Dance with Death Release Date: 1992 Genre: Thriller Director(s): Charles Philip Moore (Blackbelt, Angel of Destruction) Writer(s): Daryl Hanay (Mirror Images II, Animal Instincts II) Starring: Maxwell Caulfield, Barbara Alyn Woods, Martin Mul Ahhh … Going undercover as a stripper or sex worker to investigate a crime. It sounds like a wonderful way for a […]

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Dance with Death
Release Date: 1992
Genre: Thriller
Director(s): Charles Philip Moore (Blackbelt, Angel of Destruction)
Writer(s): Daryl Hanay (Mirror Images II, Animal Instincts II)
Starring: Maxwell Caulfield, Barbara Alyn Woods, Martin Mul

Ahhh … Going undercover as a stripper or sex worker to investigate a crime. It sounds like a wonderful way for a young female to make a living. B-movie writers, producers, and directors have a different outlook on the field though, as is evidenced by erotic thrillers like Dance with Death, which seem to point to the profession as being quite dangerous.

Before I begin, let me just throw this out there. How can I criticize a movie that uses one of the most ludicrous plots in the book? Seriously. It’d be like breaking the legs of a quadriplegic.

Strippers at the Bottoms Up, a club owned by the crude, cigar smoking Art (the oddly cast Mull), are getting picked off by a killer. Despite this, Art has no plans to cut some slack to his girls, and there’s no chance he’ll be assisting the cops in their investigation. Meanwhile, frustrated news reporter Kelly (Woods) has vowed to stop doing cushy human-interest stories. After painstakingly convincing her boss to authority it, Kelly goes undercover at Art’s club as the new girl. Everywhere around Kelly are suspects; the wandering Shaughnessy (Caulfield), the creepy guy with glasses (future MadTV stalwart McDonald, who did tons of bit parts in Corman films around this time), and of course, Art. Will she be able to survive her (pause for dramatic effect) DANCE WITH DEATH?

There are six pairs of breasts on display, Lisa Kudrow has a bit role, and Martin Mull and Barbara Alyn Woods have fun with their roles. There’s the highlight reel for Dance with Death.

Like many of Roger Corman’s “lunatics sure do hate strippers” movies, Dance with Death doesn’t deliver all that much. The only way Death can be classified as erotic is if breasts (and nothing else) are your idea of a good time. It barely qualifies as a slasher due to its complete lack of suspense, and thrilling is hardly the right word to describe it either.
It has nothing that’s going to keep your attention, but if you like to do five things at once like myself, it may make for a good time waster.

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