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What do you get when some attractive students stay up too late inside the Large Hadron Collider and aren't told about radiation leaks? Zombies and lots of scary moments inside very long subterranean tunnels seem to be the answer, judging by the preview below for Decay, a film written and directed by actual PhD candidate and …

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They're waiting for you, Gordon...

...in the test chamber.

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Re: They're waiting for you, Gordon...

"This is bad. We are BAD PEOPLE! Why did we usher in the GREEN APOCALYPSE??"

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Re: They're waiting for you, Gordon...

why do we have to wear these RIDICULOUS ties?

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Re: They're waiting for you, Gordon...

"Oh you wanna know why? It's symbolic. The management wants you to know that you are their dog, so they keep you on a leash."

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Great

Love a good zombie flick. Or a bad one.

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Meh

Just got done watching it, and not trying to slag it... but it is neither epically great, nor shockingly bad.

It's a bit mediocre, which is really the problem I think. The zombies weren't really scary... they weren't fast or slow... for some reason I had no connection at all with the non-zombie characters and therefore didn't really care one way or the other when they died.

There are worse ways to spend 75 minutes of course. Overall, I think this is a good effort - especially if it's really a DIY/Shoestring student film as advertised.

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interesting

many people say that a lot of the Hollywood actors are as think as mince and there is definitely some evidence of that, if this film is accurate in that the actors are all highly educated that would also suggest that the opposite is true

So could that mean there is a direct correlation between academic ability and acting ability

nice idea, but some serious casting flaws

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Re: interesting

Natural talent does come into it but acting is a skill, or craft, that needs to be learned and practiced, with feedback from mentors, peers and audiences. That's why the older and more experienced actors are usually the best ones.

A high achieving group of physics PhD students have probably not spent much time developing any acting skills they may have.

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absolutely an im not criticising the actors in the film, as you say, they are what they are and without practice it would be hard to improve

But yes your correct, I shouldn't draw lines where there are none.

But it is curious that many of the young AAA actors or should I say media celebs, are a bit.... dim!

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Re: interesting

There is some almost conventional language in acting, body language of various sorts including facial expression and a part of the craft is in being aware of and in control of that. But how well that gets taught in schools, or in amateur drama I wouldn't care to guess. Film allows more subtlety, because the camera is closer than the audience in a theatre.

I wouldn't rule out these people doing some acting in the past, and if it's the rather exaggerated stage approach, well, this is a zombie movie. They don't have to be subtle.

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"A high achieving group of physics PhD students have probably not spent much time developing any acting skills they may have."

No, but by the time they make Professor they will have honed them to perfection.

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Re: interesting

kids these days aren't taught the proper way of eating brains from a young age so what do you expect. it has nothing to do with drama school but all to do with the dumbing down of traditional zombie subjects

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"But it is curious that many of the young AAA actors or should I say media celebs, are a bit.... dim!"

Maybe this is because of the millions of people whose life plan is no more than "do a thing so I will be famous" a few of them actually make it

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Eh, everyone knows that when the inadvertent LHC dimensional rift opens....

We're going to get shoggoths, or maybe lawyers!!

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Re: Eh, everyone knows that when the inadvertent LHC dimensional rift opens....

We can handle a few shoggots. [Chomps cigar]. But lawyers ... get me the President on the phone!

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Re: Lawyers

Get me Rex Kramer!

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Re: Eh, everyone knows that when the inadvertent LHC dimensional rift opens....

"Shoggoths, or maybe lawyers"

One might need a highly-trained eye to tell the difference.

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::yawns::

Whatever. Look up "super-8" +SLAC ;-)

I won't go into "Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB" ...

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Nice story, Good quality recording,

Poor actors

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Re: Nice story, Good quality recording,

No plot + cheesiness + bad acting = brilliant zombie movie!

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Re: Nice story, Good quality recording,

It's better than your zombie movie. So there.

(Also, as a bonus, quite unlikely to have the line "The neutrinos are mutating" in it...)

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Paris

Why wasn't Paris cast as the head zombie?

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Because she's already done a man-eating flick...

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Paris

Yeah, but she did eat his *brains*

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Re: Paris

Well she ate his little head, and that is where a lot of men appear to keep the controlling brain.

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Why would she be at CERN?

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"What do you get when some attractive students stay up too late inside the Large Hadron Collider and aren't told about radiation leaks?"

Less-attractive students.

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Mis-direction

It's all a ploy to ensure that if footage of a real LHC-facilitated incursion comes out, it can be written off as an amateur horror flick.

I'm not fooled.

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http://thedailypixel.com/2012/01/29/concern-as-dr-gordon-freeman-appointed-head-of-particle-physics-at-cern/

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Residen

TeV-il.

The white one. Er, guys, you're putting it on me back-to-front..guys?

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Re: Residen

"TeV-il."

I see what you did there... but is TeV short for "TERROR-electronvolts"?

Also, I'm waiting for the gay porn knockoff version, to be set in the Large Hardon Collider.

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It's obvious

These are the long sought after Higgs Bo-Zonbies!

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The real inspiration

http://xkcd.com/564/

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+1 for the Half Life reference

Well done sir

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First zombie seen eating victim

reminded me of F.E.A.R. intro.

Similar cut/blur/lighting.

Nice!

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Sheesh you take one day off to go Christmas shopping and this happens.

Oh well, *grabs crowbar*

<need one these, mouths a bit dry.

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I'm waiting for the grumble flick....

Well Michael, I play the part of Mona Lott, the laboratory assistant to Dr Ben Over and Dr Hardon who invent a liquid that dissolves clothes that they spill on me and all my clothes fall off and then a micro black hole escapes from the hardon collider and invades my by body and starts it's sucking in everything around me...

Ohhh but Michael, I'm telling you the plot, it's all done in the best possible taste...

Cupid Stunt Paris. who else?

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Re: I'm waiting for the grumble flick....

has the screen play been written by Patrick Stewart?

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They seem to think the 480p, when ready, will be ~4GB...what, does this run for 5-6 hours or something?!

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720p version is 4,634,399,046 bytes, 1 hour 16 minutes long...

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"This film has not been authorized or endorsed by CERN" unless it makes a packet then they will want a cut. Otherwise, it will be shunned by the CERN management.

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Unless there's some serious product placement going on, then I doubt they'll be making a packet from a free download... Unless it's also a trojan designed to steal our banking info. Oh crap, now I'll have to cancel my download! Woe is me

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It's Creative Commons licenced

so I doubt it.

Now, the rights to make a remake, on the other hand...

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Nobody expected

zombies? The way things are I've started to expect zombies every time I go around the corner for a carton of milk.

Zombies are a little overdone is what I'm saying.

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Re: Nobody expected

You prefer your Zombies fresh?

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"What do you get when some attractive students..."

"Many of the cast and crew are also actual physicists."

Actual physicists are not attractive.

Film itself looks pretty good though so I will be downloading. Lack of acting experience is generally a bonus in low budget horror movies. Just watch Night of the Living Dead (or any early Romero movie) for the perfect example.

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Actual physicists are not attractive?

They are at undergraduate level, though most of the girls realise at this level that they could get far more in banking or IT than research...

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Re: Enter Andrew Loeb....?

[SPOILER]

Doesn't Andrew Loeb step on a mine and die?

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Wow

I know people doing PhDs and it's not what you'd call a 9-5 punch-card job: good on you guys for finding time and making this!

Now, the next move is to sell the rights to make a remake to Hollywood for ££$$...

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