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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 to discover that a flesh eating disease has started to spread amongst them...

One of the "gooier" of the virus films.  The pre-empted "finger bang" scene probably accounted for the lack of foreplay women received around that time... *shudder*

"Masque of the Red Death"(1964)-  A wealthy nobleman is holding a party filled with debauchery and depravity.  A mysterious red clad guest arrives... and death soon follows them...

One of the better Roger Corman adaptations of an Edgar Allan Poe story.  I have always had a soft spot for this movie..

"The Last Man on Earth" (1964)-  A virus has swept the world- turning people into blood thirsty undead.  Only one man remains... bound and determined to rid the world of the vampiric menace...

Another film I have a soft spot for.  Based on the book, "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson.  Surprising, Matheson said that although it was the closest retelling of his story... he wasn't a fan of it.

BONUS MATERIAL:  "Quarantine" (2008)-  The worst virus outbreak movie winner.

I'm not going to say much else.

I'm just going to direct you to my review of it, if you hadn't read it previously.

"Quarantine" (2008) movie review!

And there you have it- my Top Five Virus Outbreak Movies... and the worst one.

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