During these trying times while dealing with the spread of coronavirus, I give you some sage advice: STAY OUT OF CHURCHES! And also, stock up on toilet paper or you’ll be wiping your ass with leaves from outside. But yes, if you believe anything from the 2002 classic 28 Days Later, then you know that you shouldn’t go poking around in churches. Otherwise this might happen:
For my money, this is still one of the most effective scenes EVER (yes, ever) in a horror movie (or, movie in general). Those two dudes that pop up when Jim says “Hello?” still get me shook to this very day and give me the creeps. Hard to believe that we’ll be approaching a 20-year anniversary soon for this movie, as it has aged incredibly well and still remains a revelation for its style and overall influence that it had on the zombie subgenre. But alas, like I said – these are trying times at the moment…..so hunker down, enjoy some good horror, and for God’s sake stay out of the churches!
I remember back in 2004 when I begrudgingly went to the theater to see Zack Snyder’s Dawn Of The Dead remake. I was timid….I was pessimistic….I was craving some movie theater popcorn with extra butter. Now back in 2004, there hadn’t been a lot of horror remakes made yet. So when I heard that my beloved 1978 version of Dawn Of The Dead was in fact being remade, I shuddered and threw something at my crappy laptop that I had at the time. And then I saw the opening sequence in the theater and much like The Grinch, my heart started to grow……
Love that aerial shot towards the end. And you gotta love how Ana’s husband Luis is in full pursuit of her car, but then quickly veers off to the side to grab some lunch at the expense of a hapless neighbor. Obviously, the biggest beef I did end up having with this movie was the debut of the sprinting zombies (28 Days Later had it, but at least it was explained there). It just never really computes with me and I much prefer the slower brain dead version when I’m watching the walking dead in a horror film.
Oh – and one more beef was the character Nicole’s obsession with fucking Chips the dog. Seriously? Oh sure – it’s a cute dog, but when you’re in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, why in the fuck would you endanger your life and the lives of all of the other people to go and……..ok – I’m sorry I need to calm down. That’s a sore subject with me and I’m obviously very passionate about it in a much unneeded and semi-disturbing way. So yeah – hooray to the opening scene from the Dawn Of The Dead remake! It almost made me forget about that stupid ass Chips the dog subplot. Almost.