28 Days Later writer settles long-running debate

Is 28 Days Later a zombie movie or not? Whichever camp you sit firmly in, there is always going to be someone to challenge that opinion – even among those who made the movie.

However, one of the creatives has finally weighed in, with the cult movie’s screenwriter Alex Garland giving his opinion about it.

The reason for the ambiguity of whether it is or isn’t a zombie movie is because there aren’t really any The Walking Dead-like monsters stomping around in the Danny Boyle-directed movie.

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The premise of 28 Days Later follows a pandemic caused by the accidental release of a contagious virus named The Rage, but the infected don’t die and then come back to life like a typical zombie.

However, they do exhibit zombie-like aggressive behavior and spread the disease by biting victims, though, so that’s where the debate comes in.

“I’m aware for years and years there’s been debates about that,” Garland told Empire. “Over whether or not it’s a zombie movie.”

So what does he think then?

“It’s a zombie movie,” he said. “Whatever technical discrepancies may or may not exist, they’re pretty much zombies.”

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Empire did also note that Danny Boyle is firmly sitting in the not-a-zombie-movie camp though, so who are you going to stand with?

Speaking of zombies, The Walking Dead has just aired its final mid-season finale as the show heads towards its grave, with a huge hint toward a fan-favorite character making a shock return.

Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes left the show back in season 9 but in the most recent episode, Norman Reedus’s character Daryl Dixon was spotted with Rick’s Colt Python revolver.

If that’s not a huge hint that we will be seeing Rick back soon, then who knows what is.

The Walking Dead season 11 airs on AMC in the US and STAR on Disney+ in the UK.

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