28 Weeks Later

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28 Weeks Later was first film that truly horrified me. I left the theater with a sense of creeping dread and hopelessness. Don’t get me wrong, it was excellent. I just needed to watch a comedy — or do something to flush the movie from my senses.

If you want to indulge your worst pandemic fears, Contagion is great film. If you’d like to go a step beyond that, watch 28 Days Later, and then 28 Weeks Later. They’re not zombie films — they’re much more vicious than that.

28 Days Later was shot indie-style by one of the greatest living directors, Danny Boyle. The story depicts the breakdown of society following the accidental release of the highly contagious (rage) virus.  The film focuses on the struggle of four survivors trying to make their way to a “safe zone”.

The sequel, 28 Weeks Later (2007) was directed and co-written by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. It’s set directly after the events of the first film. The story depicts a NATO safe zone in London. Two young siblings break quarantine to find their infected mother and accidentally reintroduce the Rage Virus into the safe zone.

Much like its predecessor, 28 Weeks Later received positive reviews of the film’s performances, atmosphere, and screenplay. Oddly, director/writer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, hasn’t done much since that film.

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Gear used

For In the House – In a Heartbeat, I used my Cordoba C7 Cedar. It’s a relatively inexpensive guitar. The C7 sounds warm and dark — while still retaining the highs of the trebles. You can find a current list of my gear here.

How to play In the House – In a Heartbeat | fingerstyle guitar

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This song is the title track of both 28 Days, and 28 Weeks Later. It’s a gnarly and dread-filled chord progression by composer, John Murphy. The piece has since been used in other television and film works. I love the juxtaposition of my classical guitar against the distorted guitars of the original.

The guitar tab is 3 pages long and played straight through. However, you’ll repeat the intro twice is indicated in the guitar tab. Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

In the House – In a Heartbeat | fingerstyle guitar

I’m playing this piece one whole step down for a darker tone: D G C F A D. The original is played in standard tuning: E A D G B E.


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Matthew's dad, Jennifer's husband, bass player - New Invisible Joy, YouTuber, short-film composer, creator of modern content for guitar.