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28 Days Later: The Soundtrack Album

28 Days Later: The Soundtrack Album is the accompanying soundtrack to the 2002 film 28 Days Later. It was released on June 17, 2003. The original score was composed by John Murphy, and tracks from Brian Eno, Grandaddy and Blue States which featured in the movie also appear on the album.

28 Days Later: The Soundtrack Album
28 Days Later Album Cover.jpg
Soundtrack album by
John Murphy, Various Artists
ReleasedJune 17, 2003
GenreRock, post-rock, alternative rock, ambient, electronica, classical
Danny Boyle film soundtrack chronology
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28 Days Later: The Soundtrack Album

The second movement of "East Hastings" by the Canadian post-rock band Godspeed You! Black Emperor, albeit condensed, appeared in the film but not on the soundtrack album because the rights for the song could not be obtained.[1]

Track listingEdit

All tracks performed by John Murphy unless otherwise stated.

1."The Beginning"2:56
3."The Church"1:16
4."Jim's Parents (Abide with Me)" (Abide with Me performed by Perri Alleyne)2:29
5."Then There Were Two"0:42
6."Tower Block"1:26
7."Taxi (Ave Maria)" (Ave Maria performed by Perri Alleyne)2:08
8."The Tunnel"1:39
9."A.M. 180" (performed by Grandaddy)3:20
10."An Ending (Ascent)" (performed by Brian Eno)4:17
11."No More Films"0:48
12."Jim's Dream"0:40
13."In Paradisum (Faure's Requiem in D Minor)"2:11
14."Frank's Death – Soldiers (Requiem in D Minor)"2:39
15."I Promised Them Women"1:24
16."The Search for Jim"2:41
17."Red Dresses"0:48
18."In the House - In a Heartbeat"4:16
19."The End"1:55
20."Season Song"4:12
21."End Credits"1:46
22."Season Song (Rui da Silva Remix)" (performed by Blue States)7:39
23."Taxi (Ave Maria) (Jacknife Lee Remix)"6:15

Tracks 22 and 23 appear on the U.S. release only.

Reception and single releasesEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [2]
Sputnikmusic     [3]

"In the House – In a Heartbeat" is an instrumental metal track performed by John Murphy. The track was featured over the climactic confrontation of the film, and recurs in several scenes in the sequel, 28 Weeks Later. It is also featured in a climactic torture and fight scene in 2010's Kick-Ass and throughout the sequel Kick-Ass 2, and in a trailer for the post-apocalyptic Ukrainian videogame Metro 2033 and appeared again in the Metro Exodus trailer, which is another game in the franchise. The song was covered by British Death Metal band The Rotted on their album Get Dead Or Die Trying, and indie developer James Silva for the Xbox Live Arcade game The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, in a Guitar Hero style mini-game segment where the protagonists play guitar solos. This iteration was included in one of the game's soundtracks when released for free on the developer's bandcamp site, where it was dubbed "Iffenhaus – In a Heartbeat (John Murphy Homage)". An unofficial arrangement of it was used in the final scene of the first episode of the anime Highschool of the Dead. The Italian band Eldritch used the song on the first CD of their 2008 live album Livequake as an intro. It has also been featured in a Strongbow cider advert on British television. A remixed version of the song was used on the Metro Exodus announcement trailer. A trance remix was also produced by the Irish duo Tucandeo in 2013. [4]

The BBC used the track in a number of their television programmes in July 2011. It was used in tense or large scale moments in Top Gear, The Apprentice and Richard Hammond's Journey To....

"In Paradisum", a song arranged by Richard Marlow, has also received airplay in some countries.

"Season Song", a song performed by British band Blue States, from their 2002 album Man Mountain, was released as a single, containing a remixed version by Rui da Silva and a "Taxi" (Ave Maria) remix by Jacknife Lee.


  1. ^ Empire, Kitty (2002-11-10). "Get used to the limelight". London: Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2009-02-15.
  2. ^ Heather Phares. "28 Days Later (Enhanced) (Score)/O.S.T." AllMusic. Retrieved February 15, 2011.
  3. ^ "Soundtrack: 28 Days Later Soundtrack". Sputnikmusic. May 16, 2007. Retrieved February 15, 2011.
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