John Murphy, 'In the House, In a Heartbeat,' ('28 Days Later,' 2002)
To score the gathering sense of post-apocalyptic terror and dread in his fast-moving horror film 28 Days Later, Danny Boyle collaborated with John Murphy, who would go on to score Millions and Sunshine. "It comes from Wagner," says Boyle. "All these big, swelling, slightly atonal pieces that are kind of dissonant but actually building. And a lot came out of my discovery of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and their song, 'East Hastings,' which we used at the beginning of 28 Days Later. It's got this very slow build and then explosive things come out of it. I love that dynamic. There's something beautiful about the way a very quiet beginning opens your ears in a film. If you sustain that for a while, you open up the audience's ears, and then they are vulnerable and open and you can charge in there, you know. You can make people feel loud, as well."