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I Zombie: The Chronicles of Pain (1998)

A young man gets infected and gradually starts turning into a zombie.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Giles Aspen ...
Mark
Ellen Softley ...
Sarah
Dean Sipling ...
David
Claire Griffin ...
Sarah's Friend
Peter Hacket ...
Hitcher
Kate Thorougood ...
Prostitute
Mia Fothergill ...
Estate Agent
Nick Mallinowski ...
Police Man
Nana Takahashi ...
Girl on Phone
Paul Hyett ...
Tramp
Stuart Oldfield ...
Victim 1
Phil Rowe ...
Victim 2
Andy Collins ...
Victim 3
Jane Smith ...
Zombie Girl
Jon Lovell ...
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A young man, while out on a field trip, gets bitten by an ill looking person. When he comes back home he starts getting sick and a slow but steady degeneration begins in his body. He is turning into a zombie. He leaves his girlfriend and moves into his own place. In order to survive he needs to eat human flesh. Against his own consciense, he kills people and eats them in his living room. But things start getting worse as his degeneration progresses. Written by Semih Tareen

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His soul was the last to go.

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Underrated jewel with a very different view on the Zombie sub-genre
29 November 2005 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

Many people think that horror movies are mindless popcorn movies for those who enjoy violence. Probably those people have not seen many horror films to begin with so this is a movie I would show to people like those. This movie breaks that false mold and is truly an emotional Tour De Force that plays with your emotions and truly moves you.

Director Andrew Parkinson's first movie tells the story of Mark(Giles Aspen), a young man who is bitten by a dying woman while he was on a field trip. After this he begins to experience a serious transformation of his biological functions. The wound doesn't heal and he begins to decay, also, a hunger for human flesh makes his life impossible. HE locks himself in an apartment and we are witnesses of how his life is destroyed by the "disease".

The Zombie condition is presented as a metaphor for AIDS or similar diseases, we watch how he has to end up his relationship with his girlfriend(whom he loves very much) and mixed within the film, we see in a documentary-style fashion interviews with her about how she has moved on with her life. All this surely have a great impact in the audience, a sense of how the isolation of the sick destroys the mind at the same time the disease destroys their bodies.

It's a very unusual and original take on the zombie genre, as Mark struggles to retain his mind while he is without a doubt turning into a zombie fueled by hunger.

As I wrote above, the movie is very touching, and the acting of Giles Aspen carries the film with power and makes us sympathetic for him, who tries to keep his humanity even when we, the audience knows that it's very possible that he will fail in his attempt.

The direction is solid, and even when most of the time the movie is set in the apartment, it never becomes tiresome or boring. Most of the make-up & effects are simply average, which is understandable, although the transformation of Mark is quite outstanding considering the budget.

I must warn you about the infamous scenes of this movie. Without spoiling things, I must say that there are a few scenes that may be disgusting due to Mark's gruesome decay. It's gory and disgusting, but nothing serious. Nevertheless, consider yourself warned.

The tag line reads: "His soul was the last to go", and truly the movie lives up to that premise. Sure, after the end of the movie you will probably feel depressed, but at the same time, thankful for being alive and healthy.

8/10. Good effort.


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