It's debatable whether the troubled World War Z
signals the end of the ongoing zombie craze, but the film that started it all is much more clear: Danny Boyle's
bleak, artful cult horror-drama 28 Days Later
, which saw its US premiere ten years ago this weekend.
From its iconic opening shots of an eerily abandoned London
(set to Godspeed You! Black Emperor's
brooding post-rock epic "East Hastings"
) to the frenzied chaos of its climax
, Boyle's film -- a dark yet humanist tale
of a world eviscerated by a frighteningly contagious epidemic of murderous rage -- reinvented and reinvigorated the genre that Romero built (though many insist its rabid, sprinting berserkers don't really count
And while sequel 28 Weeks Later
with its heavyhanded Iraq War allusions
failed to live up to the original (despite boasting one of the most viscerally terrifying opening sequences
in modern horror), and 28 Months
looks increasingly unlikely
, there remains a small universe of side content from the film, including music, short films, comics, and inspired-by games.
Infected Apes - I've Got Some Bad News - Home Movies - A Drop of Blood - Mailer - Return to Normality - Jim's Rampage
People Watching - Cabbie Impressions - In the House - Alternate ending
Behind the scenes shots
How did they create an abandoned London without CGI?
Soundtrack by John Murphy on Grooveshark
, including series theme "In the House, In a Heartbeat"
, shopping spree tune "AM 180"
, the beautiful "In Paradisium"
, and Brian Eno's "An Ending (Ascent)"
Death of a Nation
: An alternate history buff games out exactly how the infection might have swept Britain
Six short films were created to promote the release of the 2007 sequel, 28 Months Later
28 Seconds Later
Welcome to London
The End is Extremely Fucking Nigh
77 Days Later
Two comics series were produced for the movies:
- A graphic novel by 30 Days of Night
author Steve Niles, featuring four short stories, including a (somewhat obnoxiously) animated version of the prologue
A multi-year, multi-volume series, 28 Days Later
, that follows Selena's return to Britain
after the first film. There are dozens of issues of free previews on CBR.
Also, unrelated to the films but on a similar theme, is Garth Ennis's graphic, hyperviolent, *extremely* NSFW series Crossed
, which portrays a world devastated by a plague that compels victims to pursue their darkest, most evil urges. The website offers a free ongoing webcomic called "Wish You Were Here"
following a small, desperate group of survivors on the island of Cava in the far north of Scotland.
As a pixel-based game, it's about as low-res as you can get, but HardCorePawn's Game-of-Life-esque Stop the Zombies! simulator
does a terrific job of simulating the dynamics of a 28DL-style infection, including the mass panic and the futility of containment. Click to drop bombs that take out friendlies and infected alike -- can you contain the four initial outbreaks with as little collateral damage as possible?
There's also this similar simulator
that offers fine-tune controls of speed, virulency, military response, angle-of-view, etc.
And it's pretty cheesy, but National Geographic's Doomsday Preppers site offers this Google Maps-based Outbreak! simulator
with similar levels of customization; it's also available on iOS
More fun with 28DL: In 1 Minute, In 1 Take
- LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" video parodies the film's opening
- The Boondocks parodies the horrifying intro to 28 Weeks Later