Coronavirus Fears Giving You Cabin Fever? Binge These Viral Thrillers

Scientists and health authorities around the world are racing to halt the spread of a deadly virus that emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan. At the risk of sounding frivolous, these current events made be think about the genre of virus movies – and which, in my opinion are the top 5 all-time greats. I’m excluding zombie pictures, otherwise we’d be here til Doomsday… if you will.


So, ready to don your masks?



The Andromeda Strain (1971)

The Andromeda Strain (1971) Trailer


Contagion (2011)

Contagion (2011) Official Exclusive 1080p HD Trailer


Outbreak (1995)

Outbreak (1995) Official Trailer - Dustin Hoffman, Morgan Freeman Sci-Fi Movie


Twelve Monkeys (1995)

12 Monkeys Official Trailer #1 - (1995) HD


The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

The Masque of the Red Death - Vincent Price (1964) - Official Trailer


Any others that come to mind? There’s biblical proportion films like The Seventh Seal of course, along with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Death in Venice, etc. What did I miss?


Arnell Esq

Arnell Esq

Broadcast consultant - former Director/Creator of ITV3, ITV4 in the UK, producer/writer (most recently Bob Fosse for Sky Arts in May 2019), commentator/rent-a-gob for trades, broadsheets and magazines. Also occasional lecturer (University of Westminster, London). Content provider. Accept no substitute (terms & conditions apply) 'Nullum bonum amico, nullum peius hostes'