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10 must-watch virus outbreak films during quarantine

Check out this list of 10 viral outbreak movies which you can binge-watch while staying at home during quarantine:

Check out this list of 10 viral outbreak movies which you can binge-watch while staying at home during quarantine:

1. Contagion

Contagion is a 2011 American thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh.The story concerns the spread of a virus transmitted by fomites, challenges faced by medical workers to contain the virus, the loss of social order and the introduction of vaccines. The film became popular via word of mouth as many have noticed the similarity of the film’s story with the events in real life with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). “Soderbergh presents collective patterns of behavior during the epidemic, which lead to social discord.”

2.  Outbreak

Outbreak is a 1995 film helmed by Wolfgang Petersen which tackles about a deadly virus, carried by a monkey host from the African rain forest which starts infecting the entire population and forces a handful of scientists to find a cure. A real-life outbreak of the Ebola virus was occurring in Zaire when the film was released on March 10, 1995.

3. 93 Days

93 days is a 2016 Nigerian drama-thriller film directed and co-produced by Steve Gukas. It tells the true-to-life story of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Nigeria and its successful containment by heroic health workers of a Lagos hospital.

4. Virus

Virus is a 2019 Indian Malayalam-language film, directed and co-produced by Aashiq Abu. The film was a real-life account of the deadly Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala, and the courageous fight put on by several individuals which helped to contain the epidemic in 2018.

5. Flu

Flu is a 2013 South Korean drama-sci-fi film written and directed by Kim Sung-su. It’s about an airborne virus that infects the population of a South Korean city less than 20 kilometres from Seoul. The novel disease was seen similar to the strain of avian influenza AH5N1 virus that kills its victims within 36 hours.

6. Panic in the Streets

Panic in the Streets is a noir/thriller from 1950 directed by Elia Kazan. It mainly features the story of a doctor and a policeman in New Orleans who only have 48 hours to locate a killer infected with pneumonic plague.

7. It Comes at Night

It Comes at Night is a 2017 horror-mystery film written and directed by Trey Edward Shults. The film centers on the story of two families who are forced to share a home in an uneasy alliance after a mysterious apocalypse leaves the world with only a few survivors.

8. Carriers

Carriers is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic/horror film written and directed by Alex and David Pastor. It features the challenges faced by four survivors of a viral pandemic attempting to avoid the looming threat of becoming infected. The present invention measures used in the film were deemed similar to practices used in the fight against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

9. Blindness

Blindness is a 2008 film directed by Fernando Meirelles and adapted from the 1995 novel written by Portuguese author Jose Saramago.

The story centers on a family seeking safety after getting affected by an epidemic known as the ‘white sickness’ that blinds everyone.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that this movie “considers the human capacity for prejudice, indifference, selfishness, and an easy resort to aggression and violence.”

10. Containment

Containment is a 2015 film written by Davide Lemon and directed by Neil Mcenery-West. Set in the 1970s in the United Kingdom, the film tells the struggles of residents in a town who were sealed in apartments with no electricity, no water, and no communications with the outside world.


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