Imagine an invisible enemy that can creep into your body without notice and destroy you from within. A virus is a real-life horror monster that extinguishes everything it touches. With the covid 19 Pandemic at Hand, Virus movies have enjoyed a real renewed popularity among moviegoers.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the top 10 Deadly Virus Movies of all time.
#10. The Crazies (2010)
Remaking George A. Romero film, is never an easy task, so first we have to commend Brett Eisner’s attempt at remaking the 1973 horror classic The Crazies.
When the small Iowa town of Ogden Marsh begins having problems of the violent murderer variety, it’s soon revealed that there’s a military virus that’s turning the townies into crazies.
This movie belongs to the popular genre of not zombies movies where there’s a virus that turns people into mindless killers, but they’re not technically undead yet.
#9. Pontypool (2008)
With most viruses, you need to be in contact with an infected person to catch the disease. But what if the disease has been with you? Ever since you learned your ABCs, that’s the idea behind Pontypool.
A Canadian film based on a novel that taught us that words can indeed kill. Residents of Pontypool, Ontario, are suddenly showing erratic behavior, developing a series of strange speech patterns. In some cases, they even resort to horrendous acts of violence and cannibalism.
A local radio DJ soon discovers that there’s a disease that spreads through the English language and that the only cure might be to forget the meaning of the most mundane of words. In other words, shut up or die.
#8. Outbreak (1995)
When an Ebola-like virus called Motaba escapes from Africa and goes into a small town in the United States, we get a quite realistic look at how a horrifying pandemic begins. The star-studded cast of Outbreak includes Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, and Morgan Freeman.
The movie also became a box office success but garnered some controversy when it was first released as there was a very real Ebola outbreak in Zaia when it debuted.
The film’s introduction also features a spine chilling warning that resonates even now, when we face the adversities of a real-life global pandemic, the single biggest threat to man’s continued dominance on the planet is the virus.
#7. Flu (2013)
This Korean disaster film also goes for the realistic approach and does so by portraying a deadly influenza strain occurring in a heavily populated South Korean district when a sick immigrant escapes from quarantine, the whole district of Bundling is exposed to a lethal virus capable of killing in a mere 36 hours.
The film portrays somewhat realistically what could happen in the event of such an outbreak with the Korean Army and the United States Air Force enacting a curfew on the city to thwart the disease’s expansion.
#6. Contagion (2011)
Contagion escapes the confines of a small town or a city and instead tackles what would happen if a lethal virus took the world by surprise.
The movie portrays not only the struggle of the doctors and scientists trying to find a cure for a seemingly unstoppable pandemic, but also the human side of things. As we see firsthand, the suffering that comes with a virus.
The movie received many commendations for its realistic portrayal of a rapidly spreading disease. Dr. W. Ian Lipkin, professor of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, helped to create the virus scene in the movie and make it as true to life as possible.
The result is a frightening snippet of morbid reality that will capture attention and force you to wash your hands like never before.
#5. Resident Evil (2002)
The Nefarious Umbrella Corporation is well known for developing genetically engineered drugs for medical purposes, with one of them being the T-virus. When a deliberate outbreak of the virus occurs in the hive, a special military unit infiltrates the place and deals with a mutant horrors unleashed by Umbrella.
Based on the iconic video game series made by Capcom, Resident Evil spawned a huge franchise of original story, starring Alice, an original character for the films.
If you’re in the mood for some mindless action and zombie killing, then this movie is the one that you were looking for.
#4. 28 Weeks Later (2007)
Six months after the Rage virus turned England into a war zone, society still struggles to recover from the total collapse and madness left in the wake of the virus.
28 Weeks Later expands on what’s seen in its prequel but focuses more on the action and leaves the human suffering as a side dish for the infected.
Given generally favorable ratings from critics, the movie is well known for its fatalistic plot and its extreme violence, so be prepared to face a gutwrenching experience if you choose to watch this film.
#3. I Am Legend (2007)
Unlike most disaster movies, I am Legend shows us the world after the disaster, dealing with the devastation and loneliness that remains with the last humans left alive.
Will Smith plays Lieutenant Colonel Robert Neville, a lone survivor spending his days in desolated Manhattan, trying to understand the bloodthirsty creatures that now roam the planet.
The movie went through production hell with many actors considered for the role of Neville. Among those who were chosen for the part were Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson, and even Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnold, facing against an army of vampires, would definitely have made for a very different movie.
#2. 28 Days Later… (2002)
The incurable Rage virus is spreading quickly and without mercy, after it was unleashed from a Cambridge University laboratory, said in the UK.
28 Days Later follows a handful of survivors desperate to find sanctuary from the infected. The movie is a prequel to 28 Weeks later and was made on a budget of just $8 million. It is widely considered to be one of the best zombie movies of the past decade.
28 Days Later features many desolate scenes of the London City Center that are normally bustling with traffic. The film crew had to operate in the early morning, closing off different sections for a few minutes at a time to minimize disruption.
#1. 12 Monkeys (1995)
What Creates the Ultimate Deadly Virus movie? A combination of time travel and biological warfare.
12 Monkeys tells the story of a prisoner who is sent back in time to stop a terrorist organization from releasing a deadly virus that has forced humanity to an underground existence. Starring Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, and Madeleine Stowe.
The movie is filled to the brim with all kinds of time-traveling shenanigans, including a nice twist near the end that will give new meaning to everything you see in the film.
The movie was rated an 8 on a scale of ten on the IMDb website and received a meta score of 74 on Metacritic.
This was our top 10 list of the best virus movies ever made. We have picked you the top 10 best Deadly Virus horror movies of all time that you have to watch.
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