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Top 10 Apocalypse Films During Self-Isolation!

Updated: Feb 23, 2021

Since we're in isolation and probably on the verge of about murder the people we are stuck with at home. Lets share 10 Apocalyptic films worth watching, that may possibly increase the number of WhatsApp Coronavirus conspiracy theory messages after you finish watching them!

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

(Left to Right) Lucy Davis, Kate Ashfield, Dylan Moran, Simon Pegg, Penelope Wilton and Nick Frost

British Horror Comedy starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, dubbed by fans as part of the "cornetto trilogy". This film gives us a low budget but ridiulously hilarious zombie film centred around Shaun (Simon Pegg), an electronic salesman who struggles to balance his life between work, duties to his girlfreind Liz (Kate Ashfield), mediating between with house mate Pete (Peter Seraphinowicz) fighting with Shaun's slacker/drug dealer best friend Ed (Nick Frost) and of course buying flowers for Mum (Penelope Wilton) whilst tolerating his overbearing stepdad Phil (Bill Nigh).

I think the Zombies just make life more fun at this point.

Contagion (2011)

(Left to Right) Laurence Fishburne, Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow

An American thriller film that with an ensemble cast. Inspired by real life events of disease such as 2002-2004 SARS outbreak, 2009 Flu pandemic and the Nipah Virus. The film begins with a mother returning from Hong Kong on a business trip and passes on a deadly virus in which her husband returns to find her dead along with his stepson. The events spiral out of control as the World Health Organisation and the world government scramble to create a vaccine whilst providing examples of Crowd Psychology and Collective Behaviour which leads to Mass Hysteria and loss of Social Order. Starring Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwynthen Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Byran Cranston, Jennifer Ehle and more.

I am Legend (2007)

Will Smith

An American post apocalyptic film based off the 1954 book of the same name by author Richard Matheson. Will Smith stars as Lt. Col Robert Neville a lone Military Virologist in an empty desolated New York City trying to survive whilst synthesising a vaccine from his own blood that is immune to the effects of a virus that turns humans and dogs into canabalistic Photophobic/Sensitive Nocturnal Mutants dubbed the Darkseekers. Through out the film Neville struggles with feeling isolated in the empty city and struggles to hold it together with a beautiful performance from Smith.

Inferno (2016)

Felicity Jones and Tom Hanks

Meaning "Hell" in Latin. The American mystery action thriller film based on the Dan Brown novel of the same name. Part of the "Robert Langdon" Series. This film stars Tom Hanks returning as Robert Langdon after he is drawn into a race against time to prevent a billionaire geneticist's plot of population control by unleashing a virus to kill off half the world's current population. Unfortunately Langdon is suffering amnesia and is being pursiuted by a mysterious organisation and the World Health Organisation appears to have a mole leaving Langdon unable to know who to trust. The film stars an international ensemble cast with American Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon, British actress Felicity Jones, French Senegalese/Mauritanian Omar Sy, American Ben Foster, Danish Sidse Babett Knudsen, Indian Irrfan Khan, British actor Paul Ritter and Romanian Ana Ularu.

World War Z (2013)

Brad Pitt in WWZ

The American Apocalyptic Action Horror also another film based off a novel. In this case its based on the 2006 novel of the same name by author Max Brooks. The film centres on a former UN investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is caught up in a zombie apocalypse with his wife Karin Lane (Mireille Enos) and two daughters Rachel (Abigail Hargrove) and Connie (Sterling Jerins). The Lane family travel the world to find a way to combat the zombie pandemic. The film features an international ensemble cast including Americans James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox, David Andrews, David Morse, Eric Michels, Israeli actress Daniella Kertesz, Dutch Ludi Boeken, Michiel Huisman, South African Fana Mokoena, British Elyes Gabel, Peter Capaldi, Italian Pierfrancesco Pavino, Ethiopian-Irish Ruth Negga, German Mortiz Bleibtreu.

Train to Busan (2016)

(Left to Right) Sohee (bottom left), Choi Woo Shik (Top Left), Kim Su-An, Seok-Woo carrying Su-An and Ma Dong-Seok (Right)

Taking a break from the US. Lets head to the Far East of Asia. Surely the Oriental nations are safe from the viral apocalypse. Well Unfortunately Train to Busan proves just how bad the epidemic can be. Lets hope you don't have to suffer this in London Undergroud coz that'll be a real nightmare. Get ready to speed read if you're not fluent in Korean films. The film features a few people ordinary people like Seok-Woo (Gong Yoo) and his daughter Su-An (Kim Su-An), a Pregnant Seong Kyeong (Jung Yu-MI) and her husband Sang-Hwa (Ma Dong-Seok), Young Baseballer Yong-Guk (Choi Woo Shik) and his close cheerleader friend Jin-Heen (Sohee), among others. When a passengers changes into a zombie on the train and infects mutiple passengers. Leaving the rest of the survivors trap in a single train cart as the train heads for Busan. Anyone looking forward to Marvel Eternals may recognise Ma Dong-Seok aka Don Lee as Gilgamesh in this film as Sang-Hwa.

Zombie Land (2009)

Lets return to America for a more light hearted comedic Zombie film. ZombieLand is what has become of American after madcow disease mutates to infect humans into cannabalistic monsters. Due to the declining numbers of survivors, it becomes a norm for the survivors to refer to themselves by their state/city or area of origin. Joining us is Jesse Eisenberg as nerdy timid Colombus who hitchhikes a ride with a borderline crazy cowboy-esque Woody Harrelson as Tallahasee and teams up with sisters Emma Stone as Witchita and Abigail Breslin as Little Rock. The group learn to survive together and open up to eachother to develop a form of trust. The film features some hilarious moments especially from Woody Harrelson's performance as well as the numerous rules and narration from Jesse's Colombus. The film also gets a worth while sequel Zombie Land 2 double tap with the original four actor being joined with Rosario Dawson, Avan Jogia and Zoey Deutch

The Mist (2007)

Based on the novel The Mist by none other than Steven King. This film is a monster movie in which a large fog or mist engulfs an entire town leaving a large group of people trapped in the store surrounded by "lovecraftian" kinds of monsters resembling Wasps, Mantises, Spiders, Pteradactlys, among other unseen horrors hiding in the Mist. The film boasts a large cast of actors all ranging from Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher, Tobie Jones, William Sadler, Jeffrey DeMunn, Francis Sternhagen, Alexa Davalos, Nathan Gamble and Chris Owen. As with any of Steven King's stories the film is very unlikely to have an ideal ending.

Resident Evil (2002)

Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez as Alice and Rain Ocampo (these characters do not exist in the games)

Many Video game fans will be a huge fan of Capcom's Resident Evil franchise. One of the longest lasting zombie franchises in gaming. Its no surprise that it lead to getting a film series. The Resident Evil films unlike the main games centres on original character Alice. A Amnesiac super soldier that fights the zombies whilst occassionally teaming up with some firmiliar faces from the games along the way. This film has its good and bad. The Good is how well it brings the horror survival aspect of the series and tries its best for fan service to the fans. Unfortunately due to its over saturation of Milla Jovovich's Alice many true RE fans dislike that the series insults many of the games original characters in favour of making Alice (an original character) the only competant survivor at the expense of the fan favourites like Jill, Chris, Leon, etc. However the series is worth the watch if you care only for a female action lead and do not care about the games at all. From the original, followed by its sequels Apocalypse, Extinction, Afterlife, Retribution and Final Chapter. For the more traditional and real fans of Resident Evil we recommend the CG Animated films of Resident Evil. The three CG films are Degeneration, Damnation and Vendetta. These three films are actually canon to the main games storyline and there no sign of Milla Jovovich's Alice. Plenty of fan favourites appear notably Leon, Claire and Ada. So if you want to see the game characters in a movie check for th CG Resident Evil films. In fact we'll drop the trailer for the CG film Resident Evil: Degeneration for us real fans to give you taste of Leon Scott Kennedy and Claire Redfield in action.

Cornershop Show Zombies on the High Street (2018)

Finally time to take you back to London. With the Corner Shop Shows very own movie, Corner shop: Zombies on the High Street. Islah Abdur-Rahman and Michael Truong play their usual Malik Begum and Tony Chang as they try to survive a sudden zombie apocalypse alongside their employee Mehmet (Can Kabadayi) and join forces reluctantly with Tony's arch enemy brother Kenny (Robert Hoang). The four of them team up in a hilarious attempt to survive and find the source of the progenitor to the whole outbreak. We also get screen time for the likes of Malik's sister Maleeka (Karishma Bhandari), Shayma (Mariah Idrissi), Tony's potential love interest Goldi (Malikah St John), Loco Latinas Claudia (Andrea Martinez) and her sister Maria (Laura Nicole) and a funny cameo from Hollywood star & impressionist Jay Pharoah apparently dealing with the whole situation like it ain't happening or just oblivious to it all!

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