I, Zombie Reviews
The film follows Brian, a graduate student who gets bitten by a zombie and finds himself turned into one. He has an uncontrollable hunger for people and is slowly rotting as he hides away from the world. It's a grim tale of desperation and sorrow, with lots of lingering shots focused on Brian's painful life hiding in his flat. A few other thoughts:
* While the film contemplates the question of what it would be like to become a zombie quite well, it veers quite far from the recipe necessary for an enjoyable zombie film. There's not much tension as Brian never seems in any sort of danger. A persistant detective (ala Zombie Honeymoon) would have made the story a bit more exciting.
* The gloomy desperation and haunted narrative reminds me a lot of An American Werewolf in London, which also considers the spiritual tragedy of becoming a monster.
* This movie has one of the more horrifying consequences of rotting I've seen in a zombie film, made much worse by the emotional depth of the scene in which it occurs.
* There's not a whole lot of action or excitement in the film. Instead, its matter-of-fact cinematography and shallow narrative arc short circuit most of the horror-pleasure that one finds in these films. In so doing, I could see it being pretty unsatisfying for people looking for more conventional fare. That said, I think it makes a fine companion to those other films I mentioned above.
* The makeup effects and dream sequences are impressive and solid.
Overall, it's worth seeing, but more recent films do the same work in a more entertaining way.
Not a bad premise. Sadly, the creators, so focused on creating a "thinking man's" zom flick, have made something more akin to a stuffy art school project than anything disturbing or horrifying (we're about one weeping clown eating pasta in a bathtub away from being unwatchably pretentious).
If being mind-numbingly boring wasn't enough, we're also treated to heaps of "deep" introspective voice-overs, moody masturbation scenes, distractingly poor f/x (save for the finale) and a lead character whom we're to believe is highly intelligent, yet makes incredibly stupid decisions (presumably to keep the story afloat).
For example, when this guy comes across what appears to be a diseased, rotting, blood and pus-covered crack whore doing the funky chicken in an abandoned house in the woods, he scoops her up, gets that pizza-face within chompin' distance of his and carries her like a groom with a bride 'cross the threshold.
Bottom line, the makers deserve two stars for the unique premise, but, if you're looking for a low-budget, unique and disturbing take on the walking dead, skip this and check out The Zombie Diaries.
This is about the journey of a man turning in a zombie and how he manages to trying to understand what is happening to him. The ways he uses to fight the disease and the lonelines he is facing due to the circunstances, it's a unique point of view, watched through the eyes of a man, and captures all the suffering of knowing what is going to happen... and to realize it couldn't be stopped...
Ah, but it has some really disturbing moments too! There is shocking masturbation scene only believed if you seen it! Since Nekromantik the most gruesome masturbation in an horror flick!
You just have to see it, there is almost no gore on it, it's not exactly a zombie flick, it's something done to think a little, and I think it has to be recognized as one of the most inteligent zombie movies ever made!