The Rio Theatre‘s series of spooky offerings continues on Sunday, October 28 with a double bill screening featuring zombies… Lots of zombies. Expertly directed by visionary director Danny Boyle (TRAINSPOTTING, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE), 28 DAYS LATER this chilling foray into a nightmarish British dystopia offers many of the the expected tropes of the zombie mythology, while giving it a timely, deeply political edge. (Stick around for its sequel, the aptly titled 28 WEEKS LATER!)
After breaking into a primate research facility, a group of animal rights activists discover caged chimps chained up before banks of screens displaying horrifying, violent images. Ignoring the warnings of the terrified researcher who maintains that the chimps are infected, they begin to free the animals and are immediately subjected to a bloody attack from the enraged creatures. Twenty-eight days later, Cycle courier Jim awakes from a coma in the deserted intensive care unit of a London hospital. He wanders out into a church where he finds dead bodies piled in heaps on the chapel floor. A sudden explosion from a makeshift bomb heralds the arrival of fellow “survivors” Selina and Mark. They take Jim to safety and explain to him that this infection is transmitted by blood and overwhelms the infected victim with a murderous rage within seconds. Britain has been overrun, and they have no way of knowing if it has spread worldwide. Their only hope of survival may lie in the hands of a Manchester group of soldiers, as they claim to have the “answer” to infection and invite any survivors to join them at their blockade. With Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston and Brendan Gleeson.
“Danny Boyle’s purposeful direction and Mark Tildesley’s imaginative and resourceful production design keep this fresh and edgy; the images of a wasted London and the details of a paramilitary organization in the countryside are both creepy and persuasive.” (Chicago Reader)
Sunday, October 28
Doors 7:15 pm | Movie 7:45 pm
Single Film Tickets $10.50 HERE |$12.50 at the door
Why not make it a 28 Days Double Bill and see both films for one sweet price?
Double Bill Tickets $15 advance HERE | $17 at the door
*Minors permitted in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK for any single film! Please redeem at the door.
28 DAYS LATER (Danny Boyle, 2002 / 113 mins / 18A) Twenty-eight days after a killer virus was accidentally unleashed from a British research facility, a small group of London survivors are caught in a desperate struggle to protect themselves from the infected. Carried by animals and humans, the virus turns those it infects into homicidal maniacs — and it’s absolutely impossible to contain.