Showgirls 2: Penny’s From Heaven, 2011
Written and Directed by Rena Riffel
Starring Rena Riffel, Glenn Plummer, Greg Travis, Dewey Weber, Peter Stickles, and Shelley Michelle
Las Vegas stripper, Penny Slot, sets out on an adventure to become the star dancer on a dance television show. With stars in her eyes, she tries to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow but instead finds danger in a town more wicked than Sin City.
It’s the movie virtually no one was asking for, a sequel to Paul Verhoeven’s much maligned Showgirls – a film that was nominated for so many Razzies that Verhoeven himself showed up to accept the awards. But after the film bombed at the box office, it found new life on the home video market and midnight screenings. Just like Troll 2, many film fans embraced the camp factor of Showgirls and have now hailed it as a modern masterpiece with even award winning filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino putting their stamp of approval on it. This rise in popularity has led us to this point – Showgirls 2: Penny’s From Heaven.
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