AKA: Stacy - Attack of the Schoolgirl Zombies

Tag line : School's out forever!

StacyAnother one of those mad-cap zombie splatterfests, done as only the Japanese know how to, as the nation is gripped by a zombie epidemic that only seems to be affecting teenage girls. That's right folks, adolescence isn't the only thing that parents now have to worry about their children going through as girls all over the world start dropping dead and coming back as zombies.

Referred to as "Stacies", the only way to stop them is complete bodily dismemberment. The Japanese government are quick to respond with special army units, called "Romero Repeat Kill Troops" (yes that's right), to eliminate them.

Thus sets the scene for a lot of farcical blood soaked goings on, as the film divides itself between the antics of one of the Romero units, a mad doctor who goes around carving up his specimens with a chainsaw bearing the markings "Bruce Campbell's Right Hand mk2", a vigilante Stacy killing group of girls called "The Drew Barrymore's" and a puppeteer who's lover is in the process of turning into one of the Stacy zombies. If all that wasn't enough, there's also a bizarre love story going on between one of the Romero troops and one of the mad doctors specimins.

Done in much the same vein as "Return of the Living Dead", this is a VERY tongue in cheek film, with blood by the bucketload. There are obvious nods to Romero's "Living Dead" trilogy, as well as "The Evil Dead" films, if you like Japanese films of this ilk, you should love it. Just remember not to take it too seriously and you'll have a blast!

Overall Marks : 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • The film was based on a 3-part novel by noted the Japanese rock musician Kenji Otsuki, who also has a role in the film .

  • The member of the Drew Barrymore vigilante's brandishing the nunchuka's was dressed to look like Chun Li from the "Street Fighter 2" computer game.

  • Horror film reporter Norman England, has a small role in the film as one of the TV presenters demonstrating the Bruce Campbell Chainsaws.

  • Yasutaka Tsutsui, who plays the mad scientist Dr Sukekiyo, is actually a respected author, having published many crime, fantasy and even SF novels and short stories. He's also been dubbed the Japanese Guru of metafiction (that means writing metaphorically about modern day issues), although gave up writing in the mid-90's in protest that his works weren't "politically correct".

  • The music in the film was by Japanese rock band Tokusatsu, of which Kenji Otsuki is a member.

  • This was the first major film by director Naoyuki Tomomatsu, having cut his teeth directing the short horror/fantasy film "Eating Ko-Gal" in 1997. He then went on to direct a string of pornographic video films, before returning to the horror fold in 2001 with "Stacy".

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