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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

Sugar for the Babies

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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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

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

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 20 people found the following review useful:

What's with all the bad reviews?

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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Just don't

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

Author: Uriah43 from Amarillo, Texas
7 November 2012

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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

Author: Woodyanders ( 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.

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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18 out of 35 people found the following review useful:

Calling All Playboy Bunnies - STAT!

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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Watch for fun and don't take it seriously!

Author: LasKeepsItReal
25 March 2014

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The movie starts with a teenage blind girl and her friend having a car accident, seemingly the blind girls friend dies and she is then taken to hospital. She has contracted an infection from some kind of alien seed. One of the candy stripers tries to help her stay alive but is also infected after they kiss. From then on the candy stripers are infecting each other, slaughtering people or trying to breed with several of the men in the hospital. They also like very sweet things but you will have to see to find out why!

It is up to a group of high school students who become trapped within the hospital to try and put an end to the madness. This film does offer something most viewers would like to see:horror,nudity,gore and some comedy too. Don't expect to see a great film although for its budget i feel as though it worked well with a few likable characters, the way in which the candy stripers were killed was unusual and there is a scene where one of the main candy stripers transforms into an alien and shows her true self.

Fairly predictable with a straight forward plot!

My rating is 5 out of 10!

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Sugar me

Author: CHUDtheBUD from Germany
16 September 2013

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An Alien parasite takes over Candy Stripers and Nurses in a Hospital increasing their sex drive (and cravings for sugar), then using the screwed males as cocooned hosts for their unborn slimy babies. It's up to a few high school friends to save the day, however, only the sweetest girl of the bunch who happens to have diabetes seems to know how to stop this erotic but deadly alien Invasion. Glossy Z-film that reminded me of Decoys minus silly humor. Not saying Candy Stripers is without goofy moments but sadly it ain't necessarily the better movie either. Not bad enough to dismiss, not good enough to praise. It won't hurt to rent and watch once - unless you can find better movies with a similar theme.

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