According to a press release
from H2ZZ Productions, the inspiration came to Manchester University
Ph.D. student Luke Thompson about 3 years ago when he joked that “the
tunnels under CERN would be ideal for a zombie movie.” “Decay” was made
on a shoestring budget of 2000 British Pounds and with a cast
and crew of of about 20 people.
The plot–less original, perhaps, than the setting–“follows a small group of students (played by physicists)
after a disastrous malfunction in the world’s biggest particle
accelerator. As they try desperately to escape from the underground
maintenance tunnels, they are hunted by the remains of a maintenance
team, who have become less than human”, due to exposure to the
newly-discovered Higgs boson.
film “seemed a good opportunity for some satire, making fun of all the
scare stories about the LHC,” he said in an article published today on Times Higher Education. To assistant director Clara Nellist, it was a way to reach out to the
public. “Researchers laugh at the intentionally bad science, but I’ve
also had my 80-year-old grandma asking me about the physics,” she said
in the same article. CERN found out about the movie around the time it was finished, and does not endorse it, Thompson told Times Higher Education. Yet, the movie, has been screened at
institutions like the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)
near Chicago, the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Stanford, and
the GSI large-scale accelerator facility for heavy ions in Darmstadt,
Germany. It was made available for free on the Internet on 8 December.