The innovative, interactive cinema company, Secret Cinema, are hosting their very first horror themed event and their first nationalised event. Their latest cinema experience will be taking place in London and another secret city from the 14th of April to the 29th of May, and is going to be the cinema event of the year
But which film is receiving the Secret Cinema treatment this year, after the immense success of last summer’s Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back event? Well, expect plenty of abandoned buildings, scares, and hordes of the undead as you prepare your mind and your body for the full-on experience of Danny Boyle’s 2002 cult classic 28 Days Later. Set in a post-apocalyptic London, the film sees Cillian Muprhy’s Jim awake from a coma to a world where a literal hate plague has taken over Britain. After Jim escapes, plastic bag of soda cans in hand, he runs into survivors who are searching for an escape – or a cure. But the promised land they are searching for soon turns into another nightmare…
While 28 Days Later avoids using the word ‘zombie’, it’s the definite inspiration for the latest trends in zombie media. The rage virus of 28 Days Later, which turns the infected into fast-moving, mindlessly violent killers, has been replicated and copied in films, books, and TV shows ever since. This is the first time the rage virus will be brought to life through interactive cinema and, knowing Secret Cinema, there are going to be a few twists and turns along the way that’ll make your blood pump and your adrenaline rush.
The reveal of the chosen film has broken Secret Cinema’s usual practice of not revealing the selected film beforehand, and has led the original creators to come forward and voice their support. Danny Boyle and original screenwriter Alex Garland have both been positive about the upcoming event, and the producer, Andrew Macdonald, has said that “Secret Cinema never fails to amaze with their experiences, and it’s exciting to see them tackle their first ever horror. London prepare”.
Thrilling, chilling, and exhilarating, you can expect to be immersed in a world that will bring 28 Days Later to life in ways you never imagined. With previous events creating the whole of Hill Valley, putting on live music, pyrotechnics, and live performances, there’s no way to predict how the fiendish minds behind Secret Cinema will bring the world of the rage virus into ours. If you can brave it, tickets are available now. Beware though, you’re going to be in for some serious scares.