Halloween is a special time. It is the one time of year when everyone gives of themselves. What they give can be anything from candy to a scare. We thought this October, we here at Mania would give you 31 Horror Films for the 31 days of October. Now, many of you will know these films. Some of you, may not. Get ready for 31 days of Horror Films that will run gauntlet from scary to campy, from horrific to down right ridiculous. Happy Halloween from Mania!
We are 8 days in and we have dealt with a with odd ball horror films and few classics. Today, we suggest a modern day classic, 28 Days Later... (2002). The film features Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, and Christopher Eccleston and Danny Boyle.
Jim (Murphy), wakes up on a hospital operating table and finds no one in the room with him. Jim then gets up and walks outside to find the hospital empty. The city of London is also empty. It turns out that a plague swept through while Jim slept. Now alone, Jim goes to church and finds some people, but they are infected. Infected with what? Rage!
Danny Boyle reinvented the Zombie film with 28 Days Later. In his film, Zombies are not staggering, decomposing bodies. They are rage filled deranged, murderous people with no intellect or reasoning. Boyle places his hero completely naked in a city filled with these creatures. The brilliance of Boyle’s film is that he makes it a disease, not a passing comet or some unknown origin. He gives us something we all fear and all know to be real.
Through the course of the movie, our hero, Jim, finds other survivors. This causes change in Jim. One of these survivors is Frank (Brendan Gleeson), a loving father and cautious man who has taken great measures to protect his daughter. Yet, Frank knows he will need help from Jim to survive. Jim sees this man as his new father and Jim takes on characteristics of Frank and cares for Frank’s daughter, Hanna (Megan Burns), as his sister. This change is not noticeable at first, but it parallels Jim’s second father figure in the movie played by Christopher Eccleston. Eccleston plays Major West, a man who has several “children” of his own; children being young soldiers in the British Army. Where Frank was a caring and giving man, Major West has slightly different plans. Mayor West doesn’t need Jim, he needs what he has. Jim has to become like Major West to protect what he holds most precious.
This is a powerful and scary film. One that makes you think what is important, what is worth fighting for, and what is worth dying for. The perfect thing to rattle your nerves and get that fear factor adrenaline running.