Halloween is that time of the year when all the good little boys and ghouls get rewarded with a night of fancy dress, candy and, our personal favourite, a good old fashioned proper horror movie.
In anticipation of Halloween, our regular horror buff Phil Robinson has been lost deep in the woods, selecting the prime cuts of the best horror films that you should be watching on TV and online this month, with tonight’s double feature frightfest being…
28 Days Later (2002)
Sky Movies Sci-Fi & Horror, 9.00pm
When Danny Boyle was following up from his less-than-stellar outing The Beach, no one really expected him to reinvent the zombie genre while he was at it.
Grim and minimal, while also showing off a dash of dark humour, 28 Days Later put Boyle back on top form, in a very British apocalypse indeed.
Bike courier Jim (Cillian Murphy) awakens after an accident in an empty hospital, only to find the world outside has gone to hell. Four weeks (28 days, as it happens) have passed and after a virus has wiped out most of the country, he and a handful of others must survive the masses of rage-infected psychopaths outside, as well as each other.
With a cast that is absolutely crammed full of top notch performances from Murphy, as well as Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson and Christopher Eccleston, this is the perfect example of how a serious a-list director should tackle the horror genre.
28 Weeks Later (2007)
Sky Movies Sci-Fi & Horror, 11.00pm
It can’t be easy, following up a film like 28 Days Later. With Boyle’s time taken up with other projects, the directorial seat was occupied by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who took the minimal, grim original and upped the action, the drama and the scares.
With the infected dying our, the US army begins to repopulate London with those who made it out safely, including a father (Robert Carlyle) and his children. Unfortunately, a new strain finds its way into the city and the only thing that follows it mayhem and bloodshed.