r Wicked Things Horror Blog: Horror Films About Epidemic Diseases

Monday, February 24, 2014

Horror Films About Epidemic Diseases

The Happening (2008) - This flick is another of M. Night Shamalayan's weird creations.  He always creates something disturbing, whether I like the film or not, I have to hand it to the guy.  I didn't love it, but it was ok.   Marky Mark portrays a science teacher, Elliot Moore, who tries to outrun an assumed plant-borne disease that's sweeping the East Coast of the United States with a few pals.  Its sort of like they are running from zombies, but its more that they are running from the afflicted and their behavior, weird.

The Masque of Red Death (1964) - Obviously, this is adapted from Edgar Allen Poe's famous work, the short story of the same title.  A mysterious illness plagues Prince Prospero's Kingdom.  He decides to throw a party in the safety of his home, where nobody is afflicted, but forgets that he invites guest who come from outside, duh!  They have a little masquerade party, all the rich nobility in the kingdom.  There are seven rooms in the abbey, where they are partying, all themed in a different color.  Some a-hole impedes the party and is dressed in red and symbolizes the red death and all that crap.  We all know what happens, blah blah.  Its just fun to see it in a film adaptation.  Death is inevitable b*tches and hoes!  You can watch the 1964 version on Veoh for free here, but I think there is a newer version as well.


Black Death - Obviously this film is about The Bubonic Plague in Europe.  Its set during the first outbreak in England.  It stars Sean Bean.  A young monk is charged with getting intel about reports of people being brought back to life in a small village after dying of the affliction.

Masters of Horror - The Screwfly Solution - This short story was adapted into a one hour feature film on the series Masters of Horror.  The film features a scientist who must leave his family to find the cure for a virus that plagues the entire human male population, turning them into murderous psychos, who try to kill all the females in the world.  The scientist has to leave his wife and daughter while he tries to solve this issue.  You can watch this one on Hulu for free here.

Season of the Witch -  Similar in theme and the time period of Black Death, this film occurs during Europe's Black Plague Era, but other than the this film is completely different than Black Death as the theme centers around an accused witch.  These 14th-century knights are charged with the transportation of a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague.

The Plague (2006) - Clive Barker's The Plague stars Dawson, I mean, James Van Der Beek, but seriously, its not a bad flick.  Ten years have passed since the world's children have all fallen into random comas.  One night just as they lapsed into these said comas, they all wake up and havoc ensues, kids against adults!  You can watch this one for free on Crackle here

I thought you guys might be interested in Typhoid Mary, because this chick caused a huge Typhoid outbreak in New York at the turn of the century.  How much does she suck?  Anyway, you can check out this subject on Dark Matters here.  Yup, you can watch it for free on YouTube.

I am pissed that I can't find anywhere to stream this or watch it online for free, but f*ck, do I want to watch The History Channel's Scourge of the Black Death so if any of you guys know where I can find it, feel free to comment or write me on Facebook, please for the love of all that is good and holy!!!!   I know where to buy the DVD new and used, but yeah, I wanna watch it now, really!?  I'll list it below in case anyone cares.

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