“Butterfly Twinkle Powder”
I’m a huge fan of zombie movies & the zombie genre in general. There is something unique with zombies, that biblical end of days finality that seems to crop up in most religious texts no matter what faith. Personally I’m still waiting for the ultimate zombie film, one that truly captures the fall of humanity on a huge scale. The breakdown of civilization, panic on the streets, chaos, carnage & bloodshed. Romero has hinted at it in Dawn Of The Dead, Max Brooks has written about it (particularly the Battle For Yonkers chapter in World War Z) & the disappointing 28 Days Later showed us the aftermath of the undead apocalypse on my own home city of London. I suppose the budget needed for this would be huge but with the renaissance of zombies in popular culture with TV series like the excellent Walking Dead, movies like the remake of Dawn Of The Dead & games like Left 4 Dead maybe a major studio is ready to make this movie.
Until then we have plenty of zombie movies to watch, ranging from the great (Dawn of The Dead, Night Of The Living Dead, Zombi) the enjoyably bad (Junk, Wild Zero, Zombie Creeping Flesh) & the downright awful (Colin, The Zombie Diaries, The Resident Evil Franchise) right at the bottom of the pile, just above Colin (the worst zombie movie ever made) we have Stacy. A film that tries so hard, throws everything at the screen & just fails in nearly every respect. The plot is dreadfully ridiculous. Young girls between the ages of 15-17 are suffering from something called Near Death Happiness which is followed by death. Within minutes the body rises as a flesh-eating zombie or “Stacy” The Stacy can only be killed by her loved one or “The Romero Repeat Kill Troops” dismembered & thrown into special rubbish trucks. The key to this phenomenon is a blue powder that is found on the Stacy’s skin called “Butterfly Twinkle Powder” (I’m not making this up, seriously!) There is also a kind of hinted at love story between some guy & a young girl which I’m just going to draw a veil over!
As far as zombie movies go, I’m not hard to please. Just give me some flesheaters, some victims, a vaguely coherent storyline & plenty of the old red red krowy. Stacy throws everything at the screen in the forlorn hope something will stick. While I generally applaud subtle homages to great zombie films in movies (The Gaylen Ross Store in the Dawn Of The Dead remake for example) Stacy is just too obvious & crass to be funny, The Romero Repeat Kill Troops! Please! A five-year old has a better grasp of subtlety & irony. The is also Bruce Campbell’s Right Hand in the movie, a chainsaw attachment named after the weapon in The Evil Dead movies, advertised in the movie by a woman in a bunny suit! Granted there is plenty of insane gore & bloodshed in the movie that due to the cheap SFX is patchy at best. Despite these scenes the film moves at a snail’s pace, I was bored to tears 20 minutes into it & finishing the movie became something of an endurance test.
If you want to watch a great zombie movie look no further than Romero’s first three living dead movies, Fulci zombie movies or Zach Snyder’s impressive Dawn Of The Dead remake. If it’s Japanese zombie mayhem you’re after try Junk or Versus. If you want a ridiculous over the top zombie farce try Wild Zero or Bio Zombie. Whatever you do just avoid Stacy, a truly abysmal piece of shit.