Three gorgeous women in the middle of a desert with a beaten, nearly naked man in the trunk of their hot rod. As each gets out of the car, there is a long, slow-motionlingering shot, starting at each woman's long, shapely legs, tight bottoms, sliding up to ample bosoms, and finally reaching their faces....thus begins Bitch Slap, a 2009 movie that had a very limited initial release, but made quite an impression at various film festivals and eventually made it to DVD release in March, 2010.The makers of this film, alumni of Sam Raimi's Hercules and Xena franchises, sat down one day, between projects, and tried to think: "how do we make a movie that people will watch with a limited budget and using only day shoots?" The answer, of course, is to simply put sexy girls Hel, Trixie, and Camero in revealing outfits in the middle of the desert, then have them fight, flaunt, and fornicate their way through a convoluted, Troperiffic plot.Of particular note here is the involvement of Badass kiwi Action Girl stuntwoman and fight choreographer Zoe Bell. The producers again called in favors from their Xena: Warrior Princess days; she was Lucy Lawless's stunt double. Her influence and expertise is one of the things that elevates this movie from mere exploitation schlock to awesome exploitation schlock.
Bittersweet Ending: True, everyone except Trixie and Hel die bloodily, and Trixie is revealed to actually be Pinky and she leaves Hel sobbing in the desert.... but Hel's not in a terrible position. There are, presumably, at least two functional cars in the near vicinity (Hot Wire and Kinki's, and Deputy Fuchs's) and the rest of Gage's cache seems to be untouched. And the nanomachines are missing, but not activated. At the least, she can get herself to safety (and solvency) if she hurries.
Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Trixie is brunette, Hel is redheaded and while Camero isn't blonde per se, she has the lightest hair.
Fanservice: And how! Just as an example of the lengths they go to for this trope, at one point the three leads have a five minute water fight, in the middle of the desert, drenching all of them, while they're worried that someone might be coming after them.
Fiery Redhead / Dyeing for Your Art: Hel. The "making of" documentary says that both the actress, Erin Cummings, and the producers came up with the idea that Hel should be a redhead separately, just before shooting.
Flashback Effects: The multitude of flashback sequences are obviously filmed on green screen, partially because it's cheaper for all those location shots, and partially because of camp value.
Improvised Weapon: In a deleted flashback scene, Hel uses a high heel as a boomerang to disable a thug assaulting Trixie — and follows it with a Pre Ass Kicking One Liner "You need to work on your nurturing skills, Daddy-O."
Nipple and Dimed: Despite being one of the most Fanservicey movies ever made, there's only one shot of an actual, unclothed female nipple in even the Unrated Edition. Made up for with a whole lotta Amazing Colossal Cleavage shots.
Non-Fatal Explosions: Almost to the level of Looney Tunes. Camero and Deputy Fuchs are both caught in massive explosions, but emerge with no visible damage other than charred clothing.
Noodle Incident: For a long while, it looks like the Glory Hole incident was going to be noodle-y. Then the trope is averted in, ahem, glorious fashion when that particular flashback finally kicks in.
Overt Operative: Really, Hel isn't very good at hiding this whole secret agent thing.
The Plan: Pinky's master plan: have Mr. Phoenix send Hel undercover in the women's prison where Camero is rotting after being caught at the convent with the diamonds, so they'll plan to get the location of Gage's secret stash, where the diamonds and nanobot canister of doom are... but the actual target is the sword that Gage also stole, that happens to be Pinky's most prized possession.
Gambit Pileup: Gage has a hit squad waiting at the nanoweapon sale, so either he gets the diamonds or gets to keep both if the deal goes south. It works out so well that he even gets Pinky's sword in the process. This leads to Pinky's plan which involves tapping Hel to recruit Camaro and "Trixie" to get the location of Gage's stash, which begets Hel manipulating Camaro into being her dumb muscle.
The Pornomancer: Camero works her way through a convent, does a contortionist at a circus, and even hits on the girlfriend of the guy she just messily murdered.
Psycho Lesbian: Zigzagged throughout the movie. All three protagonists are lesbians, but how mentally stable are they really? Is Camero really psycho, or is she merely temporarily high on drugs while going through a fit of Woman Scorned? Is Hel a psychopath who will kill everyone? And will the sweet innocent stripper Trixie survive through the story without having a complete meltdown? Maybe, maybe not? No need to answer those questions here. Clues in different directions are sprinkled throughout the film, and maybe just maybe you'll find out in the end.
Cameos of Xena: Warrior Princess actors are endless: Lucy Lawless (Xena), Renée O'Connor (Gabrielle), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), Michael Hurst (Iolaus), William Gregory Lee (Virgil) and of course the aforementioned Zoe Bell (stunts).
In one of the flashbacks, Trixie does Xena's trademark 'flip' jump - straight onto Gage.
Kinki's weapon - while not quite like the Chakram itself, is quite reminiscent of it in it's style. Also: the Katana.
Flesh Force Foxy in probably a reference to Fox Force Five, a show with a very similar premise described by Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction.
Stripperific: Justified in some cases by the fact that some characters are actually strippers, it's played straight for most of the other female characters. At one point Camero rips a nun's robe off herself to reveal a leather thong bikini. She keeps the habit.
Wet Sari Scene: What do three hot chicks in the middle of the desert do when they're tired of digging in the sand for hidden loot? Use all their water in a gratuitous five-minute splash fight, of course!
Woman Scorned: Camero does not take kindly to find Hel and Trixie in bed with each other. Turns out that Camero and Hel are actually a couple. Camero considered Hel the love of her life and trusted her with everything... The betrayal make her suspect that Hel has manipulated her all along.