One of horror’s greatest openings remains capable of wreaking havoc

It’s been over 15 years since the film was released and more than 20 since the franchise first launched, but fans are still waiting with a mixture of patience, hope and optimism to find out if Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is 28 weeks later will ever get that sequel we keep hearing about.

At various stages over the past decade and a half, the third installment in the frenetic zombie saga has either been in active development, back to the drawing board, gathering steam, or completely dead in the water. The last update was encouraging, but no matter what, it’s going to take one hell of an effort to top its predecessor’s opening scene.

28 weeks later
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Start things off with a bang that can induce heart palpitations and anxiety just as much today as it did a long time ago. 28 weeks later explodes off the blocks with a relentless onslaught by the savage hordes on a remote farmhouse, culminating in the unforgettable sight of Robert Carlyle’s Don leaving his wife to her demise to save his own skin.

Within minutes, it’s visceral, chaotic, gory, and ultimately heartbreaking, and based on responses garnered in a Reddit thread mentioning the sheer intensity of the film’s introductory sequence, it’s lost none of its emotional impact, either Not.

As a whole, weeks may not be as strong as Danny Boyles from start to finish 28 days laterbut there’s no denying that it ignites with one of the best openings in the history of not just the zombie genre, but all of horror itself. One of horror’s greatest openings remains capable of wreaking havoc

Lindsay Lowe

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