28 Days Later

General Skanky

Well-known Member
Does anyone know much about this film?
I saw the trailer last night on TV and it looks good. Went to www.mymovies.net to see it again and the people there give it a 91% thumbs up. So now I'm intrigued.
 

Rambo John J

Distinguished Member
I've read a lot of stuff and my interest is definitely up.
According to the production team it's a horror/zombie movie in all but name, presumably as zombie films aren't exactly the stuff of big box office returns these days. By all accounts it's very bloody.
Which all sounds very nice to me. They had an interview with Danny Boyle and a few of the others involved in Total Film this month which made interesting, albeit lightweight, reading.

What's the deal with all this half-decent horror coming out at the moment? I'm not used to it:eek:
 

Guest
There hasnt been a decent horror film since the Blair Witch Project. The Scream movies ruined everything.
 

General Skanky

Well-known Member
Ironic that somebody on the forum recently was aking about the film 'Night Of the Comet' (I think), seems to be a modern version of that-ish. And I enjoyed that film.

You just can't get as much suspense as waking up, (as in the trailer) and there is absolutely 'nobody' around anywhere. Nice. You just know you're in deep poo.:D

Fingers crossed then.

I liked the scream films btw. :)
 

Guest
Scream films started a chain reaction that brought about the end of the horror movie world as we know it.

Chain reaction

Decent, true, honest horror films >>> SCREAM movies>>>>>>>> I know what you did last summer but forgot to tell me etc>>>>> Scary Movie>>>>and it continues

Scream just took the genre and reshaped it for the most idiotic movie demographic - teenagers. And it has lead to so many layers of parody that said demographic have no idea of the originals i.e. Scream paraodied the likes of Halloween with the guy who knows everything about horror films (dont say it was a homage), then you have scary movie which parodies previous paraody. The net result being a ......Parody of a parody.

Not to mention they made 2 progresively worse sequels. That my friends is just a fraction of whats wrong with cinema today.

(p.s. saw Empire Strikes Back....Attack of the Clones , what a *&[email protected] joke)
 
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juboy

Guest
The extended 28 Days trailer is playing before 'My Little Eye' at most cinemas and does look like being one to watch. Trailers for 'They' and even 'Halloween: Resurrection' also look like post-post-modern horrors, reminding me a little of 'Long Time Dead' from the trailers at least.
 

Mr.D

Distinguished Member
28 days later shot entirely on DV then transferred to film.
Know a few people that have seen it -- mixed reactions.
 
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juboy

Guest
Originally posted by Mr.D
Know a few people that have seen it -- mixed reactions.

Anyone use the term 'over ambitious'? That is my only reservation for the film from what I've seen so far.

I don't think any TV show or film has ever yet really pulled off the whole 'deserted World' feel properly. Although I suppose, by definition, to do so would make for a pretty boring film :)
 

James45

Standard Member
Talking about the Scream movies (can anyone really sit through parts 2 and 3?!) I think they did the opposite of killing the horror genre, before Scream came out how many horror films actually got made?? Very few.

Now we get loads, studios want to make them, people want to see them... Obviously that doesn't mean they're all going to be great but it creates the opportunity where great and original horror films can be made.
 

Guest
Originally posted by James45
Talking about the Scream movies (can anyone really sit through parts 2 and 3?!) I think they did the opposite of killing the horror genre, before Scream came out how many horror films actually got made?? Very few.

Now we get loads, studios want to make them, people want to see them... Obviously that doesn't mean they're all going to be great but it creates the opportunity where great and original horror films can be made.

Thats a load of bull.
The only horror films made as a result of the post Scream movement in the genre are aimed at teenagers and carry all the predicatble baggage that you'd expect
 

General Skanky

Well-known Member
After Scream, the profile of horror was elevated and made trendy once again.

I don't know how many films were released before Scream, but the impression is that loads were made 'after' it.

Still have to say I liked all three Screams.;)
 

Respectamonkeee

Standard Member
LOL i just made a fresh post about this movie....DOH!!!!

ill add this link to mine:blush:

I rekon it looks pretty good........

Can i side track the tread by asking Wot things peps would loot 1st if they were a survior....i mean its not like ur gonna get caught :D
 
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Azrikam

Guest
Originally posted by Respectamonkeee
Can i side track the tread by asking Wot things peps would loot 1st if they were a survior....i mean its not like ur gonna get caught :D

Sounds fun. Here's my list:
1/Guns and ammo. Self-preservation is paramount.
2/Food. Plenty of non-perishables, but I'd go on a bit of a spree for the first week or so.
3/Radio, batteries, generators, gas. Other necessities to live without society.
4/Small, manageable vehicle for toting loot back to the house.

At this point, I'd presumably have a heavily fortified, booby-trapped house with all the basic provisions.

5/Home cinema equipment + tons of DVDs.
6/Several high-end PCs with all the trimmings + tons of games.

Contact other survivors? Nah, they can come looking for me. :p
 
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sofaboy

Guest
Originally posted by eli_cash
There hasnt been a decent horror film since the Blair Witch Project.

Ive seen phone bills more scarier than that movie !!! IMHO

:devil:
 

Phil Hinton

Editor
Staff member
Just been reviewed by johnathon Ross on Film 2002 and he hated it. Infact his review was very bad indeed. But then again, who ever listens to him.
 

PoochJD

Distinguished Member
Hi,

I was very lucky. I managed to buy the last remaining preview ticket, for a Special Presentation at the "Cornerhouse" in Manchester, last week. (Only cost me a £5!)

I got to meet Danny Boyle, Andrew MacDonald, and some of the cast as well. I also got Mr Boyle's autograph on my Canadian Region 1 DVD of "Trainspotting" and his, and Mr MacDonald's signatures on a copy of the "Trainspotting And Shallow Grave" movie script book - which I'd already had signed by Christopher Eccleston as well!!! :p

The film is good, but flawed. The first third of the film is exceptional, without a doubt: the sheer terror and brutality of what happens when Man tries playing at God! It's graphic, uncompromising, and not-at-all for the squeamish or sensitive! If you think a horror movie won't make you jump, be prepared! The final third, is also very good. However, the middle third, and the "ending" are pretty terrible.

The main problems, are down to the lack of empathy and feelings we have when the hero's meet-up with a gang of army officers, led by Brit-actor Christopher Eccleston. The men are essentially parodies of all the worst aspects of masculinity: the propensity for violence; the need to see women only as sexual objects; the laddishness. Yet, we don't really care if they make it out alive or not. Eccleston's performance is okay, but not his best, which is a real shame. His upper-class accent doesn't fit with the "Squaddie" character he portrays. A shame, especially when he is Manchester born and bred, and the Army squad are camped in Manchester.

As for the "ending", it really negates the film as a whole, and I suspect that 20th Century Fox may have demanded or forced the creators of this movie to tack it on, despite their protests. Even if that isn't the case, the ending ruins everything you've just watched in the preceeding two hours.

Ultimately, the virus isn't explained enough. We're told it was created, it exists, and has now escaped, but little else. As such, the nature of the way it can/cannot infect others, is left for audiences to accept unquestioningly.

As a horror film, it's good. As a British horror film, it's a real shocker. But as a complete movie, it's let down by the saggy middle part. Some trimming of this section, would have made a really tight, and raw movie. Maybe, reducing the running time to 100 minutes, perhaps. Whilst by no means a long film, as it stands, some of you may well come-out of the auditorium, feeling a little frustrated at how the film pans out. A good attempt, but not the "finest British horror film ever made".

Just my opinion, of course!

Pooch
 
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juboy

Guest
Saw this last night. **Slight spoliers possible below**

The look of the film itself is quite nice. As mentioned here before, it was shot entirely on digital video and it shows... however, the slightly un-natural colours and general artificial look somehow adds to the situation the main characters find themselves in. It also looks gorgeous with some of the scenes shot in the rain.

Despite my reservations, the makers did quite convincingly pull off the eerie sense of total isolation towards the start of the film. They must have had a hard job getting motorways shut off etc.

As for the explanation of the virus, or lack of it, I thought that also added to the hopelessness of the situation... it was like the scientists didn't really know what they were doing, nor did the animal rights people and certainly the infected and remaining didn't.

As for the gore content, not as high as I'd expected, although there were some very nicely done touches. The infected were portrayed well, I liked the fact that (unlike nearly all other zombies) these guys could move fast and had quick reactions. Rather than the sometimes laughable 'braaaaains' device used as motive for some zombies, the infected in 28 Days Later were driven soley by a rage and hatred for those not infected.

The soldiers were assholes, but then, I think the point was that in such circumstances it might well be the strong/armed/trained people that survive, even though that may not be in the whole society's best interest. Those with the artificially gained power will have the advantage, even though they may represent some of the worst qualities of the species. I have to disagree with Pooch about Christopher Eccleston, I thought his upper class, cold calculated demeanour showed why the other soldiers actually followed him... he was a 'class' above them if you like, and again showed that those at the top are often those you wouldn't necessarily want to be there.

Unlike most horror films, 28 DL does give you quite a lot of food for thought. What would you do in the circumstance, give up? Give in? Fight? Try and regain some level of hope? Attempt to rebuild things?

I do agree with Pooch about the ending though. I won't say anything more about it other than that it seemed totally at odds with the rest of the film, in tone and in look.

Overall though a very good film, fairly different and very good to look at (in that it looks unlike most other films). A fair few really good JUMP moments and some nicely sick elements, with one or two genuinely tense sequences. The soundtrack is also very well used, understated but all the better for it.

Better than My Little Eye and, even though I haven't seen it yet, I'm sure it deserves your attention far more than Halloween: Ressurection.
 

Ripco

Active Member
There hasnt been a decent horror film since the Blair Witch Project. <---- Are you on CRACK??

Lmao The Blair **** Project was the worst attempt at a horror film IMHO.

2 years of promotion and fake reports and rumours on the net to pretend that this crap was real footage. Lmao only in America. There are 3 kinds of horror. One is the comedy horror aka Evil Dead 2/3. The Gross out crap which fills most of the market which are scary when your young. Then there is the third and only truly kind of scary movie which actually ingrains in your head and makes you truly scared to go to the bathroom in the dark etc., for that we usually have to look to the Japanese.

Ok so TBWP falls into another category and its called CRAP!
 

pointon

Active Member
Originally posted by Respectamonkeee
Can i side track the tread by asking Wot things peps would loot 1st if they were a survior....i mean its not like ur gonna get caught :D

Porn.
 

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