Halloween horror movie review: 28 Days Later

, Rare Staff

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Everyone loves a good zombie flick. There’s just something about watching a pack of undead people eating human brains that warms your soul. For those of you who haven’t yet jumped on the zombie movie bandwagon, check out the “The Walking Dead” on AMC and then get back to me.

Because nothing’s more American than killing zombie children.

That’s right. Zombie films are about as patriotic as apple pie and baseball. They contribute to our American identity. And nothing changed the way we look at zombies quite like the British film “28 Days Later.”

The movie operates around your typical post-apocalyptic zombie scenario. After a serious accident leaves him comatose, Jim (Cillian Murphy) wakes up in a hospital twenty-eight days after the spread of a virus that turns people into flesh-eating crazies. But these aren’t your typical Night-of-the-Living-Dead zombies. These zombies can run. Like really fast.

running-zombies

First one to get to the small intestine wins!

Jim later meets up with Selena (Naomie Harris), Mark (Noah Huntley), Frank (Brendan Gleeson), and Frank’s daughter Hannah, and they kick some serious zombie ass while looking for a way to get rescued.

Run, skinny British guy, run!

Through masterful cinematography and film editing, director Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”, “127 Hours”) presents a gritty and unsettling vibe to the film that will stay with you even after the movie’s over. The subplot involving a corrupt squad of soldiers adds substance to the film, something that most zombie films generally don’t have.

If the plot doesn’t appeal to you or if it’s all rented out at Blockbuster (people still go to Blockbuster, right?), make sure you at least watch one zombie movie this Halloween. Here are a few of the classics.

Night of the Living Dead

Dawn of the Dead (1978 version)

Dawn of the Dead (2004 version)

Dead Alive

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