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Marshall's Doomsday Recalls '80s Films

Neil Marshall, the British director of the upcoming futuristic apocalypse movie Doomsday, told SCI FI Wire he was inspired by similar movies from the 1980s, such as Escape From New York, Metal Storm and The Warriors.

"It's like everything's been thrown into the mix," Marshall (The Descent) said in an interview at Comic-Con International in San Diego on July 28. "The basic story is, in present day, a virus starts, ... a new virus that nobody knows of, ... in Scotland and starts to wipe out the population of Scotland. And, as a last resort, they basically quarantine the entire country."

The story of the movie, which stars Rhona Mitra, Malcolm McDowell and Bob Hoskins, picks up about 25 years later, when the virus has decimated Great Britain, and a band of survivors travels northward to find what they believe to be the last remaining inhabitants who may hold the cure.

"What they find there is this sort of post-apocalyptic society," Marshall said. "When they go to Glasgow, there's this sort of street gang with marauders who've become this kind of cannibalistic kind of youth-oriented group. And then the further north they go, it's kind of like traveling back in time. They find this feudal society living in a castle; it's like knights in armor. And then it's like they've raided all the museums in the country."

The movie also features much of Marshall's trademark gore and violence, including a scene in which a character is cooked alive and eaten. "I simply couldn't help myself," the soft-spoken director said. "It's not a horror film, but, as my makeup-effects supervisor said, ... 'You realize that there's more blood and guts in this than there is in Descent?' And I was like, 'Really?' And he said, 'Yeah. The only difference is it's not all in the last 20 minutes or whatever.' ... There's just tons of it. ... We've got exploding heads. We've got people getting their hands shot off. Lots of beheadings and people eviscerated and cooked alive, and there's lots of nasty stuff in there. But it's not a horror film." Doomsday opens May 19, 2008. —Patrick Lee, News Editor
 


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