Why was I watching it? Seriously, with a name like Psycho Stripper, how couldn’t I watch it!? There’s an art to coming up with a good title and whoever came up with Psycho Stripper has obviously perfected that art. The title was so great that I even abandoned the neighborhood Cinco De Mayo party early, just so I could watch the movie in the comfort of my own home. That’s the power of a perfect title!
Also, I have to give some credit to Lifetime, here. Before they showed Psycho Stripper, they showed Magic Mike. So, on Sunday night, viewers got a chance to see two separate versions of the life of a male stripper, the yellow-tinted Steven Soderbergh version (seriously, I like Magic Mike but, whenever I watch it, I worry all that yellow is going to burn my retinas) and the wonderfully over-the-top Lifetime version!
What Was It About?
Amber (Karissa Lee Staples) owns her own dance studio, has a lot of friends, and is about to get married to the wealthy (if kinda wimpy) Owen (Mark Hapka).
Hunter (Tyler Johnson) is a handsome and charming male stripper who dresses up like a fireman, can change a flat tire, and who happens to be really good with an ax.
Together, they solve crimes!
No, not really. Instead, Hunter shows up at Amber’s bachelorette party. He’s supposed to just be a part of the night’s entertainment but, instead, Hunter keeps showing up wherever Amber happens to be. First, he just wants dance lessons. Then, he’s kind of dating Amber’s best friend, Taryn (Rachele Brooke Smith). Then, he’s bringing Amber a gift to thank her for the lessons. Suddenly, he’s asking Amber if she wants to get lunch! Amber doesn’t think that it’s a good idea for her to have lunch with Hunter, especially since Owen seems to have a hang-up about her hanging out with a mysterious man who has a great body.
Then again, Owen has issues of his own. For instance, he doesn’t seem to have quite gotten over his previous girlfriend, the one who died mysteriously….
Okay, so I absolutely loved this movie. I mean, how couldn’t I? It combined two of my favorite things: over-the-top, in-your-face melodrama and dancing! This movie was a lot of fun and Tyler Johnson really threw himself into playing the role of the psycho stripper.
The film also had a bit of a subversive side, as well. Hunter may be a psycho but you still kind of find yourself on his side, if just because everyone else in the movie is so judgmental of him and how he makes his living. Owen’s family is extremely wealthy and all of his friends are extremely privileged. When they start giving Hunter a hard time about being a stripper (with one of them even throwing a dollar bill at him), you can’t help but feel a little bit bad for him. (Of course, then he starts killing people and you’re like, “Okay, never mind….”)
My favorite character was Taryn, who was not only a good dancer but also the greatest best friends that one could possibly hope for. She got all the best lines. My personal favorite was, “We’re going to get in this car and plow his ass down!”
What Didn’t Work?
It all worked. This was Lifetime at its best.
“Oh my God! Just like me!” Moments
A Lifetime film set in a dance studio? To be honest, almost the entire film was an “Oh my God! Just like me!” moment. I related to Taryn. I’d like to think that, if there was a psycho wandering around outside, I too would be smart enough to grab a knife before going outside.
The last Bachelorette Party that I went to had a stripping fireman, just like this movie. However, I don’t think he ever killed anyone. Actually, rumor has it that he was a real fireman who had too much to drink that night. Who knows? Life is indeed a crazy tapestry.
Beware of strippers bearing gifts.