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article imageZombie doomsday at CERN: Low-budget horror movie 'Decay' released

By Anne Sewell     Dec 11, 2012 in Entertainment
While stressing that the film has not been authorized or endorsed by CERN, students have released "Decay", a zombie doomsday scenario film, sparked by the Large Hydron Collider and search for the Higgs Boson.
Just when you thought you'd seen enough zombie movies, a group of students has put together a low-budget horror film called "Decay", featuring a bunch of zombies roaming the tunnels of CERN.
The movie was set entirely at the Large Hadron Collider, in the nuclear research center located in Switzerland, with the massive lab serving as backdrop for the dire scenario.
It was written, directed and produced by two physics PhD students, Luke Thompson and Hugo Day of the University of Manchester in England. Thompson and Day decided to post their work online and to make it a free download, with Thompson saying that the idea was never about money.
"The fact is that it's a no-budget indie and there's no reason to expect we'd sell more than a few hundred copies," he explained. "So we'd rather our two years of work was seen by more people by releasing it for free," he told Wired.
The Large Hadron Collider building at CERN Switzerland - set for the low-budget horror movie   Decay...
The Large Hadron Collider building at CERN Switzerland - set for the low-budget horror movie, "Decay".
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The theme of the movie is that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) maintenance crew, trapped underground at the CERN installation, accidentally get struck by Higgs radiation, which turns them into zombies. The story follows a group of students who discovered what the radiation did to some of their team.
Shortly after this, the zombie maintenance crew begins its hunt for the CERN physicists, with scary results.
Thompson and Day began their project in 2010, and it took two years and only $3,000 to complete. Around 20 people, some of them students, star in the 76 minute film.
The film apparently might even prove to be educational. Thompson told Wired, “I don’t want to spoil the film, but we realized the theme and location also gave us a great chance to do some satirical commentary on various aspects of people’s perceptions of science.”
“So there are some hidden depths to the film too, beyond us just having fun!” he added.
While the film was made in their premises, CERN did not give the project its official support, with a disclaimer opening the trailer to the movie, and the shooting took place only at publicly accessible areas of the research center.
The film was premiered on November 29 and can now be viewed on YouTube here or downloaded from the movie's website.
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