Friday, September 2, 2011

Horror Music of the Day: 28 Weeks Later “Don Abandons Alice"

I think 28 Days Later is one of the best zombie movies ever made. Danny Boyle created a fresh and unique zombie movie that truly felt like a hopeless Armageddon that focused the supposed last survival of mankind.

Its sequel 28 Weeks Later however, didn't quite turn out as well, and didn't have Boyle at the helm. I still think it's a fairly decent movie, though. Robert Carlyle plays a great tormented father/husband who is haunted by abandoning his wife and one of his children when the zombies infected with rage have overrun his house.

It's a situation I hope to never be in and is a question I'm sure many people have asked: When everything seems hopeless, would you abandon the ones you love that you know aren't going to make it, to save yourself?

The rest of the movie, sadly doesn't live up to this opening scene. I personally don't think it's a bad movie like everyone else, but it's a bit of a let down after such a riveting scene. To be honest, 28WL shoots its wad too early leaving you wondering why it's still going for another 85 minutes.

Perhaps the best thing for 28 Weeks Later throughout however, is the music. So, I attribute this "Horror Music of the Day" to 28 Weeks Later "Don Abandons Alice". The music starts off so subtly and ramps up into a more intense version of the original 28 Days Later theme.

The original had a slow bass and light guitar mixture that was very dreary. This version amplifies very quick, speeds up in tempo and starts from acoustic guitar into heavily distorted guitar that really adds to the scene. I think it's brilliant, sets the mood perfectly and is just great to listen to as a stand alone piece.

I always found this opening scene to be the best and most powerful scene in the movie.

Here is the scene in the movie:

Here is just the music score without the movie for listening pleasure.

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