I, Zombie: The Chronicles of Pain was conceived, written, scored, and directed by Andrew Parkinson and the movie follows the degeneration of a single man as he slowly succumbs to an infection that turns him into a zombie.
The plot sees ‘Mark’, the main protagonist of the movie, getting bitten by a zombie deep in the woods whilst he in on a research trip. He soon starts to realise that he craves human flesh and must kill people in order to feed his craving and stay alive. His deterioration is slow, and he runs from his old life and rents himself a new apartment where he can hide away from society, and also use it as a base for his murders and the subsequent eating of his victims that follows.
This is a low-budget independent film that is an interesting oddity in the zombie genre in the way that the slow-paced action centers on one man who shuts himself of from society (to a point) whilst he gradually turns into a zombie. The film also focuses on the mental struggles, as much as the physical ones, that the protagonist goes through as he comes to terms with being a zombie. Mark starts documenting his slow transformation and creates audio and digital logs of his changing body and mind.
The movie was released by Fangoria Films in 1998.
‘I Zombie The Chronicles of Pain’ posters and box art
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