After film 4/four’s restructure in 2002 my Ghost story script was left in development hell it a long story but with the reshaping of UK film Council it got me thinking about those modern day horror classics/Sci-fi classics.
If you look through the list of 100 Favorite British Films of the 20th Century you’ll see an eclectic mix the likes of A Clockwork Orange (1971), The Ipcress File (1965), Room With A View (1985), The Crying Game (1992), yada, yada, Doctor Zhivago (1965), Dr. No (1962), The 39 Steps (1935), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), and so on. You’ll be lucky to find any type of horror or Sci-fi (the norm’ with best of film lists) apart from possibly, The Wicker Man (1973) and Brazil (1985).
Danny Boyle’s 28 Day Later is the best mindless human being film since Romero’s zombie movies. It’s an exceptional horror film that follows a handful of survivors after an incurable virus spreads throughout the UK.
In 28 weeks the US Army secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. The story is told from Don’s (Robert Carlyle) and his children point of view, exceptionally acted by Imogen Poots and Mackintosh Muggleton giving the film a grounded personal feel and Catherine McCormack is great a part of the supporting cast. Fresnadillo builds up the tension splendidly and keeps you on the edge to the final as the soldier played exceptionally by Jeremy Renner who tries to get the children to safety.
With excellent makeup, effects, great cinematography and a pulse pumping emotional strong score by John Murphy, it’s the perfect grounded horror film. A completely plausible worthy sequel that has possibly one of the greatest openings to horror thriller ever.