Today, we will be discussing a holy grail of mine for some time. Being one of my favourite Japanese horror films (and something I refuse to shut up about), Stacy: Attack of the Schoolgirl Zombies (2001) is an incredible reimagining of the zombie genre, full of both excessive carnage and atypical storytelling to create a distinctive piece of cinema. However, the film is originally based on a novel going by the same name.

Stacy, in its novelized form, delivers a unique and blood-soaked take on the zombie horror genre. Being penned by Kenji Otsuki, it captures the essence of the bizarre along with the macabre.


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My recently purchased copy of the Novel

The story unfolds in a world where teenage girls succumb to a mysterious condition known as “Near-Death Happiness,” transforming them into bloodthirsty zombies upon expiration. The narrative centers on a group of ‘Romero Repeat Kill Troops’ tasked with dispatching these undead girls before they become irreversibly dangerous.

What sets Stacy apart is its dark humor and satirical commentary on societal obsessions, particularly the infatuation with youth and beauty. The novel weaves an intricate web of social critique amidst the chaos of zombie mayhem. The author skillfully balances gruesome scenes with moments of absurdity, creating a tone that is both chilling and darkly comedic.

The characters, although often facing ludicrous situations, are surprisingly well-developed, each with their own quirks and backgrounds. The protagonist’s struggle with the moral implications of killing zombified schoolgirls adds depth to the narrative, making it more than just a gory spectacle.

The pacing is relentless, mirroring the urgency of the characters as they navigate a world on the brink of collapse. The author’s vivid descriptions bring the gore to life, making the horror elements visceral and impactful. The blend of horror and social commentary makes Stacy a compelling read for fans of the undead genre looking for something beyond the typical flesh-eating apocalypse.


Stacy dvd and novel covers

In conclusion, Stacy, as a novelization, successfully delivers an outrageous and satirical spirit lacking in other horror novels. It’s a rollercoaster of gore, humor, and social commentary that manages to entertain while offering a fresh perspective on the zombie subgenre. If you’re a fan of unconventional horror with a dark sense of humor, Stacy is well worth sinking your teeth into.

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