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A Solid Redefinition of the Horror Flick
A review of 28 Days Later ...
by Matt Mason

Don't get me wrong, it's still a horror flick, with zombies eating the hell out of you, but it's a big leap from scary movies which are scary only because the door keeps opening as the music swells only to be that annoying pet again.

Director: Danny Boyle

Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Noah Huntley, Brendan Gleeson, Megan Burns

Rating: R

Release: 06-27-2003

Time: 112 minutes

Buy Movie at Amazon.com No, in this movie, if the door opens as the music swells, ain't nothing cute about it, it's a freaking zombie what wants to eat your face to a bloody pulp.

Basically, England gets overrun by a genetically engineered virus called Rage which, maybe a minute after exposure to infected blood (which the infected spew out of their mouths pretty liberally) turns the victim into a twitching, angry track star who'll chase your butt down and bite you bad.

The hero, then, is a guy waking from a coma in a locked hospital room trying to figure out why the city appears to be empty.

The whole thing is shot on digital video, giving it a more alarming home video like look, and the scenes of starkly empty London streets are haunting.

The movie, then, takes its time, letting suspense authentically build in a way far scarier than any roller coaster scarefest manipulating screams out of you. This one doesn't go out of its way to be scary, it just is.