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In a Pandemic? Your Social Distancing Watch Guide.

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COVID-19 has caused schools, sporting events, concerts, conferences and more to suspend.  If you are in lockdown at home because of the coronavirus, what better way to entertain yourself than watching movies and TV shows or playing video games about pandemics.  Here is your guide to spending your weekend on the couch and maintaining “social distancing.” Be safe friends and follow the CDC guides

 

Must-See Pandemic Movies

Contagion (2011)

“Contagion” follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself.

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Rent on Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

Outbreak (1995)

Catch the fever of “one of the great scare stories of our time” (Roger Ebert) as Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo and Morgan Freeman race to save life on earth when an unstoppable killer virus hits our shores.

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Stream on Netflix

 

 

 

 

 

12 Monkeys (1995)

Traveling back in time isn’t simple, as James Cole (Bruce Willis) learns the hard way. Imprisoned in the 2030s, James is recruited for a mission that will send him back to the 1990s. Once there, he’s supposed to gather information about a nascent plague that’s about to exterminate the vast majority of the world’s population.

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Rent on Google Play

 

 

 

World War Z (2013)

Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is called upon to help stop the chaotic pandemic that has gripped populations around the world. Lane fights to keep his family safe, while searching for an answer to the outbreak before it destroys all of civilization.

 

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Rent on iTunes

 

 

 

The Omega Man (1971)

Biological war has decimated life on Earth. Los Angeles is a windswept ghost town where Robert Neville tools his convertible through sunlit streets foraging for supplies. And makes damn sure he gets undercover before sundown, when other “inhabitants” emerge.

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Rent on Amazon

 

 

 

 

The Andromeda Strain (1971)

After an errant satellite crashes to earth near a remote New Mexico village, the recovery team discovers that almost everyone in town are victims of a horrible death caused by an unknown biological agent, with the mysterious exception of an infant and an old homeless man. The survivors are brought to a state-of-the-art laboratory descending five stories beneath the ground where a group of puzzled scientists race against time to determine the nature of the deadly microbe before it wrecks worldwide havoc.

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Rent on Google Play

 

 

 

Children of Men (2006)

No children. No future. No hope. In the year 2027, eighteen years since the last baby was born, disillusioned Theo becomes an unlikely champion of the human race when he is asked by his former lover to escort a young pregnant woman out of the country as quickly as possible. In a race against time, Theo will risk everything to deliver the miracle the whole world has been waiting for.

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Rent on iTunes

 

 

 

 

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

Will Rodman (James Franco), a scientist in San Francisco, is experimenting with a drug that he hopes will cure his father’s (John Lithgow) Alzheimer’s disease. After his work is deemed a failure, Will becomes the guardian of Caesar, an infant chimp who was exposed in-utero to Will’s drug. Caesar displays unusual intelligence, and Will decides to continue his experiments secretly. But as Caesar’s intellect and abilities grow, he comes to represent a threat to man’s dominion over Earth.

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Stream on HBOGo  

 

 

 

 

The Seventh Seal (1957)

Returning exhausted from the Crusades to find medieval Sweden gripped by the Plague, a knight (Max von Sydow) suddenly comes face-to-face with the hooded figure of Death, and challenges him to a game of chess. As the fateful game progresses, and the knight and his squire encounter a gallery of outcasts from a society in despair, Bergman mounts a profound inquiry into the nature of faith and the torment of mortality.

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Rent on Amazon

 

 

 

 

28 Days Later (2002)

Jim, a bicycle courier who has been involved in a traffic accident, awakens from a coma to an empty infirmary room and, after investigating further, finds the whole hospital deserted and the streets of London void of life. After being attacked by a group of crazed, bloodthirsty zombies, he is rescued by Selena and Mark; two survivors who explain that the country, and perhaps the globe, has been ravaged by a powerful virus which locks its victims into a permanent state of murderous rage and has transformed the world around them into a seemingly desolate wasteland.

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Stream on Hulu

 

 

Honorable Mentions: Carriers (2009), Cargo (2103), Flu (2013), Patient Zero (2018), Safe (1995), Panic in the Streets (1950)

 

TV Shows that Will Terrify Germaphobes

The Walking Dead (2010 – Present) 

A horror drama following the survivors of an apocalyptic holocaust who are searching for a safe haven while being tracked and menaced by zombies.

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Stream on Netflix

 

 

 

 

The Last Ship (2014 – 2018) 

Their mission is simple: Find a cure. Stop the virus. Save the world. When a global pandemic wipes out eighty percent of the planet’s population, the crew of a lone naval destroyer must find a way to pull humanity from the brink of extinction. Executive Producer Michael Bay presents The Last Ship.

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Stream on Hulu

 

 

 

Jeremiah (2002 – 2003) 

Jeremiah is one of the many young survivors of the “Big Death” that claimed the lives of every adult in the world 15 years ago. Now forging his way through a bleak wilderness fraught with danger and conspiracy, Jeremiah and his most trusted friend, Kurdy , are plunged into thrilling adventures that test every facet of their humanity…and ultimately the fate of the human race itself!

Steam on Amazon Prime

 

 

 

Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak (2020) 

In this docuseries, meet the heroes on the front lines of the battle against influenza and learn about their efforts to stop the next global outbreak.

 

Stream on Netflix

 

 

 

 

The Strain (2014 -2017) 

The story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.

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Stream on Hulu

 

 

Honorable Mentions: 12 Monkeys (2015-2018), The Stand (1994), Fear the Walking Dead (2015 – Present)

 

Extreme Survival in a Pandemic Video Games

A Plague Tale: Innocence (2018)

“It is a fantasized version of history, akin to a tale. A tale about the Plague, filled with historical facts and anecdotes engraved in an environment we tried to make as realistic as possible.”  BRICE DAVIN, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

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World War Z (2018)

World War Z is a heart-pounding four-player cooperative third-person shooter featuring massive swarms of zombies that recklessly rush their living prey.

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Resident Evil 2 (2019)

Resident Evil 2 is back and better than ever. Horror, tension, characters, narrative and more. The survival horror masterpiece that captivated the world
returns reimagined in January 2019.

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Hope you enjoy your ‘remote working’ (see TV binging) and do not let these titles freak you out too much!

 

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