and Brian Peck. They give a pretty insightful look on the making of the film and how everything somehow managed to come together. From the cast to the behind the scenes, they add a lot of energy and it is nice to hear the excitement they all share.
Speaking of excitement, the second commentary features the girls. Youíve got Erin Cummings, America Olivo and Julia Voth. While this is not as insightful, it sure is fun. They seem to work quite nicely together, and it is a pleasure listening to their reactions to certain lines, or the challenges of digging. I found them all to be very charming and beautiful ladies.
Finally, we have the informative Building a Better B-Movie (1:39) making of documentary. While it is presented in three parts, you can watch this fun feature straight through. Again, I loved the energy behind this film, from the cast to the filmmakers. It was really fun to see Lucy Lawless and Renee OíConnor messing around in nunís habits. And I have to say that Michael Hurst is really a funny guy. Maybe an hour and a half documentary is sort of overkill for this movie, but I enjoyed it. In fact, I think it is sometimes more interesting seeing how low budget filmmakers have to struggle to put a movie together as opposed to a huge budget blockbusterís troubles.
After watching Bitch Slap for the second time, I had a bit more fun than I did the first time around. And no, it has nothing to do with the unrated issue. While I do think the movie couldíve pushed harder on that old envelope, I did have fun with what was there. The ladies are a blast to watch, and so are the many amusing cameos. Director Rick Jacobson has a whole lot of fun with these num nums, and he keeps everything looking sharp, even if it occasionally feels a little forced. Still, if you are a fan of exploitation cinema, you might very well want to get slapped.