We’re all doomed! At least that’s what the news outlets want us to believe. If you’ve managed to avoid going online over the last week or so, you might not realise that the world is being turned upside down by a nasty little bugger known only as the Coronavirus, and there simply isn’t enough hand sanitiser left to save us.
So why not rush out to your local supermarket, panic buy some toilet roll and baby wipes, and lock yourselves away in front of your television set and enjoy some killer virus outbreak movies, just while all of this blows over?.
Here’s our rundown of the 5 best virus outbreak movies to get you in the mood for the end of the world.
5. OUTBREAK (1995)
Ever wonder what Marcel the Monkey moved onto after his stint as a cast member on Friends? Well, apparently living with sociopath Ross “I can marry anyone I want but Rachel can’t have anyone” Gellar was enough to convince the hairy little bastard to bring down humanity by spreading an unstoppable virus. Thank God for Dustin Hoffman, that’s all we can say. It’s been a few years but from what we can remember he actually manages to dropkick the monkey right into the sun, causing the plague to bugger off back into hiding forever. It’s just a shame Hoffman is a fictional character, and can’t help us in our time of need.
4. RESIDENT EVIL (2002)
The Umbrella Corporation gets a bad rap. Even today, in 2020, they are finding themselves getting the blame for Coronavirus. You know what we’re talking about – the popular meme in which some biotech lab in China shares a logo with the nefarious bastards behind the T-Virus which brought the planet to its knees in a wave of flesh-hungry zombies.
3. THE OMEGA MAN (1971)
Charlton Heston stars as Col. Robert Neville M.D., the only human unaffected by a plague brought about by chemical warfare, in which the victims appear to have fallen asleep face first in a bowl of porridge and left it to dry. All of this after having to live on a planet occupied with poo-slinging, damn dirty apes, too. Talk about out of the frying pan and into the fire.
2. 28 DAYS LATER (2002)
You’re probably balls deep in conspiracy theories about the latest global pandemic, and no doubt one of those ‘theories’ involves COVID-19 being a man-made pathogen that’s been released – accidentally or otherwise – from a top-secret lab. That is, of course, absolute bollocks, but imagine if it wasn’t. Imagine if it was like the virus released on an unsuspecting world in 28 Days Later. No coughs, No sneezes. Just absolute, everlasting rage. Imagine the fisticuffs over bog roll in your local Poundstretcher! Oh wait …
1. 12 MONKEYS (1995)
Back in the mid-1990s, Hollywood was determined to give every fruit loop walking the earth blueprints on how to bring down humanity. Never was this more apparent than with 12 Monkeys, a film by former Monty Python wally Terry Gilliam, in which a fanatical group of activists known as the Army of the Twelve Monkeys decimates the populace of earth by releasing a man-made virus. If memory serves, no actual monkeys appear in the film, and certainly not 12 of them. Bruce Willis did appear though as a time-travelling version of Ellen Ripley from Alien 3.
And there you have it our pick of five movies to keep you entertained while on lockdown.