Sunday, March 7, 2010
Bitch Slap (2009, Rick Jacobson)
Labeled as being a throwback to the Grindhouse Exploitation films of yore, I was immediately curious about Bitch Slap. The artwork looked promising with three bad ass chicks with weapons. Beyond that though, I really didn't know what to expect and only hoped for the best.
Bitch Slap is the tale of three ladies, Hel (Erin Cummings), Camero (America Olivo) and Trixie (Julia Voth). They venture out into the desert in search for a wealth of diamonds. While there, we also meet up with Gage (Michael Hurst), the man who knows where the treasure is, a couple of cyberpunks and a dufus deputy. Before we know it, the girls all turn on each other and all hell breaks loose.
Bitch Slap has a lot of problems, unfortunately. The story is nonsensical, the camera work and overuse of CGI, Green Screens (to save on location filming or even building sets, no doubt) and special effects are annoying. I actually had no idea what was going on half of the time. As with many "throwback" films of today, Bitch Slap has its fair share of cameos. Unfortunately, director Rick Jacobson's past includes directing some episodes of Xena and Hercules, which explains cameos by Kevin Sorbo and Lucy Lawless, not really helping the film either. The only things that made the film somewhat watchable were the female leads and the fight scenes. Zoe Bell did a terrific job coordinating the stunts and the fight sequences. The no holds barred fight between the three ladies at the end was stunning. There were some nice steamy scenes too, which helped the film. My suggestion would be to watch the film in fast forward and stop it when you see the girls kissing or fighting.