Just like sci-fi, horror & thriller genres have been hard at work at predicting the fate of the human race albeit with a grim twist. And ever since the world has been grasped by the outbreak, many are left comparing this situation with that of what they have encountered in many end-of-the-world movies. So, let’s take a look at some of the best outbreak movies to kill some time during this lockdown.
1. Contagion (2011)
The movie with the closest resemblance to the current outbreak, Contagion, came eerily close to predicting the outbreak almost 10 years ago. However, the virus depicted in the movie is far deadlier and doesn’t leave its hosts with much time to combat it.
2. I Am Legend (2007)
Based on the novel of the same name, I Am Legend is the story of a man, who could be the last survivor of a deadly outbreak that has turned everyone into mindless zompires (zombie-vampire hybrids). This is the story of his survival and redemption.
3. Outbreak (1995)
A virus, an infected monkey, US Army, CDC, and ex-spouses; a perfect recipe for disaster, or in this case, an outbreak! When you reshuffle some of these elements, you get the cure for the said outbreak. Leave it to Hollywood to handle a disaster!
4. Cabin Fever (2002)
One of the flag bearers of the ‘Cabin Fever’ genre, this movie is one of the best depictions of fear and isolation. It follows a group of friends that contract a deadly flesh-eating virus while staying at a lake-side cabin in the woods. What follows is pure horror.
5. 93 Days (2016)
93 Days tells the story of one of the deadliest outbreaks in human history; Ebola, which killed 21 million people. The film follows the efforts of a hospital in Lagos to contain the outbreak and cure the infected ones while risking their own lives.
6. Virus (2019)
Virus is the fictional documentation of the Nipah virus outbreak that clutched the Indian state of Kerala in 2018. It depicts the efforts of various individuals in a medical college that put their lives on the line to contain the outbreak.
7. Carriers (2009)
This post-apocalyptic thriller stars four friends who are trying to escape a pandemic. Things go downhill when one of them gets infected and the rest of them are forced to make tough choices.
8. World War Z (2013)
World War Z is the story of a UN employee who is tasked with finding the patient zero and hopefully the cure to a deadly pandemic that is turning people into mindless zombies. The film takes our character to tour around the world in hopes of finding a cure.
9. Children Of Men (2006)
The year is 2027, all hopes for the future of the human race have died due to the entire human populace becoming infertile. Suddenly, all hopes are resting on one girl who has, miraculously, become pregnant. It is one of the best pandemic movies
10. Zombieland (2009)
Finally, a post-apocalyptic zombie movie that has all the makings of a end-of-the-world comedy movie. Zombieland follows a group of 4 strangers as they travel to find safe haven amidst a zombie outbreak.