Wow, so after experiencing Trainspotting
and already being familiar with 28 Days Later
, I decided to check out one of Danny Boyle's earlier films, the 1994 drama / thriller Shallow Grave
, starring Christopher Eccleston and Ewan McGregor.
The film's plot goes like this: Juliet, David and Alex are living together in a flat and are looking for a house mate to fill their 4th bedroom. The trio conduct interviews which very unorthodox and comical in their own demeaning ways. Eventually the three agree on one prospective tenant.
Hugo (Keith Allen
) moves in, locks his door, and is not seen again. After a couple of days the three become curious and break in to his room - only to discover him dead, naked on his bed with an abundance of drugs strewn about the room. As if that wasn't enough, a large metal briefcase filled with money is under the bed.
The trio's friendship begins to break down as they try to decide what to do with this corpse (and the money). After drawing straws David (Christopher Eccleston
) is chosen to do 'the deed' (which consists of cutting off the hands and feet and removing the teeth of the Hugo, as to make it hard to identify the body should it be found).
As you can imagine, Eccleston's character is pushed to the breaking point and begins to go a little crazy, the suspension builds as paranoia floods the flat. What results is an amazing piece of cinema that will leave you disturbed and chilled to the bone.
This was McGregor's breakthrough performance that led to his teaming up with Boyle again in 1996's Trainspotting
, and the rest as they say, is history.