28 Days in February, 28 Days Later

Posted: February 25, 2010 by Rebecca in Horror Movies

To me, there’s only one thing scarier than your average, run-of-the-mill, slow-moving zombie, and that’s a zombie whose swiftness could rival that of the gold shoe-wearing speed demon Michael Johnson.   Now picture this: in addition to impossible speed, this breed of zombie makes hacking sounds similar to a cat coughing up a hairball, boasts blood-red eyes, and has a penchant for projectile vomiting gallons of blood in your general direction.  What you’ve got is not just a recipe for widespread disaster, but also a recipe for a horror movie classic. 

The Brits hit the nail on the head with this one.  28 Days Later (2002) is one of the best “zombie” movies ever created.  I use quotes because these poor souls are not actually half-deteriorated ghouls raised from the dead, they’re infected.  Infected with “ rage”.  In the movie’s opening scene, animal rights activists have just invaded an animal testing facility to free captivated chimps from their cages—unbeknownst to them, the chimps are infected with a deadly virus that make them flesh-happy.  Chimp bites human, and the rest is history.  28 days later…

Jim, a hospital patient, awakens from a prolonged coma only to find that the streets of London are deserted.  There’s not a trace of life anywhere—only scattered, empty cars, debris, and missing persons flyers galore.  It’s not until he enters a dimly lit church in search of signs of life that he encounters his first “zombie”, a cannibalistic priest who makes a beeline for Jim the second he says “Hello”.  Jim narrowly escapes the church with his life, and is lucky enough to befriend a few other survivors, one of whom is a machete-wielding woman by the name of Serena.   Serena is a fierce chick, who isn’t about to risk her own safety for anyone.  When a friend of hers is suddenly attacked and bitten, she uses her machete to make human mincemeat of him before he can so much as open his mouth in protest.

The rest of the movie follows Serena, Jim, and a father and daughter as they attempt to find other uninfected  survivors.  There are others out there—some military men gone bad who’ve bunked up in an abandoned mansion and play target practice with the infected.  They’ve even got one chained like a dog in their backyard, whom they plan to observe in order to see how long it takes the infected to starve.  That plan goes horribly awry…but I won’t give away the ending.  Watch the movie—you won’t be disappointed.

Favorite heart pounding scene:

“They’re running from the infected”:  Changing a flat tire is scary enough, right?  How about if you’ve got to change that flat tire in a dark tunnel that’s suddenly overrun with hundreds of rats?   Oooh, and by the way, the rats are running from the infected.  This suspenseful scene left me white-knuckled and short of breath…and thinking that I should:

 1) learn how to change a tire

2) learn how to do so in under 30 seconds (you never know when you might be under a time crunch!)


  1. dom says:

    Ah, zombie movies – definitely my field. Huge fan of those. 😉

    This is definitely a true horror zombie film. By that I mean that is isn’t any typical zombie movie (for example: Dawn of the Dead). Technically, almost all zombie movies are meant to be scary and horrific, but so far, in my opinion, only “28 days later” and “28 weeks later” have really scared the living hell out of the viewers. Brits have really outdone themselves with those two.

    But because it’s made so scary, it ain’t really the kind of film that you can watch with a bunch of friends, chilling, eating chips and drinking beer (well, technically, you can do that, but it’s not really one of those movies that you can watch in a “lay-back” evening).

    Free yourself an evening, turn out the lights, make sure all the doors and windows are closed and THEN watch it. The perfect way. 🙂

    • rebemily09 says:

      Zombie movies are personally my favorite horror genre…glad you enjoyed the post 🙂 I’ll be adding a post on Zombieland soon…stay tuned! 🙂 Thanks again for reading!

  2. dom says:

    Oh, awesome! Zombieland was great! 😀

    P.S. a comedy type zombie movie I would recommend to you is “Shaun of the Dead” (although you might have seen it already) 😉

  3. The Patastic Adventures of Sinbad says:

    I may be in the minority, but I prefer the Romero slow zombies. There are a few advantages I think are lent to the movie: Strategy (a huge one), morally complex situations arising from inner conflict as opposed to spur of the moment reactions, and a sense of dread (as opposed to jump scares). Now, I am a big fan of 28 Days Later, I think it’s a genuinely scary movie, and they execute it very well. But I’m sad that because of its influence zombies will never be the slow moving force prompting intelligent characters to stratagize and overcome, but will instead be rage virus zombies prompting blah characters to run and shoot and run again. It does, however, allow for a much needed influx of badass characters.

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