With millions upon millions sheltering in place at home around the globe, Netflix, Amazon Prime Movies, Disney+, Apple TV+, and other streaming services are delivering countless terabytes of data to binge-thirsty households at an unprecedented rate.
Seeking to escape the ubiquitous 24/7 news feed of The Coronavirus apocalypse, many viewers are searching for the perfect distraction on their TV, laptop, or mobile phone.
Of course, while many are watching non-virus classics like Planes Trains & Automobiles, Outlander, Breaking Bad (our favorite), and even Mrs. Doubtfire, contagious zombie apocalyptic suspense thrillers are the choice of many who want to better understand what’s going on now in this Coronavirus World, and what life after Coronavirus might look like.
Any serious virus apocalypse movie playlist would not be complete without these awesome Coronavirus Movies:
What happens when the S.S. Arcturus, a cruise ship bound for San Francisco, unknowingly transports a cholera-infected stowaway? One word: CHAOS.
Picture the workers in the boiler room downstairs trying to keep the passengers upstairs from learning about the dangerous infectious situation, and you have the perfect mix of suspense and misinformation.
Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, and Jude Law swim in a contagious sea of healthcare workers, government officials, and everyday people as the CDC races to find a cure for a crazy pandemic. The movie’s tagline is, “Nothing spreads like fear.” Sound familiar?
While most people understand the current Coronavirus crisis likely started in Wuhan, China, what would they think if the threat came from outer space instead of Earth? Michael Crichton’s techno-thriller came to the big screen in 1971, mixing small town Arizona folk, paranoia, and a microscopic threat into a pre-Coronavirus classic.
Monkeys + Zaire + Government Researchers = Suspenseful Virus Drama
While it got mixed reviews, the star-studded cast including Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman, Donald Sutherland, and Rene Russo helped Outbreak rake in the cash at the box office. Outbreak has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts recently amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
The race to find a cure to save California (and possibly the USA and the planet) has more twists and turns than an alpine highway in Outbreak.
Will Smith plays the role of a brilliant scientist wandering alone through the streets of New York City, searching for survivors and signs of “normal” human life. If you enjoy special effects and dramatic tales of survival, you’ll enjoy this contagious classic.
How do you help rebuild society during and after a nasty viral epidemic? And why do these movies always include primates? London is deserted and filled with Zombies. Survivors attempt to get out of town, thinking the worst is behind them. Spoiler alert: The threat is ongoing and NOWHERE near being put to rest.
Just when you thought it was safe to get back to life as you used to know it, the crazy virus comes back to life. With a vengeance! The Zombies are here to tell you that the world prematurely declared victory on the invisible threat. Is this what we have to look forward to here as the Coronavirus crisis unfolds? Only time will tell.