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Top Five: Viral Outbreak Movies

The world has entered a pandemic with COVID-19 spreading like... well, like a virus.  Since I'm a sick bastard with a twisted sense of humour, I figured it was a great time to bring you a Top Five List of Viral Outbreak Movies!

"12 Monkeys" (1995)-  In this film, Bruce Willis is sent from the future to prevent the release of a virus by eco-terrorists that'll wind up wiping out the majority of humanity- and pushing them underground.

Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt put in great performances in this film.  The book is pretty good too.

"28 Days Later" (2002)-  The UK has been hit by a virus that is turning people into rage filled killers.

Great acting, great mood, and a realistic sense of isolation.  Especially note worthy for introducing the concept of the "rage zombie" to the genre.  Definitely a film to watch while the streets empty of people hoping to avoid COVID-19.

"Cabin Fever" (2002)-  A group of friends go to an isolated cabin... only t…
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The Book Nook: "Bag of Bones" (Stephen King)

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The Animated Addict: "The Addams Family" (2019)

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Update: Plans Plans Plans!

Tuesday saw the first article in the relaunch of "The Corner of Terror".  Today, I'd like to take the opportunity to give you an idea of what to expect in the days, months, years ahead.

First off, you've probably noticed a sleeker new look that's very similar to our partners at "From the Basement".  Well, it's so the two blogs can put forth a more united, and cohesive "brand" in terms of being recognizable by those just sauntering through.  When you see us, hopefully you'll think of them as well- and vice versa.  I've also streamlined and tidied up the banner a bit, while keeping a nice horror element to it.

You've probably also noticed that I prefaced Tuesday's article with "The Game Room", and that it matches many of the articles I write over in The Basement as well.  Once again- it's intentional, so we can create a stronger tie between the two blogs.  Also it'll help make it a bit easier to search for …