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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

Sugar for the Babies

6/10
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
22 December 2007

In a lonely road in Wucaipa, something attacks the driver of a car and her blind friend Tammy (Sarah Ball). They have a car accident; Tammy survives and is sent to the Wucaipa General Hospital. Meanwhile, a high school basketball team fights with the opponents in the square and the captain Matt (Brian Lloyd) with a broken leg, and his injured friends Joey (William Edwards Jr.) and Brian (Kevin Thomas Fee) are sent to the same hospital. Tammy is near death and asks the candy striper nurse Janine (Deanna Brooks) to kiss her. While kissing as a gesture of sympathy, an alien invades the mouth of Janine and infects her; she infects others nurses, clerks, doctors and patients, initiating an exponential virus outbreak in the hospital. Joey's sister Cherie (T. White) that has a crush on Matt stays with them in the hospital. When Joey is infected by a hot nurse during the night, he has webbing on the face and rush, and Matt asks Cherie to call his girlfriend Krystal (Nicole Rayburn) to help them to leave the hospital. But the place is under quarantine and the candy strippers need sugar to procreate a breed of alien.

The B-movie "Candy Stripers" recalls those movies from the 50's, more specifically "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", but spiced with erotic scenes and really hot actresses, highlighting the playmate Deanna Brooks and the sexy good actress Nicole Rayburn of "Kisses and Caroms". The story is flawed, this low-budget movie is not the eighth wonder of the world and will not be nominated to the Oscar, but the IMDb User Rating is very unfair, maybe due to prejudice against the gorgeous and sexy playmates. I found "Candy Stripers" a very entertaining and funny film. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Hospital Macabro" ("Macabre Hospital")

Note: On 16 August 2015, I saw this movie again.

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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

Nurse! I'll need some of that sweet sugary medicine!

5/10
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls
12 December 2007

You can derive a whole lot from a movie's title as well as from the image displayed on the DVD-cover. If you're going to complain about how terrible, amateurish and stupid THIS particular movie is, perhaps you should have thought about that before, for example when choosing to watch a movie that is called "Candy Stripers" and that cheerfully depicts three sexy nurses with half-rotten faces licking lollipops on the cover. Obviously this is a pretty insignificant and quite retarded B-movie, but it's undeniably entertaining and at least it respects the good old principle of the three B's. Blood, boobs and beast! There's enough blood & gore to fill a couple of buckets, boobs of the sexiest type of women (=nurses) and beast because the yummy girls are in fact malicious aliens. Slimy alien creatures invade a small American town's hospital. What exactly their purpose is or why specifically they chose this offbeat location is apparently of no importance whatsoever. They exclusively prefer to use the bodies of attractive young candy striper nurses as hosts (hey, who can blame them?), force them to feed on sugary treats and transform them into even hotter & sexier man-eaters. The girls then subsequently seduce the men in the hospital and unleash throbbing monster before the horny victims can unleash theirs. Among the endangered remaining humans trying to escape the hospital are a clique of teenage basketball players and their cheerleader girlfriends. Personally, I look at "Candy Stripers" as a cheesy and amusingly inept homage to silly B-movies of the 80's. The main characters are all stereotypes, the script is incoherent as can be, the candy stripers are purely cast on their looks and may elements in the story don't make the least bit of sense. The hospital, for example, had issues long before the aliens ever took over the place. The doctors were already sexist men that drink Schnapps during their shifts and the nursing staff has meetings about the outbreak of deadly viruses in the middle of the hall where patients and visitors can hear them. The teenage protagonists are all insufferable and you hope for them to die quick and painfully. Especially the main cheerleader is a true caricature. Nobody can be that vain and shallow! The concept of "Candy Stripes" has a lot in common with another recently released horror/comedy called "Decoys". Both films are recommended, albeit very forgettable.

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13 out of 21 people found the following review useful:

What's with all the bad reviews?

6/10
Author: Pet_Rock from United States
15 August 2006

A blind girl (Sarah Ball) infected with an alien seed lies in a hospital bed, a candy striper (Deanna Brooks) watching her. "Give me a kiss" she asks and the candy striper, a little weirded out, gives this dying girl her last wish. While they kiss, an alien pops out her mouth and infects her as well. Now this candy striper infects the others (Monique Cooper, Eliza Swenson, Serria Tawan) and they go on a mission to either infect or kill the rest of the hospital, right as out heros (Brian Lloyd, William Edwards Jr., Kevin Thomas Fee, Nicole Rayburn, and Tori White) arrive.

Okay, everyone here is pointing out the fact that Playboy bunnies are given starring roles in this movie. Sure, they're not so great at acting, but they surprise you with OK jobs and they do more than sex scenes (There's only 2).

The special effects are pretty bad, even though I was satisfied with the aliens that pop out of the mouths and the last look at the alien in full form.

It all has a sort of "Slither" type feel. Slither in a Hospital, if you will.

A worthy entry to the "so bad it's good" pile!

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Just don't

1/10
Author: Quebec_Dragon from Canada
5 March 2012

Candy Stripers is just plain horrible, and not in a scary way, even by B-movie or Z-movie standards. In case you were curious, the title refers to the female hospital volunteers in the US that wore white uniforms with red stripes. With a title like that, you would expect some stripping and nudity, there's not much of it here on display except a couple of quick breast shots, nothing really past the half-way point. It feels and plays like a cheap TV show with an extremely low budget, kind of a B-movie Goosebumps for teens. It takes place mostly in a hospital slowly being "overrun" by sexually aggressive women possessed by slugs. I actually make it sound better than it is.

The writing is lame, the dialogue is cliché, and it doesn't even have those wonderfully corny one-liners you usually get in that type of movie. The acting is laughable and doesn't even reach TV soap quality, which would have been nice here actually. Worse, you have 2 of the main guys, supposedly teenagers, that are balding. The special effects are pathetic, and not even funny pathetic, just cheap-looking and bad (especially the distortion CGI effect when the "creatures" die). The suspense and enjoyment are non-existent, and the movie felt twice as long as it actually is. And this is from someone who usually enjoys those kind of movies as long as there's some cleverness, enthusiasm and talent behind it. This review is already too long for such a piece of manure. Don't get suckered by the cover art. Don't expect good titillation, gore or fun. Don't pay for it, don't even watch it for free. If you already did, then you now understand what I meant. You want something good in the same vein, rent Lesbian Vampire Killers instead.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

An Okay Movie

5/10
Author: Uriah43 from Amarillo, Texas
7 November 2012

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Two young women are driving on a highway at night and come across an overturned vehicle. They get out of the car to take a closer look. Realizing that something is dreadfully wrong, they get scared and drive away quickly. Unfortunately, one of the girls, "Tammy" (Sarah McGuire) has been embedded with an alien life-form and she kills the driver, "Sue" (Monique Cooper) while it is still in motion. Tammy is then taken to a hospital in a small town called Wucaipa where she embeds the alien life-form into a local candy striper named "Janine" (Deanna Brooks) before dying. At around the same time three high school basketball players, "Matt" (Brian Lloyd), "Brian" (Kevin Thomas Fee) and "Joey" (William Edwards Jr.) are injured in a game and are taken to this same hospital for treatment. Accompanying them is the sister of one of the players, "Cherie" (Torie White) and Matt's girlfriend, "Krystal" (Nicole Rayburn). From then on it becomes a struggle for life and death for all concerned. At any rate, as others have already mentioned this is not a great movie. The acting is below average, and the plot is totally predictable. Still, it has plenty of decent action and some attractive women which adds some scenery, if nothing else. That said, even though everything has pretty much been done before and this movie doesn't really go over any new ground, it was still an okay movie. Not great, but okay. And while it certainly could have been better, I've definitely seen a lot worse.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Enjoyable sci-fi/horror junk

8/10
Author: Woodyanders (Woodyanders@aol.com) from The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left
27 December 2010

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Three libidinous and predatory aliens take on the enticing forms of a trio of candy stripers at a hospital in a small California town. The gals are looking for guys to use as breeders in order to produce more of their nefarious species and take over our planet. It's up to a handful of resourceful teenagers to thwart the lovely, but lethal ladies before it's too late. Director/co-writer Kate Robbins whips up an entertaining schlockoid straight-to-video romps that hits all the necessary pleasingly trashy bases: there's a decent smattering of tasty gratuitous female nudity, groovy bits of over-the-top gore, a few pretty hot and fairly raunchy sex scenes, a steady pace, tacky (not so) special effects, and some neat offbeat touches (the evil extraterrestrial babes pig out on sugary sweets and can be killed with insulin!). This movie starts out a bit slow, but picks up energy and becomes more increasingly daft in its gloriously ridiculous second half. The cheerfully pulpy Grade B sensibility at work throughout further adds to the infectiously inane fun. The acceptable acting from the competent rates as another plus, with especially solid work from Brian Lloyd as likable nice guy basketball player Matt, Tori White as spunky diabetic Cherie, Nicole Rayburn as snotty cheerleader Krystal, William Edwards Jr. as the infected Joey, and Kevin Thomas Fee as macho meathead Brian. The ravishing Deanna Brooks, the luscious Serria Tawan, and the yummy Eliza Swenson are all quite sexy and delectable as the titular deadly, yet desirable outer space foxes. Geoffrey Schaef's crisp cinematography makes funky occasional use of strenuous slow motion. Patrick Brocca's spirited shuddery score hits the shivery spot. A deliciously cheesy hoot and a half.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Sugababes are only sweet on the outside.

3/10
Author: tyler-and-jack from Edinburgh.
5 November 2010

Candy Stripers is a bad movie and yet it's not all that bad in many ways. It has some gore in there and some teasing nudity to please undemanding genre fans but, sadly, the whole thing adds up to something much worse than the sum of it's parts.

Directed, and co-written, by Kate Robbins, this movie is one that could so easily be slated and ground into the dirt if it was directed/written by a man. The plot is as simple as any other "Body Snatchers" style tale. Some women are taken over by an alien entity and start wreaking havoc in a local hospital. It is there that the nurses (the Candy Stipers of the title) are quickly taken over. They have to keep taking lots of sugar while hunting down young men to ensnare and kill. Some of the young men in the hospital eventually figure things out and start concocting a plan to escape and/or destroy the creatures.

It's just "must try harder" in every department for this film. The acting is okay at best but often pretty terrible, not helped by a script that throws in the worst it can whenever the opportunity arises (such as a noisy encounter that doesn't even wake up someone's room-mate, a number of poor characterisations and the obligatory drawn out chase sequence - this time with someone IN A WHEELCHAIR still managing to stay ahead of a pack of hungry alien women).

Even at the most simplistic level, the movie doesn't even capitalise on it's greatest assets (no sniggering please). The playmates and other attractive women on screen tease and tease but rarely provide anything more than another poor line reading and a reason to root for the good guys.

Occasional good effects and an attractive cast save this from scoring any lower but it's a movie best forgotten while you have any other options and don't be fooled into giving it a try even if you (as I do) like films such as Species and Decoys. This is nowhere near as much fun as those movies.

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8 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

Sex appeal and gore helps it but the weak acting drags it.

5/10
Author: Crazyfarts from Australia
3 June 2006

When the Candy Stripers in a small town Hospital are taken over by voracious aliens, they become killing machines hell bent on breeding... playboy playmates Deanna Brooks and Serria Tawan star in this campy-horror feature.

Injured in an out-of-town college basketball game Matt and his team-mates end up in the local hospital. He suffers a broken leg and is placed in traction making him unable to move. Really weird things are happening... the sweet young Candy Stripers are seducing all the men in the hospital, then wrapping them in a hideous web-like substance. Matt realizes he and his friends must escape but after the hospital is put under quarantine they're trapped! Heading for the basement they find a terrifying scene... an alien makeshift maternity ward! Yet another small DTV release desperately seeking attention. Candy Stripers is a borderline film as far as entertainment is concerned, it really is leaning on the edge waiting to be shoved into the zone of regret. The fact that it was a combination of playmates and aliens in a film, the temptation and curiosity was too much for me to pass up. Especially with the voluptuous DVD cover art that the movie possesses.

So to explain this movie, you just need to follow a fairly laid out pattern. Sex scene, sex scene, gore scene, sex scene, gore scene, gore scene, almost a sex scene... wait yes, we get a sex scene, more gore etc. Really, that's pretty much it. Not really a bad thing but it's also not favoring the movie as far as the premise is concerned. As the movie started, I told my wife "It'll probably have a sex scene every five minutes." Lo' and behold... it was like that.

There are some fairly decent gore moments in the film, not surprising but pulled off quite successfully and does not have an over-abundance of poor CGI effects. There is some CG imagery, even though it's not great it's still tolerable especially when comparing to a lot of the other recent direct-to-video horror flicks. It passes the effects test just barely, a fun watch for the gore indeed.

The thing that holds Candy Stripers down is its plot and actors. Neither are worth the time of the day. The plot is tiring, overdone and has no substance. The opening scene is actually one of the worst scenes in the movie and is NOT a good first impression for the viewer, keep watching though... it gradually gets better but loses steam near the end. The two actors in the scene seemed to just be reading their lines and not showing any "real" emotion what-so-ever. Also the fact that they were driving a car that didn't look like it was moving and when it was moving it made them look like they never even passed their driving test.

A good one-time viewing but only for gore fans. If you're looking for anything more than unnecessary sex scenes and gore/violence, you're not going to enjoy this much at all.

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18 out of 35 people found the following review useful:

Calling All Playboy Bunnies - STAT!

1/10
Author: elliotdowning from Australia
29 July 2006

Firstly, let us state that we were promised strong, if not gratuitous, sex scenes. We were sorely disappointed. We got mediocre breasticle action - if that - from women who should, by definition, be professional hookers.

Secondly, we call attention to the anomaly of the blonde cheerleader's unusually erect nipples - particularly watch out for those babies in the second half of the film...They practically wink at you from her green halter-neck.

Thirdly, what is Naomi Campbell doing trying to act?

A fourth point is that the orange blood used in many killings isn't fooling anyone.

Finally, this movie is built on the flimsy premise that hospital staff go around snogging patients on their death beds simply because they ask for a kiss. Had they been able to control their urges, this movie would never have come to fruition - and we'd all be better for it.

P.S. Tell the fat matron to find another day job!

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Solid if decently enjoyable effort

7/10
Author: GL84 from Los Angeles, Ca
22 May 2017

After being sent to a local hospital, a high-school basketball player and his teammates find that the staff is actually a race of aliens disguised as sexy nurses looking to score more bodies for their conquest plans and forces them to band together to escape alive.

This one wasn't all that bad and did have some solid points. One of the more enjoyable aspects of this one is the fact that it really plays out the fantasy aspect of the aliens. The sensuality of their physical appearances, their uniforms and the general air of sultriness that comes from the prospect of them being disguised as nurses really works here, and the fact that this allows for the great scenes of them seducing everyone in order to turn them. With these scenes constituting the majority of the first half here where it's all about the hidden identity of the aliens and their behavior towards the group not only lets this get plenty of sleazy thrills out of the prospect of getting the nurses to seduce and turn them, and once things take a far more morbid turn when they discover the true nature of them it becomes far more enjoyable as this turns into a series of great action-packed set-pieces that are rather enjoyable. The attacks with the nurses coming after the group as they attempt to leave the hospital, make for quite a fine series of chases, the constant turns deep into the hospital where they find the corridors leading into the basement where all the previous victims are stored in a cocoon-like setup which offers plenty of chilling images showing the bodies all tied up and laying down the big barricades in the boiler room to finally stop them all gives this the kind of great action in the final half. Even the fun attack where the nurses go on the offensive in the lobby ripping everyone to pieces including all the patients and guards which is quite the enjoyable time as that really brings out the great blood and gore nicely. These here are the film's positives which are more than enough to overcome the few flaws here. The biggest issue is the fact that there's no reason for the aliens to be there at the hospital since there's nothing given about the small-town hospital being needed or what they're actually trying to do, and the fact that there's little actual screen time for the alien. It has a rather confusing nature in the first half as well since there's little in the way in which they take over the hospital without them knowing what's going on, as this manages to really seem quite illogical how they managed to accomplish this without anyone knowing as they finally discover the threat halfway through finally forcing them into action at that point to keep the secret. Along with some shoddy CGI that pops up, these here are what hold it back.

Rated R: Graphic Violence, Graphic Language, Nudity and some sexual scenes.

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