Portrait of a Zombie

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Portrait of a Zombie
Directed by Bing Bailey
Produced by
  • Bing Bailey
  • Laura Morand Bailey
  • Joseph Murphy
Written by
  • Bing Bailey
  • Laura Morand Bailey
  • Todd Fletcher
  • Patrick Murphy
  • Geraldine McAlinden
  • Rory Mullen
Music by Amanda Rose Smith
Cinematography Clayton H. Haskell
Edited by Bing Bailey
Organ Hill Films
Release date
  • March 3, 2012 (2012-03-03)
Running time
85 minutes
Country Ireland
Language English

Portrait of a Zombie is a 2012 Irish horror film directed by Bing Bailey and written by Bailey and Laura Morand Bailey. It was released on March 3, 2012. Patrick Murphy plays a young man whose family decides to accept him when he turns into a zombie.


During a zombie outbreak in Ireland, an American documentary film crew become interested in the story of a local Irish family who decide to keep their zombie-turned son a part of the family. When the film crew arrives in Ireland, they discover that the family's decision has angered their neighbors and a local crime boss. As tempers rise, the Americans document the controversy.


  • Todd Fletcher as American Filmmaker
  • Patrick Murphy as Billy
  • Geraldine McAlinden as Lizzy
  • Rory Mullen as Danny
  • Paul O'Bryan as Darren
  • Sonya O'Donoghue as Louise


The film was originally more of a genre film, but budget constraints meant that director Bing Bailey needed to turn it into a hybrid of mockumentary and genre film. Bailey said that he wanted to "have his Evil Dead experience".[1] Pre-production was done over the Internet, as Bailey was living in the United States at the time. Shooting took place in October 2009, May 2010, and May 2011; the additional shoots were due to a revamp of the initial concept that involved abandoned man-on-the-street interviews. Post-production took another 18 months.[1]


Portrait of a Zombie premiered at the 2012 Cinequest Film Festival.[2]


Mark L. Miller of Ain't It Cool News called it "a mix of comedy, gore, drama, and action that works in ways few others have."[3] Richard von Busack of Metro Silicon Valley wrote that the film "stands comparison to Shaun of the Dead itself."[4]


  1. ^ a b "Portrait of a Zombie Interview". IrishFilmmakers.com. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  2. ^ "Portrait of a Zombie". Cinequest Film Festival. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  3. ^ Miller, Mark L. (2014-04-04). "ABOUT A ZOMBIE (2012)". Ain't It Cool News. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  4. ^ von Busack, Richard (2014-02-23). "Cinequest Top Picks". Metro Silicon Valley. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 

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