CR Summer of the Zombie: 28 Days Later

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CR Summer of the Zombies


Contagious Reads Summer of the Zombie: 28 Days Later


Directed by: Danny Boyle
Written by: Alex Garland
Starring: Cillian Murphy, and Naomie Harris
Released: 2002

Description from Amazon:
Hailed as the most frightening film since The Exorcist, acclaimed Director Danny Boyle’s visionary take on zombie horror “isn’t just scary…it’s absolutely terrifying” (Access Hollywood).

An infirmary patient awakens from a coma to an empty room…in a vacant hospital…in a deserted city. A powerful virus, which locks victims into a permanent state of murderous rage, has transformed the world around him into a seemingly desolate wasteland. Now a handful of survivors must fight to stay alive, unaware that the worst is yet to come…





28 Days Later

is a film about a young man, named Jim. who wakes up from a coma to find that the world has ended. He sort of stumbles along through a destroyed London and English country side until he encounters the 9th Doctor.
Lori: I recently re-watched this movie with my nephew. It’s probably one of his favorite zombie movies aside from Zombieland. And who can blame him. 28 Days Later is absolutely scary as fuck.
I mean come on the church scene is one of the few moments in scary movies that makes me jump. Still, to this day after seeing the movie at least a dozen times I still jump when Jim shouts, ‘Hello’.

28 days Hello


Cillian Murphy plays Jim almost perfectly. He nails his ignorance and naivety.

Lindsay: I definitely agree that the casting is brilliant. Murphy does an amazing job with Jim and I loved watching the character transition from innocent and shy, to… well, feral.

Elyse: Lori always finds the most perfect gifs! And I totally agree about Cillian, and I definitely think this movie is what jump started his career. People started to notice him, I know I sure did.

Lori: The beginning of the movie is slow, but I kind of like it. I like the cinematic feel of it.

Elyse: The first time I watched it I almost stopped because I was losing interest fast, but when Selena shows up it’s game-over. She’s the kind of girl, no she’s the kind of person you without a doubt NEED in your group during the zombie apocalypse! She doesn’t doubt her decisions, and boy does she make the hard ones without batting an eye. RIP Mark. You were probably infected, but we didn’t wait to find out.


Lindsay: Yeah, I was the same way. The beginning was super slow, and I was wondering when stuff was gonna happen. But when it does happen, it’s fast! The slow scenes are broken up by these perfectly filmed action sequences that get your heart pumping! What I loved was that these rage-infected people aren’t faster than your average human, and their teeth haven’t become unbelievably sharp (the better to bite you with, my dear). They are just really fucking pissed.

 Lori: The movie has it’s scary moments. It’s definitely a British film, with that sort of dry/stoic personality about it.

I love Selena’s character. I was actually really bummed when she, Jim and Hannah were not the focus of 28 Weeks Later.

Elyse: I always see the debate about whether the ‘zombies’ are actually zombies, people seem to think there’s a difference between the rage infected humans in this movie compared to zombies. What do you guys think?

Lindsay: I caught myself several times describing them as zombies, but then kept correcting myself. According to the dictionary, zombies are defined as:

the body of a dead person given the semblance of life, but mute and will-less, by a supernatural forceusually for some evil purpose.
HOWEVER, now that I’ve said that, they also describe informal zombies as:
a person whose behavior or responses are wooden, listless, or seemingly rote; automaton.
Does that help clear up the debate at all? 😛
Elyse: Most zombie fans wouldn’t agree with that though I don’t think, which is why I brought it up. I think it’s the whole flesh eating thing that makes people refer to them as infected instead of zombies.  Anyways… LoL. Lori you talked about the church scene freaking you out. When Selena and Jim are in the apartment building and the zombies start scaling the mountain of shopping carts? The whole scenario of them being in the stairwell in the dark and only being able to go up makes me feel extremely anxious and claustrophobic.
Lori: Yeah that definition is entirely too fucking rigid. I think in 2002 when 28 Days Later was released it was a huge breath of air into the ‘zombie’ genre as a whole. Ultimately the movie does have a lot of great scary elements, and some slow parts but I think it’s a strong movie. Do I recommend it to people? Oh yeah, but I don’t think it should be anyone’s first zombie film. It’s a bit too deep.
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  • Love this movie! It would be hard for anyone not to notice Cillian after the DEBUT he makes in the beginning. I’ll never forget the look on my teenage sons face the first time we watched this movie with him. Bahahaha.

    Elyse: I agree with the stairwell scene. The stairwell scene was even more terrifying in WWZ.

    I think we’ve also learned from both 28 Days Later and The Walking Dead — don’t walk into the dark tunnel!

    This is a zombie movie – whether you call them infected or zombies, they are still zombies. They run around sinking their teeth into other people and their blood instantly turns you into one. They’re fucking zombies. Either that or vampires, but the title isn’t 30 Days of Night so I’m going with zombies.

    Ok, I’m rambling. I need more coffee… or less. No, I’ll always go with more. 🙂

    • Lindsay Galloway

      I was going to suggest we watch it as a family, but then I watched that opening scene, and was SO glad there were no terrified teens in the room! 😉

      I just finished watching 28 weeks later, and it was way gorier, and was certainly intense, but it was so full of major plot holes! I kept interrupting the movie with my complaining 😛

      • Shhhh! I love that movie more. Don’t go there Lindsay!!