Having to do a spoiler free review of Secret Cinema’s take on 28 Days Later isn’t easy. Mainly because I want to recall of the amazing individual moments that occurred, without giving too much away.
Secret Cinema is famous for putting on screenings of cult classics in settings that make you feel you are in the film yourself.
The pretence for the showing of Danny Boyle’s classic is that you’re going to hospital to get inoculated against the virus turning Londoners into zombies.
Everyone working at the event stayed strictly in character from arrival to end. From buying drinks to sealing your phone away, every interaction was incorporated into the performance.
They encourage you to dress up for the event. I managed to show up in a bright yellow decontamination suit, looking like a high carb banana for the undead, whilst fellow connoisseur of horror, Haunted Hayles turned up in his typical Alan Partridge smart-casual.
Luckily they give away free medical jumpsuits and face masks to those not in costume, preventing my friend from screaming ‘Not on the cashmere’ should the infected take a fancy to him.
I also highly recommend having a few beers to get yourself merry beforehand. Not just to save money, but to loosen you up for the live-action sequence of events they put you through before you watch the film.
Without saying too much, you soon begin to feel like you’re a survivor in a real zombie apocalypse.
Although the price of the ticket is comparable to West End musicals or big-ticket sporting events, they definitely invest it into the production design and choreography of the event.
It was almost disappointing that the revelry finished to let the film begin, but the whole night moved organically from situation to situation.
It’s the little interactions I had with the actors that really brought the experience to life for me.
There’s no denying how expensive the tickets are, but you wouldn’t want them to have attempted this event on the cheap. You definitely get what you are paying for.
The perfect balance of intense zombie horror mixed with the fun atmosphere of a new post-apocalyptic community partying together.
I look forward to Secret Cinema taking on other horror classics. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre would be fun!