"...no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't find anything I liked about it."
- Mighty Peking Man
AKA: Attack of the School Girl Zombies
Director: Naoyuki Tomomatsu
Writer: Kenji Otsuki (novel)
Cast: Natsuki Kato, Toshinori Omi, Chika Hayashi, Shungiku Uchida, Yasutaka Tsutsui
Running Time: 80 min.
Plot: Teenage girls begin dying all over the world. Shortly before they die, girls succumb to NDH (Near Death Happiness), a "pre-death" state of absolute bliss and joy. Once dead, a girl comes back as a flesh-eating zombie and nicknamed a "Stacy".
Availability: This title is available at HKflix.com
MIGHTY PEKING MAN'S REVIEW: "Stacy" is one of those "If I walk into a room where someone is watching it, maybe I'll check it out"-type films. Little did I know, that scenario would actually happen; hence, this review. Before you read on, let me assure you that I'm open to any type of film: Horror, western, sci-fi, comedy, war, action, romance, art-house, grind-house, documentary, porn... ANYTHING. So, I do have an open mind, but obviously, there are exceptions that may alter my thinking; and "Stacy" is one of them.
To put it quite simple, this movie stinks. It's boring. It's humour isn't funny. And no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't find anything I liked about it. Even the gore, which was well-done, wasn't enough to keep me interested. The fact that it was filmed in digital video didn't help either - at times, I felt like I was watching some bad Japanese TV show that was shown on late night cable or something. Better yet, think of "Stacy" as a really, really bad Troma film (the company behind "The Toxic Avenger"). And believe me, those Troma flicks are pretty awful.
As dreadful as it was, it was nice to see a few references to people like George Romero ("Night of the Living Dead") and Sam Raimi ("Evil Dead"). Not to mention a product called "Bruce Campbell's Right Hand 2", possibly the only shining moment in the entire film. All in all, "Stacy" is everything a great movie isn't. Damn, I just realized how hard it actually was to sit through. Flesh eating Japanese babes, cute 'n sexy school girls, over-the-top gore... how the hell did they go wrong with such elements. Just skip the damn movie, alright?
MIGHTY PEKING MAN'S RATING: 1/10