9 Movies You May Not Want to Watch While You Are Under Quarantine


©2020 Kari Carlisle

The CDC says it is inevitable. Coronavirus, or COVID-19, will get a lot worse before it gets better. The world has become so connected, the virus will become widespread and unavoidable. An infected person can remain symptom-free for potentially a week or more, leaving little viruses all over stores, offices, restaurants, schools… well, everywhere.

Okay, so if this is true, you could find yourself quarantined soon (self-imposed or government-mandated, depending on where you are). Whether you dread the thought or are thinking, vacation!, I hope you have given some thought to preparing for such a circumstance. Do you have a few weeks’ worth of food and meds for your family and pets? Can you work and conduct personal business online? And don’t be thinking you’ll have anything delivered. That delivery person could be delivering something you don’t want.

Beyond the basic necessities, several weeks under quarantine has the potential to become a little mind-numbing. Do you have plenty of things for all of you to stay busy and fit? Plenty of your choice of entertainment (TV, movies, games), exercise equipment, crafts supplies, etc. will keep you all physically and mentally fit.

If you have a strong stomach and a sick sense of humor, I recommend watching these 9 movies while you fritter away the time in isolation. In fact, I’m a little disturbed that I have seen every one of these myself (some multiple times)!

Outbreak (1995). Town goes into lockdown after being exposed to a virus from a monkey. How quaint compared to COVID-19, eh?

The Stand (1994). Okay, mini-series, not a movie, per se, so you can kill more time! Good battles evil after a super-flu wipes out 99.9% of humans and animals. Great cast and soundtrack.

The Stand. Image courtesy of imdb.com.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). Although not the main plot, bubonic plague serves as a backdrop for this comedic search for the Holy Grail and delivers one of the movie’s most famous lines, “Bring out your dead!”

The Masque of the Red Death (1964). Master of horror, Vincent Price, is magnificently decadent as a prince playing host to a party as the plague ravages the townspeople outside. But did their self-imposed quarantine work?

The Masque of the Red Death. Image courtesy of imdb.com.

Flesh+Blood (1985). Equals bizarre in this interesting, in a “I can’t look away” sort of way, tale of medieval conflict in which disease-riddled flesh is tossed into a well inside a castle under siege. Eew.

Interview with the Vampire (1994). Sexy vampires get away with murder by sucking blood under cover of an outbreak. But they do a pretty crappy job of it when guilt and jealousy get in the way.

12 Monkeys (1995). They can send people back in time to get intel on a man-made virus, but they can’t figure out the virus? Hmm. Good movie, though.

The Ten Commandments (1956). A not-exactly-accurate depiction of the life of Moses from the Bible (I’m always rooting for the Egyptians for some reason). The plagues in this one are supernatural and culminate in the taking of the firstborn of every house not protected by the blood of a lamb. Though meant as a foreshadow of the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ for salvation, the movie imagery does a pretty good job of portraying the sense of horror of being trapped inside while people are dying outside.

The Lathe of Heaven (1980). A mind-bending story about a man whose dreams become reality. Will poodles become pink, will aliens invade, or will humans be wiped out by disease just because he dreamed it?

Have you seen any of these? Would you watch them under quarantine while you wonder if you’re next to be infected? How about some zombie movies instead?

BONUS: Read the Monster of the Apocalypse series by C. Henry Martens. If you survive this pandemic while most don’t, you may pick up some great tips on survival. Not mention, they’re awesome reads!

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