Pandemic Movies Horror movies (PANDEMIA) are the perfect place to explore our fears in the safety of our own homes. So it stands to reason that since we’re all stuck self-isolating in our own homes we should want to explore our abject terror of the (Pandemia History Latinoamérica) COVID-19 virus driving ordinarily sane people to stockpile booze and toilet paper outside.
Perhaps it’s a fascination with the movies that predicted how a pandemic would play out that put Steven Soderberg’s Contagion in the top ten most rented list on iTunes. Maybe it’s watching characters you can relate to dealing with a brand new disease in a story that’s ultimately fiction that has landed Outbreak in the Netflix top ten.
It’s not surprising we suddenly seem to have an appetite for infection and quarantine movies, so here are some of the best ones and where you can stream them from home.
Top Pandemic Movies to watch
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
In Terry Gilliam’s masterful sci-fi fable, an unbalanced prisoner named Cole (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time to 1996 from 2035, where the remnants of humanity live underground. His mission: to find and procure a sample of the virus that wiped out civilization so that future scientists can study it and find a cure. Based on the French short film La Jetee, 12 Monkeys is about the way that human intellect and emotion can distort time and reality, and its vision of a fading society buried underground by the spread of a pathogen is a chilling central metaphor.
Watch: Twelve Monkeys
28 Days Later (2002)
The seminal ‘running zombie’ movie from Danny Boyle finds a place on the list, where other zombie films may not because of its clarity that the outbreak is caused by animals infected with a virus These aren’t reanimated undead, but sick people. The virus is nicknamed ‘rage’ and sees the infected become insanely violent and highly contagious. Our hero is Cillian Murphy, unaware of the virus because of a stint in hospital in a coma, who finds London a deserted wasteland just 28 days after the outbreak began.
Watch: 28 Days Later
The Andromeda Strain (1971)
Based on Michael Crichton’s best selling 1969 novel, The Andromeda Strain chronicles the desperate efforts of a team of four scientists to solve the mystery of a fast-mutating extraterrestrial virus before it can spread throughout the world. The claustrophobic underground lab setting makes the film feel intimate even as the ramifications of the Andromeda organism are catastrophic and terrifying. Directed with pulse-pounding urgency by the great Robert Wise, the film’s focus on science makes it that much more realistic — and frightening.
Watch: The Andromeda Strain
The Bay (2012)
Oscar winner Barry Levinson (Rain Man) is the unexpected director of this underrated eco-horror which sees a coastal Maryland town infected by a flesh eating fish parasite. A found footage movie with several strands told via local reporting, phone footage, social media, and police surveillance it’s a cautionary tale which Levinson says is largely based on fact.
Watch: The Bay
A highly communicable disease renders much of the world’s population blind in this film from director Fernando Meirelles (The Two Popes) based on Jose Saramago’s novel. None of the characters — in a cast led by Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo — are named, as the film follows the book’s metaphorical nature while not shying away from the atrocities that occur as civilization collapses. Less about science and more about human nature, Blindness suggests that humanity will need to adapt different perspectives to survive a global catastrophe — a lesson worth remembering as we work our way through the COVID-19 crisis.
Cabin Fever (2003)
What’s that you say? You’ve got Cabin Fever? Thank your lucky stars it’s not this kind! Eli Roth’s feature debut was this comedy horror which sees a group of kids vacationing in a cabin attacked by a flesh eating virus. It’s extremely gory and gross (that leg shaving scene, eesh), but it’s also quite funny and sharp in how it plays with horror tropes.
Watch: Cabin Fever
Chris Pine stars in this post-apocalyptic road movie which sees a virus wipe out much of the population. An as yet uninfected foursome head out to a small resort they believe is plague-free where they plan to wait out the pandemic. On the way they encounter desperate survivors and dangerous factions and eventually turn on each other. Not the most cheerful of the movies on this list.
Children of Men (2006)
Director Alfonso Cuaron’s modern classic could well be the most frightening film on this list in many ways — because of both Cuaron’s hyper-realistic style of filmmaking and because its world is so recognizably our own in many ways. With an unknown malady preventing the birth of any new children for 18 years (following a global flu pandemic), the world is on the brink of societal collapse. Only one lone young woman — who is somehow pregnant — provides a beacon of hope against a storm of despair. The film’s lasting theme of faith against all odds may end up being a balm in these uncertain days.
Watch: Children of Men
A classic infection blockbuster from Wolfgang Peterson where we see medics battling with a virus brought to a Californian town by an African monkey. Outbreak is glossy and thrilling and much more self contained than something like Contagion – making it less a pandemic movie but a race to contain the virus mixed with some high octane conspiracy theory business.
Produced by Japan’s Toho Studios, Virus was directed by Kinji Fukasaku — who went on to make the legendary Battle Royale 20 years later — and was for its time the most expensive Japanese film in history. It uses an international cast, featuring stars such as Sonny Chiba, George Kennedy, Robert Vaughn, Chuck Connors, Olivia Hussey, Edward James Olmos and Glenn Ford, to detail the efforts of a small group of scientists to find the cure for a virus that has wiped out nearly all of humanity. The film’s length (156 minutes) and global scope give it an epic feel despite its overall bleak storyline.
Watch in the UK on: Amazon Prime
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