It’s a very common staple of the horror genre for any surprise success to spawn a brood of sequels usually more terrifying in their sheer number than anything in the actual films themselves. The likes of Halloween (seven sequels, a reboot and then a sequel to the reboot), Hellraiser (seven sequels and an eighth unofficial one) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (six sequels, one weird postmodern experiment and a reboot) were truly milked for all they were worth, and more recently both the The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and the Saw series reached their seventh instalments. However, despite Danny Boyle’s hugely influential 28 Days Later and this not quite as impressive but still admirable sequel both doing well critically and commercially, it looks like that’s all we’re going to get. Which is rather disappointing – if Friday the 13th (which was never really all that good in the first place) can have twelve total films and counting, how come this far more interesting franchise has so far only left us with two? The first film’s writer Alex Garland has hinted at why.

28 WEEKS LATER
A Rare Modern Horror Film that's Actually Scary, Violent and Genuinely Disturbing8
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Still Not as Good as the First One Though6
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Why No 28 Months Later?5
Bechdel Test Passes
  • Features more than one named female character
  • The female characters talk to each other
  • They talk about something other than men
Bechdel Test Failures
  • n/a
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