10 Infection Horror Films to Lean On In These Trying Times

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I love horror. It’s fun, it’s gory, but most importantly it helps audiences unpack their fears and frustrations. For some reason, when I’m home alone, I enjoy watching home invasion horror. Do they scare me more because I’m alone? Yes, but they also help me map my fears onto a story that doesn’t impact me. It’s because of this that many like me have been leaning on infection horror amid the COVD-19 pandemic. With more people going into quarantine, highly questionable leadership, and panic buying that has put a strain on our resources, the world is scary. But, mapping the very real fears we have about our current world onto infection horror has become a coping mechanism for many genre fans.

Now, while zombie horror is infection horror, not every film under the infection horror genre falls into the former. This quick list of 10 infection horror films contains films that I’ve watched and plan to watch to help deal with my fears. All of these films deal with spread, containment, and more largely how humans deal with social relationships when contamination is involved. Some are bleak and others have a message of community.

Flu

10 Infection Horror Films

Director: Sung-su Kim
Writers: Young-jong Lee (screenplay), Sung-soo Kim (screenplay)
Stars: Hyuk Jang, Soo Ae, Roxanne Aparicio

Chaos ensues when a lethal, airborne virus infects the population of a South Korean city less than 20 kilometers from Seoul.

Currently Available on Amazon Prime

Contagion

10 Infection Horror Films

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Scott Z. Burns
Stars: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law

Healthcare professionals, government officials, and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure.

Currently available on Cinemax

[REC]

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Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza
Writers: Jaume Balagueró (screenplay), Luiso Berdejo (screenplay)
Stars: Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano

A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.

Currently available on VoD

World War Z

Director: Marc Forster
Writers: Matthew Michael Carnahan (screenplay), Drew Goddard (screenplay)
Stars: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz

Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop a zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatens to destroy humanity itself.

Currently available on VoD

Pontypool

Director: Bruce McDonald
Writers: Tony Burgess, Tony Burgess (novel)
Stars: Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly

A radio host interprets the possible outbreak of a deadly virus which infects the small Ontario town he is stationed in.

Currently available on VoD via iTunes

It Comes at Night

Director: Trey Edward Shults
Writer: Trey Edward Shults
Stars: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo

Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son. Then a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.

Currently available on VoD

Cabin Fever

10 Infection Horror Films

Director: Eli Roth
Writers: Eli Roth, Randy Pearlstein
Stars: Jordan Ladd, Rider Strong, James DeBello

Five college graduates rent a cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals.

Currently available on VoD

Containment (2015)

Director: Neil Mcenery-West
Writers: David Lemon (screenplay), David Lemon
Stars: Louise Brealey, Billy Postlethwaite, Sheila Reid

What happens when an epidemic breaks out, but you’re kept in the dark? Anything can happen. Slowly the residents realize that they will all die unless they come together.

Currently Available on Amazon Prime

The Bar

10 Infection Horror Films

Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Writers: Jorge Guerricaechevarría, Álex de la Iglesia
Stars: Blanca Suárez, Mario Casas, Carmen Machi

In bustling downtown Madrid, a loud gunshot and two mysterious deaths trap a motley assortment of common urbanites in a decrepit central bar while paranoia and suspicion force the terrified regulars to turn on each other.

Currently available on Netflix

Mayhem

Director: Joe Lynch
Writer: Matias Caruso
Stars: Steven Yeun, Samara Weaving, Steven Brand

A virus spreads through an office complex causing white-collar workers to act out their worst impulses.

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When it comes to horror, we can use it to help get through the dark times. While it may seem like the opposite of what we should be watching when we’re already scared, films like these can be an escape from what you’re worried about in the world by letting us watch others struggle, some overcome, and all of them not be you.

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