Dark and difficult times lie ahead!

This is not only a quote from the Harry Potter movies but is also true to the times we are living in. So far in 2020, we have witnessed the beginning of World War III, attacks on minorities in the nation’s capital, and one of the biggest outbreaks of recent times – the COVID-19. This pandemic has disrupted life across the world, as businesses have shut down and people have begun quarantining themselves at home. Meanwhile, the urban populace has turned its attention to the one thing that has always made us forget about the dreadful world outside – Netflix! As you spend many days inside the comfort of your homes, you can now finally get to that watchlist that has been at the back of your mind for a long time. Television is the best solace during this pandemic but beware! Some movies out there will not help in alleviating your coronavirus fears. Here are the movies you need to steer clear of during this pandemic.

Contagion

This 2011 action thriller by Steven Soderbergh explores the spread of a virus transmitted by fomites. Amidst the attempts by healthcare professionals, government officials, and everyday people to identify and contain the disease, there is a total loss of order in society.

Streaming on: Amazon Prime, YouTube

28 Days Later

This 2002 post-apocalyptic horror film by Danny Boyle depicts the complete breakdown of society after the accidental release of a highly contagious virus. While it focusses on four survivors fleeing the pandemic, they come across various infected people on their journey.

Streaming on: YouTube

Cargo

This 2017 sci-fi horror drama explores an epidemic that has spread all over Australia, turning people into zombies within 48 hours of infection. In the midst of all the chaos, a father (played by Martin Freeman) tries to find help for his daughter.

Streaming on: Netflix

12 Monkeys

This 1995 sci-fi mystery thriller is based in a future world devastated by disease. To find a cure, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.

Streaming on: Netflix

Train to Busan

One of the most terrifying zombie movies yet, this 2016 action-horror explores a zombie plague in South Korea. A man is traveling with his daughter when an infected person causes a massive outbreak within the train.

Streaming on: Netflix

Outbreak

This 1995 action-thriller starring Dustin Hoffman explores a deadly virus spread by a monkey. Army doctors in a Californian town struggle to find a cure for the disease that is killing people rapidly.

Streaming on: YouTube

93 Days

This 2016 Nigerian thriller drama tells the story of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in the country and the men and women who risked their lives to make sure it was contained. This movie gives hope during a pandemic with its depiction of the successful containment by the health workers of a hospital from Lagos.

Streaming on: Netflix

Some non-English recommendations:

REC

This 2007 Spanish found-footage horror film was the inspiration behind the 2008 American film Quarantine. It centers on a reporter and her cameraman covering a firefighter intervention in an apartment building when its residents begin to depict animalistic and violent behaviors. The duo is confined to the building and must find a way out before they are infected too.

Flu

This 2013 Korean action drama, originally titled Gamgi, deals with a deadly airborne virus that infects the population of a South Korean city less than 20 kilometers from the capital of Seoul. Naturally, chaos ensues and the citizens must do what it takes to flee the epidemic.

Virus

This 2019 Malayalam film could be the best – or the worst – movie to watch during an outbreak. While it details the spread of the Nipah virus in Kerala, the movie also explores how the authorities were prompt to put an end to the epidemic. With a brilliant star cast, this movie is a must-watch.

Streaming on: Amazon Prime

There are many other movies on the pandemic that you must avoid if you’re already panicking. But remember, staying at home and watching these movies is better than going out there. Stay safe and keep bingeing!