2. 28 Days Later (2002)

Cillian Murphy as Jim in 28 Days Later 2002

Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later is a seminal movie, responsible for the transformation of the zombie genre and reshaping the way that the movie monsters are seen. It’s also a beautifully bleak exploration of the collapse of society and of humanity’s will to survive. Led by Cillian Murphy and Naomie Harris, with Brendan Gleeson and Christopher Eccleston appearing in supporting roles, 28 Days Later is a landmark piece of British cinema.

28 Days Later established a few key tropes for the zombie genre, most notably the idea of the “fast zombie”. 28 Days Later‘s zombies and their ability to sprint maniacally towards the living made it one of the scariest zombie films of all time, especially as it pushed the boundaries of the genre. However, as well as excellent horror, it also boasts moments of poignant drama that allow Danny Boyle’s superlative skill as a filmmaker shine through.

28 Days Later is a true Hall of Fame movie. Its scariest moments remain scary even decades on, and its story remains as touching and tense as ever. There’s very little not to love about Danny Boyle’s powerful piece of post-apocalyptic horror, and it was by far one of the ’00s best horror movies.