I love Ben Nye products too. I can tell you for sure that Ben Nye spirit gum is the strongest I have eve used.
If you want a weaker one (to get over your fear). Try Mehron. If you can't find it, let me know, I'll send you some. I literally have gallons of it.
For our kits we use Mehron Spirit Gum and Ben Nye Spirit Gum remover.... for all the reasons mentioned above.
Savini, Savini... Well maybe you are not him, but it's high time for some new names to do some new things...
Don't get me wrong. I <3 George Romero... It's just time for some fresh, young ideas.