The 28 Days Later writer settles a long-running debate

East 28 days later a zombie movie or not? Whichever camp you sit firmly in, there’s always going to be someone to challenge that opinion – even among those who made the movie.

However, one of the creatives has finally weighed in, with cult film screenwriter Alex Garland giving his thoughts on the matter.

The reason for the ambiguity of whether or not this is a zombie movie is that there really isn’t one. The Walking Dead-like stomping monsters in the film directed by Danny Boyle.

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The premise of 28 days later follows a pandemic caused by the accidental release of a contagious virus named The Rage, but those infected do not die and then come back to life as a typical zombie.

However, they exhibit zombie-like aggressive behavior and spread disease by biting victims, so this is where the debate comes in.

“I’ve known for years and years that there have been debates about this,” Garland said. Empire. “On whether or not it’s a zombie movie.”

So what does he think then?

“It’s a zombie movie,” he said. “Whatever the technical discrepancies, whether they exist or not, they’re pretty much zombies.”

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Empire also noted that Danny Boyle is firmly seated in the not-zombie movie camp, so who are you going to stand with?

Speaking of zombies, The Walking Dead just aired its latest mid-season finale as the series heads to its grave, with a huge hint towards a fan-favorite character making a shock return.

Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes left the show in Season 9, but in the most recent episode, Norman Reedus’ character Daryl Dixon was spotted wielding Rick’s Colt Python revolver.

If that’s not a huge hint that we’ll see Rick again soon, then who knows what is.

The Walking Dead season 11 airs on AMC in the United States and STAR on Disney+ UK.

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