28 Days Later
28 Day Later was the first British zombie film in years and was a commercial success on both sides of the Atlantic. It was hailed as the first visceral and intelligent zombie movie in recent history. Shot cheaply and quickly on digital video, 28 Days Later was really a guerrilla film masquerading as a studio movie. It was a compromise that not only highlighted the zombie’s new found position as both mainstream and marginal, but also helped Boyle convince Twentieth Century Fox to push ahead with the film despite its lack of known actors. The fact that the film needed only an eight million dollar budget made it a pretty safe gamble for Fox.
Eager not to associate his monsters with the mixed fortunes of the zombie genre, Boyle instead makes his ghouls reminiscent of the infected civilians of Romero’s The Crazies or Rollin’s The Grapes of Death. His raging sub-humans aren’t zombies per se, b