Happy Halloween horror fans! If you’re still deciding on the perfect scary movie to cuddle up with tonight, you can’t go wrong with 28 Days Later. Even though the film’s “infected” are not undead, 28 Days Later had a huge impact on the zombie subgenre that dominated the mid-2000s. But even if you’re an uber-fan of the flick, chances are there are aspects of the production you weren’t aware of.
That’s where our friends at CineFix come in; they’ve assembled a video list: 7 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About 28 Days Later! It’s a must-watch, whether you’re a casual fan or a fanatic. It’s an unprecedented window into what it took to bring the film to fruition and will definitely enhance your overall appreciation for filmmaker Danny Boyle’s masterpiece.
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Have a watch and let us know what you think in the Comments section! Which of these facts did you find most intriguing? If you can’t stream, the 7 things you (probably) didn’t know are listed and briefly summarized below the video. After that, you can peep the trailer and synopsis for 28 Day Later. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Happy Halloween! 28 Days Later was a groundbreaking zombie thriller, and it’s the perfect time of year to give it the TYDK treatment. Hit the thumbs up, if you want to see a part 2!
All of the chimps in the opening scene of 28 Days Later are under 7-years-old. The video explains legislation that dictates who chimps can be used in films.
Director Danny Boyle considered having the hospital where Jim (played by Cillian Murphy) wakes up filled with corpses. Ultimately, he decided that shots of the hospital deserted delivered the mood he was going for; it also works better with Jim’s confusion, as he has no clue what has transpired around him.
The budget was so tight, all of the extras who played corpses in the Church scene were only compensated with a cup of tea. Of course, bragging rights that you played a body in 28 Days Later are priceless.
Boyle dedicated much of the film’s budget to special FX, feeling he had to compete with the explosive offerings of Michael Bay in order to appeal to American audiences.
28 Days Later was actually filmed in chronological order, something that’s almost never done. Boyle considered filming in this manner a luxury and it helped the cast with their performances, as they had a clear understanding of everything that came beforehand.
The film almost ended sooner, simply because the production ran out of money. Luckily, Fox was so impressed with what Boyle has accomplished, they gave him the funds necessary to give 28 Days Later the ending it deserves.
Boyle insisted that the crew provide at least 1,000 buckets for the rooftop scene; apparently, it was such a big deal the director “threw a hissy fit”.
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Official Synopsis: A group of misguided animal rights activists free a caged chimp infected with the “Rage” virus from a medical research lab. When London bike courier Jim (Cillian Murphy) wakes up from a coma a month after, he finds his city all but deserted. On the run from the zombie-like victims of the Rage, Jim stumbles upon a group of survivors, including Selena (Naomie Harris) and cab driver Frank (Brendan Gleeson), and joins them on a perilous journey to what he hopes will be safety.
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