I’m running through my favorite horror films of the past decade or so, in honor of October and Halloween. These next two films are both zombie-related, though that word as such does not come up.
In 2002 director Danny Boyle gave us “28 Days Later.” Danny Boyle is, of course, the well-respected director of award-winning films such as “Slumdog Millionaire” and “127 Hours,” as well as “Trainspotting,” “Shallow Grave,” and “Sunshine.” Cillian Murphy is Jim, a young man who wakes up in a hospital and discovers a very different world than the one before his accident. A group of animal rights activists unwittingly let a monkey infected with a new and exciting virus escape, and that infection spread frighteningly fast among humans. The infection happens fast once the victim is bitten, and these “zombies” move more quickly than Romero’s. But the real twist of the knife in this film is the violence inflicted by humans on each other. There’s a biting (ha-ha) subtext regarding the military, and performances by Naomie Harris and Christopher Eccleston, as well as Murphy, are stellar.In 2007 the Spanish film “[Rec]” came out. In “[Rec],” Angela is a reporter profiling a fire station. She goes on a ride with some of the crew, as well as her trusty cameraman, to an apartment building. It soon becomes clear that people in the building are infected with…something. And then the entire building is sealed off – they’re being quarantined. The nature of this infection isn’t fully explained – you’ll need to see “[Rec] 2” for that – but this is a very smart movie. Scary too.
Next up – the weaker sex??