Wholly unrelated to its nominal predecessor, STRIPTEASER II is 78 minutes of female flesh only minimally interrupted by the outline of a grim plot that would be depressing were it possible to take it seriously.
Cabbie Martin (Rick Jordan) combs LA's strip bars for his 16-year-old sister, Lisa, a runaway. His search brings him to a bar where, rumor has it, the second floor is a club reserved for members only. When he tries to show the patrons a flyer with his Lisa's photo on it, he is kicked out. Angie
(Stacey Leigh Mobley) is forced to work as a dancer in order to cover her father's gambling debt to Nick (Matt Preston), the club's manager. Behind Nick's back, Daphne (Kim Dawson), the club's owner and Nick's lover, puts the innocent Angie upstairs. The club's most important client is Chief of
Police Bronson (Joe Richards), a violent sadist who is demanding fresh girls. Angie is ushered into his special room, where he dresses as the Grim Reaper and prepares her for a "purifying" ceremony. She escapes, aided by Martin, who has entered the club in disguise to search for Lisa. Martin
learns that Lisa is dead, killed in one of Bronson's rituals. He goes back the following night in disguise, armed and bent on revenge. He sees Angie, who has foolishly returned, tied up by Bronson, who plans to use her as a "virgin sacrifice" to revive his true love--Lisa, whose lifeless body is
hanging in the room. In the ensuing scuffle, Martin grabs a battleaxe from the wall and decapitates Bronson.
Borrowing its minimal plot from TAXI DRIVER (1976) and HARDCORE (1979), STRIPTEASER II takes the tactic of excoriating the skin trade while giving viewers a double eyeful at every chance. But while the plot is minimal (and may have been trimmed from what was intended), it is treated with perfect
seriousness, giving the film a consistently nasty feel. This is matched by the odd visual texture of the movie, which was shot in a video process that approximates the look of film. Like many Roger Corman productions, STRIPTEASER II looks better than it has any right to, presumably the result of
young behind-the-scenes talent in need of a stepping stone to better things. In the interest of providing information sought by the potential market for movies like this, it should be noted that the (mostly uncredited) dancers who occupy the bulk of the film's running time are attractive and
voluptuous, and appear to have come by their impressive anatomies by birth rather than cosmetic enhancement. (Graphic violence, extensive nudity, sexual situations, adult situations, substance abuse, profanity.)
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- Released: 1997
- Rating: NR
- Review: Wholly unrelated to its nominal predecessor, STRIPTEASER II is 78 minutes of female flesh only minimally interrupted by the outline of a grim plot that would be depressing were it possible to take it seriously. Cabbie Martin (Rick Jordan) combs LA's strip… (more)