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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later is a helluva great little movie. Well, little is a bit of a misnomer. It’s a helluva great big little movie. The scope on it is massive even if the budget isn’t. Cillian Murphy is a fantastic lead and Boyle really shows his fantastic eye for composition and pacing with this flick.

Today’s picture sees Mr. Boyle and Mr. Murphy (thankfully with pants) in an early scene at the hospital. I remember talking with Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire where I brought up the similarities between his film and Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead. I believe Kirkman mentioned that his opening was written before the release of 28 Days Later and it was one of those cosmic idea pool things that just happen to be fished out at the same time. Boyle just laughed it off. At that point I don’t think he had heard of the comic and said that essentially they both just stole from I Am Legend and Day of the Triffids.

Anyway, here’s the image. Click to enlargen.



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  • July 21, 2012, 10:39 p.m. CST


    by ray a

    Its the scarecrow! He's everywhere!

  • July 21, 2012, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Recently saw this for the first time.

    by tomandshell

    I don't like zombie movies, but this was good. Sure, not strictly a zombie movie, but it's in that neighborhood, right?

  • July 21, 2012, 11:20 p.m. CST

    I have never seen this movie...

    by LF Martinez

    But my 14 year old keeps saying I should. He loves anything with a zombie in it including the Call of Duty zombie maps. The only zombie flick I have ever loved is Shaun of the Dead, but I do rate Trainspotting and 127 Hours as some of my favorite films. Boyle's other effort, Sunshine, was entertaining until the religion-spewing Incredible Melting Man showed up for the last 20 minutes and then it became eye-rollingly bad. How did the Krispy captain from the other ship survive for 8 years in a derelict ship filled with dust motes/skin flakes? Forgive the tangent, and speaking of Cillian Murphy, but did anyone else think that the Scarecrow should have worn his mask in TDKR? He should have spewed some of his hallucinogen at the exiles before sending them out on the ice.

  • July 21, 2012, 11:38 p.m. CST

    This aint your grandmas zombie movie...

    by diseptikon

    In fact some would argue there are no zombies in this movie at all...only the infected. Either way....eye gouge ftw!

  • July 21, 2012, 11:39 p.m. CST


    by diseptikon

    You mean where a bunch of men finally found women when the worlds gone to shit? Is it really that confusing?

  • July 21, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST

    I'd like to ask Boyle exactly what wrong with The Beach

    by The Mothman

    DiCaprio was a problem (although if his intention was to portray an insufferable travelling American he did well), but the whole tone seemed way off.

  • July 21, 2012, 11:54 p.m. CST

    good movie, boring picture

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    that car alarm made me fear-grunt like a constipated monkey

  • July 22, 2012, 12:01 a.m. CST

    on the Walking Dead similarity...

    by TheSeeker7

    I came to The Walking Dead series way later than everyone else (the case with so much of my TV watching) I didn't start watching it until it was at least a few months over, and I remember saying that was one of my biggest gripes with the pilot after I'd finished, that as the way of keeping the lead character "out of danger" from the initial outbreak and the way to kick off the story from his POV, they used virtually the same exact method as 28 Days Later. alas, if Kirkman is telling the truth, so be it... (I've since come to consider myself a fan of TWD, generally speaking)

  • July 22, 2012, 12:34 a.m. CST

    The Walking Dead's strongest season

    by LF Martinez

    was the first one, with a couple of great episodes that really creeped me out. It has since dwindled down to a predictable soap opera that spent an inordinate amount of time on a farm (and now a prison), that just so happens to have the occasional zombie mob thrown in to mix it up every once in a while. I hope the third season is better than the last one because the last one really tried my patience.

  • July 22, 2012, 1:18 a.m. CST


    by MrD

    Based on the timing - the release of 28DL and the time needed to pitch and produce a new comic - it would have been very hard (but not impossible) for TWD to have stolen from 28DL. Both are trying to start with the Z-Apocalypse in full swing, while having an "audience stand in" discovering the world for the first time. Given those parameters, its pretty easy for anyone to end up at "in a coma". The only other options I can think of are deep sleeper, time traveller, suspended animation, stuck on desert island, and watching Dr. Who marathon in Mom's basement. Given that I don't see Kirkman ripping off 28DL or any other zombie movies elsewhere in the series (and TWD did come out the year before Sean of the Dead), I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

  • July 22, 2012, 1:21 a.m. CST

    This movie is absolutely badass...

    by ThulsaBoom

    ...but a zombie movie, it is not. These motherfuckers are not even dead. But, probably my favorite 'infection,' 'disease,' movie. In Boyle we trust. Wait, that's not right...

  • July 22, 2012, 1:23 a.m. CST

    And, I've only seen the first season of the Walking Dead...

    by ThulsaBoom

    ...but that shit is the most satisfying television series I've ever experienced. Reminded me of how I felt during the first season of the X-Files.

  • July 22, 2012, 2:52 a.m. CST

    **SPOILER COMMENT** You have been warned.

    by zillabeast

    Murphy's Dark Knight Rises cameo was absolutely splendid. I was really, really hoping Nolan would find a place for Dr. Jonathan Crane in this one. Glad he delivered!

  • July 22, 2012, 3:31 a.m. CST

    re: '28 Days Later' / 'Walking Dead' POV character in hospital

    by buggerbugger

    As stated in the article, they're both "borrowing" from the 1951 novel 'Day of the Triffids', where the POV character wakes up in hospital to find he's been spared from a world-changing event that has rendered 99% of the population blind and left them at the mercy of flesh-eating zom- I mean Triffids. The bit with the soldiers in '28 Days Later'? That's also from 'Day of the Triffids'. The Governor guy from 'The Walking Dead'? He's in 'Day of the Triffids', too, from what I can remember of the novel. All zombie apocalypse movies are 'Day of the Triffids'. They just replace the flesh-eating plant monsters with flesh-eating dead people.

  • 28 months maybe. That was the only problem I had with the film.

  • July 22, 2012, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Its a shame they filmed it on a webcam.

    by MelvintheMopBoy

    This movie looks like fucking shit. Its actually fatiguing to watch. Who's shitty idea was that? 28 Weeks Later was infinitely better.

  • July 22, 2012, 4:50 a.m. CST

    the only boyle film i can vaguely tolerate

    by JAMF

    and it's still not that good. looks and sounds like shit, terrible young actress, retarded shit with the soldiers as someone said above. oh and running zombies which i fucking hate. at least they only call them infected anyway.

  • July 22, 2012, 4:51 a.m. CST

    zilla how about you tell us which film

    by JAMF

    you're going to spoil when you post a spoiler warning you numpty.

  • July 22, 2012, 5:14 a.m. CST


    by SonOfChiba

    Dumb move, bro. Dumb move.

  • July 22, 2012, 5:21 a.m. CST


    by CodeName

    That's a great point. Never thought of that.

  • July 22, 2012, 6:37 a.m. CST

    The soldiers were sort of the point really.

    by thomskis

    I find it completely plausible that a bunch of jingoistic English soldiers at the peak of physical fitness with a survivalist, pack mentality could have their moral judgement go to shit. For me, the soldiers are the counter point to the blind rage of the infected, who are innocent due to their lack of culpability. The soldiers intended atrocities and Empire mentality are a mirror to the innocent horrors inflicted by the infected, and Cillian Murphy's moral outrage at the soldiers' actions makes him something more dangerous than any of them. It's an arc ;-)

  • July 22, 2012, 7:06 a.m. CST


    by Neil Harrison

    The original planned ending was totally different. The survivors meet up with the army and they all make a break for it, planning to escape the UK in an airplane. They finally get aboard and as they take off, some of the chasing infected get sucked through the jet engines. They just couldn't raise the cash for such a finale and had to do a complete rewrite. The rewrite isn't as good imo. We already saw that 'evil army' idea being played out in Day of the Dead. At least the (worthy) sequel got to do something rather similar to the jet engine gag, in that crazy helicopter blades sequence.

  • July 22, 2012, 7:08 a.m. CST

    28 DL narrowly missed my shit list

    by Hipshot

    Its- terrific film, don't get me wrong. But Boyle almost let some pretty vile shit out. I remember watching the whole thing with the black infected guy on a chain, and thinking that was odd imagery. Then the military guy goes on about how the infected guy will never know anything about agriculture. I'm thinking what's this? And remembering that the officers insane rant if parroting white supremist talk about Africans. all right...that's interesting subtext. Bit then I read the 'making of" script/book, and it had storyboard. Very clearly, Boyle was thinking that the lead character would be black. that gave greater resonance to the conversation with the officer. then...there is an alternate ending, where he sacrifices hi,self to save the girls father. I remember thinking wtf? Oh, so you were about to make the Sacrificial Negro play until casting a white guy and waking up that would be a bad move...if the guy was white. Jeeze. anyway, he dodged that bullet, but it is sickening to see how close under the surface that shit is.

  • The infected have an active metabolism which is why they can run fast and it's also why they burn themselves out after a month or so.

  • July 22, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST

    I find this movie highly rewatchable

    by Autodidact

    For some reason I can watch a lot of zombie movies over and over and they never really get old.

  • I have heard that WD #100 is a big moment so I think I'll get TPB vol 17 which'll have #100 in it, and then call it a day with that series. 17 volumes at average $20 per is $340 + tax. That is a lot of goddamn money to spend on a frigging fictional story! Especially considering you could make a really long novel out of WALKING DEAD and get all that story for $30 ($10 in a paperback).

  • It was mostly Rick having the same conversation about four different times. I'm honestly so annoyed with myself sometimes for how much $ I spend on this shit. Do you realize how many blu-rays I could get for $340?

  • July 22, 2012, 9:08 a.m. CST

    SOUND-OFF SURVEY: Olympic-sprinter zombies vs. Classic "slow" zombies

    by obijuanmartinez

    Thing that struck me about 28 Days Later was that the zombies could've caught Carl Lewis (but maybe not Ussain Bolt!) I sit on the fence when it comes to choosing which are the better undead - the slow, shuffling ones or the new hyper-aggro variety...

  • July 22, 2012, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Loved 28 days UNTIL army/rape guys show up

    by billandted

    ....So great in Monsters when the guys with guns don't go the rape/steal route they always go in every movie....

  • July 22, 2012, 10:01 a.m. CST

    TWD trades are around $12 on amazon

    by Cornelius Jones

    I love small comic book stores but they are too expensive.

  • July 22, 2012, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Which all of them stole from Heinlein's _Puppet Masters_

    by MrShootist

    bastards all.

  • July 22, 2012, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Rape, murder, arson, and rape...

    by Billyeveryteen

    You said rape twice? I like rape. Yeah 28DL falls apart at that point.

  • Now you never have to watch another zombie movie ever again.

  • It just seems like a spookier, longer lasting apocalypse. I really love the "siege" type of zombie movie. Can't stand most of the post 28 Days/DOTD-remake hyper-frenetic style of zombie movie.

  • July 22, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST

    British people have a ridiculous way handling zombies

    by Kyle DeMattio

    Take the Helicopter scene in 28 Weeks Later for example

  • July 22, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST

    This movie grew on me

    by HamburgerEarmuffs

    At first I was lukewarm but after subsequent viewings I like it a lot more, even the final third.

  • July 22, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST

    One of my favorite zombie/infected post apocalyptic movies

    by lv_426

    I'm surprised that Hollywood hasn't done an Americanized remake yet. It has already been 5 years since the sequel 28 Weeks Later. I wonder if we will ever see the rumored third chapter, 28 Months Later?

  • I wonder if someone could pull off a zombie story that makes the case that civilization is primarily defined and held together by the fact that humans have to some extent moved past base animalistic instincts? The zombies then would be the example of anti-society, in that they are purely primal beasts whose only concern is eat and survive. If you really think of it, a lot of the petty shit that people argue over in zombie movies would probably get them killed much faster in a real zompocalypse.

  • July 22, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST

    I want a 'Left 4 Dead' movie!

    by BiggusDickus


  • July 22, 2012, 1 p.m. CST

    Lv 426

    by ajit maholtra

    That reminds me of Ghostbusters 2. There could be a zombie movie where the zombies live because of the negative thoughts and actions of people, so in order to kill the zombies, people have to be good to each other, say nice things, and give each other hugs, and then all the zombies die!

  • July 22, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST

    This pic needs moar Murphy weiner.

    by DickBallsworth


  • July 22, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    There are no zombie movies...

    by Hairy Nutsack

    There are no zombie movies that I am aware of. Unless there's a movie that takes place in Haiti and the victim is drugged into a deep coma, buried but not dead, and then dug up and made into a slave, then there are no zombie movies.<p> <p> Now please stop this fucktarded argument over which movies feature "real" zombies.

  • July 22, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    dickballsworth, I remember that too

    by ajit maholtra

    And I remember that his pennis was so tiny! Hehehehehehehehehheheheheheh.

  • July 22, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    @hairy nutsack- Try 'The Serpent and the Rainbow...'

    by ThulsaBoom's the most modern Voodoo zombie movie that I care about. 80's Wes Craven, if you dare. In fairness to Romero's zombie films, the source of the zombie outbreak is unimportant, and unrevealed. It all could have started in Haiti if that makes it work for you, zombie/cannon wise.

  • July 22, 2012, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Bad, bad movie

    by The StarWolf

    From the idiocy of having an unprotected germ warfare lab equivalent in the middle of a major city, to the ridiculous guy who, after weeks in an untended coma can do Olympic sprinting after a few candy bars, to people not taking a minute to realize that, the idea of the entire world being infected made no sense. How is it going to spread? It takes about twenty seconds to turn a human into a raging animal. Is he going to fly to the continent? To the guy in the untouchable apartment giving up the security of his domicile and leaving his armour behind. Classic 'stupid' movie which would last about five minutes if people didn't behave in a stupid manner. Heck, at one point the characters admit what they're going to do is amazingly stupid, but they do it anyway. Honestly? This was painful to watch.

  • July 22, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST

    @biggus: I'm in for an L4D flick..."WIIIIIITCH!!!"

    by obijuanmartinez

  • July 22, 2012, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Regarding Cillian Murphy in TDKR.

    by Royston Lodge

    I dunno if he shoulda been wearing the mask, but it still sticks in my craw that they never revisited what happened to the large portion of the city that was poisoned in Batman Begins. That movie implied that the affected parts of the city were dosed so hard that the effects would last for months, if not years. I can agree that Murphy's character in TDKR didn't act very much like how I imagine Dr. Jonathan Crane. I see Crane as a greedy, slightly mad scientist, not as a 18th century Jacobin. On a completely different tangent, it also annoyed me that the city in TDKR was so obviously New York City. I can forgive switching from Chicago as the shooting location, but the blatant depiction of NYC landmarks like the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, the Roosevelt Island Tramway, the still-under-construction One World Trade Center, as well as the wide aerial shot of Manhattan island in it's entirety, really took me out of the story for a few moments. I get that Nolan was trying to draw some (way too obvious IMHO) regarding terrorism and NYC's 9-11 wounds, yadda yadda yadda. I also get that maybe he wanted to make a more explicit point that Gotham is an island, and a big aerial shot of Manhattan makes that point very well. Still, he was able to shoot TDK in Chicago and still have Gotham be an island. In my mind's eye, NYC is Metropolis and Gotham is more like Chicago or maybe Philly. At the very least, I think he should have digitally replaced the most iconic of NYC's landmarks.

  • ...and the kids were being led by an American doctor. Or do you mean the way British FILMMAKERS deal with zombies is ridiculous?

  • July 22, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST

    The entire world isn't infected, starwolf

    by FluffyUnbound

    Just Great Britain. The uninfected evacuated to France, where they no doubt envy the dead.

  • July 22, 2012, 3:19 p.m. CST

    I'd rather see a Dead Island movie.

    by Royston Lodge

    Small children spice up a zombie story quite nicely. The little girl in Night of the Living Dead. The opening scene from Snyder's Dawn of the Dead. The little girl at the gas station in the Walking Dead pilot, or the great "blowing Sophia away" scene. Those scenes are starting to become cliches, maybe, but bloody HELL the shock value is still DAMNED effective when a little kid charges at the protagonist's throat.

  • Of course, the whole point of the script is that the soldiers are insane. Being nuts, why wouldn't they think stupid things?

  • July 22, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST

    The infection can also be spread by contact with blood

    by RedRockPest

    So that would have accelerated the outbreak. As we see with the birds.

  • July 22, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST

    28 Weeks Later is a superior sequel.

    by Dharma4

    Honestly. It was amazing. -Namaste-

  • July 22, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Royston Lodge - Precisely, but still doesn't make sense

    by The StarWolf

    Yes, I was thinking about how people, including the soldiers, in the movie seemed to think they were screwed because there was no one who could come to rescue them, or where they could escape to. The soldiers' behaviour also didn't make sense. It had been only four weeks. They had a perfectly defensible position. Their status wasn't completely hopeless. So, unless recruitment standards for the British armed forces have dropped significantly over the past 20-30 years, there's no way the unit should be as screwed up as we were shown in the film after such a short time. Too, how is it the lead saw the plane high overhead, but trained military types - who are supposed to know the 'observation' thing, never did? Bad, bad film where things happened merely because the plot required them to, regardless of whether it made sense in context.

  • July 22, 2012, 7:42 p.m. CST

    I Am Legend?

    by ScriptCunt

    What the hell do either of those openers have to do with any aspect of I Am Legend? Lifted from Triffids, you bet! But I Am Legend?

  • July 22, 2012, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Resident Evil

    by Yer_Maw

    The hospital/empty streets scene was in Resident Evil which was released a few months before 28 Days Later. And it was better. So there. Day Of The Triffids was still first, though.

  • July 23, 2012, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Those soldiers weren't THAT crazy. Rapey, but not that crazy.

    by fireclown

    The commanders speech about figuring out how long the sick people would last before starving to death was pretty good thinking. And i you'r facing a decimation of your species, and they had every reason to believe that they were, putting a priority on makin some babies ASAP makes sense. They had gone pretty feral, but their thought process wasn't that far off the mark. /p not endorsing rape.

  • July 23, 2012, 6:44 a.m. CST

    RapeTroop does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    While I believe that when social disintegration happens, like we see in city riots, then anarchy can spread and escalate at a terrifying speed. So with millions dead and millions more turned into deranged infected I think four weeks could be long enough for someones moral compass to totally go haywire. However I also agree that the third act of 28 DAYS LATER feels clunky and off. If I recall the rape troops (as they shall now be forever known) actually had Christopher Eccleston beaming out a radio message to lure victims there for the raping. I mean, thats not a crime of passion or spontaenous. Thats like some weird rape honey trap. I mean these guys clearly were after a bit of rape but that seems pretty unlikely that theyd be transmitting the *come get raped* message all over the UK. Especially since Eccleston himself didnt seem particularly up for the raping, he was just doing it for his men cos they obviously liked raping so much. His rationale seemed to be that if he didnt let them go wild and rape then they would... um... go wild and rape. WHAT THE FUCK WAS THIS STUPID MOVIE THINKING?! ps. I liked 28 WEEKS LATER better.

  • July 23, 2012, 7:58 a.m. CST

    I once lived on an island after a hurricane hit

    by ajit maholtra

    And in the days that followed it was like the apocalypse. Let me tell you, the rape began happening in less than a week.

  • July 23, 2012, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Gotta admit Starwolf is right.

    by FluffyUnbound

    Based on the end of the movie, we know that the rest of Europe is still there, the US is still out there, the British Navy is still doing recon flights, etc. So the whole second half of the movie doesn't make any sense at all. Everything that happens after the hand-crank radio scene is wrong. Because as soon as they cranked up that radio, they'd probably hear European authorities, the British and US Navy, the Red Cross, etc. on literally every radio channel, broadcasting evac instructions to anybody still alive. The rapetroops have a secure area behind a stone wall. They have radio. They ABSOLUTELY would have called for evac and a helicopter would have landed behind the wall and evac'd them all. Hell, the skies over London would have looked like a frickin' air show, there would have been so many aircraft continually doing overflights looking for survivors, or even just tracking how active the infected still were. It's a fun little movie because the first half is compelling viewing, even if it doesn't stand up to analysis. But the plot definitely doesn't make a lot of sense, when you sit down and really scrutinize it.

  • July 23, 2012, 11:09 a.m. CST


    by FluffyUnbound

    Does it make me a geek if after I saw this movie, I went out and bought one of those hand-crank radios? And that I totally was thinking, 'This will be useful if the zombies ever come' while I was buying it?

  • July 23, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST

    The whole unit didn't have to be crazy. Only the commander.

    by Royston Lodge

    If the commander is crazy, but still charismatic, he might have smashed their radio and purposely kept his troops uninformed about the outside world. It doesn't HAVE to be interpreted as a caricature of the military to portray a single commander as being crazy. Even the best organizations get crazy people in leadership positions. Say that most of the UK army evacuated the island to regroup, and the crazy commander disobeys orders by staying behind with his men because thinks it's his opportunity to lead his own men in some crazy, quixotic survivalist fantasy where he can be the new King of New Britain. In other words, it's not necessarily a hackneyed coincidence that the one army commander left in Britain is nuts. He might have stayed behind on purpose. The moral of the story doesn't HAVE to be that ALL soldiers are crazy. Plus, just because he's crazy doesn't mean he has to be incompetent, so the fact he keeps an infected to see how long they survive is no evidence of his sanity. That being said, I fully agree that the dearth of aircraft overhead makes little sense. There should have been a few rescue helicopters, let alone reconnaissance flights.

  • Remember, that movie had the happy ending where Murphy survives and they're rescued AND the sad ending after the credits where Murphy dies and they're not rescued. Also, the plane he sees in the sky might be a hallucination, since he saw it when he was regaining consciousness after getting his ass kicked. They only really confirmed that the virus hadn't left the island when they made the sequel. The first movie left it ambiguous. If the virus DID escape the confines of Britain, then the movie makes perfect sense.

  • July 23, 2012, 4:53 p.m. CST

    They're only as "civilised" as people allow them to be...

    by Darth Macchio

    Too true...too true indeed.

  • July 26, 2012, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Royston lodge - crazy commander

    by The StarWolf

    You needed more than merely the commander being insane. Every soldier has drilled into him the concept of 'illegal orders' as in "You want us to do WHAT? Screw that, sir!" I'm guessing that being ordered to take someone out and shoot them because he tried to stop the rape of a civilian kinda tends to fall under that category.

  • July 26, 2012, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Oh and, the tunes?

    by The StarWolf

    That heavy metal soundtrack playing as the lead is wandering the deserted, silent streets of London had to have been about the all-time worst pick for music in a movie scene. They should have hired the guy who does the mood music for the SILENT HILL games. Now THAT would have fit.

  • July 29, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST

    royston lodge - it couldn't have left

    by The StarWolf

    The plague worked far too quickly to have made it off the island. The infection happened in seconds and do you really think an infected could fly a plane of operate a boat? The only way it could have left is if it were airborne or carried by insects, in which case everybody is screwed anyway.