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Infectious Horror

March 23, 2020 Season 1 Episode 2
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Infectious Horror
Mar 23, 2020 Season 1 Episode 2

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With COVID-19 topping the news, of course, so is Contagion Survival Horror!  There's an important but subtle difference between Contagion Thriller, and Contagion Survival Horror.  Thriller is more about the struggle to cure (or fail to cure) the contagion.  Horror survival is about exactly that... survival.  If you're not surviving the virus, you're surviving the monsters it creates, or you're surviving the social meltdown and what it does to the people.  If there's a cure at the end, its almost a fluke.  World War Z was more of a contagion action flick than a Zombie film.  In my review, I explained that the zombies could be replaced by Terrorists, and Invading Army, or Robots, and it wouldn't change anything about the movie.

However, Contagion Survival Horror is hard to pull off unless it's zombies or zombie like creatures.  Very often, there isn't a lot about surviving social meltdown unless it includes zombies or monsters.  It's like the reveal from The Happening,  -SPOILERS-  when we find out the trees are killing people.  An outbreak movie where the victim just kills themselves was already pretty weak.

So, what does Outbreak Horror need to be good?  In my opinion, it requires global pandemic.  Meaning movies like REC, are really more like Quarantine Horror.  I guess that makes The Thing (1982) something like Quarantine Horror in some respects (just kidding).  It also requires that struggle for survival.  The 'brink of madness, on the edge of oblivion' sense of struggle that makes Zombie Survival so right.  In a sense, Outbreak Horror, needs to be Zombie Survival Horror, without the biters.


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This week's topics

With COVID-19 topping the news, of course, so is Contagion Survival Horror!  There's an important but subtle difference between Contagion Thriller, and Contagion Survival Horror.  Thriller is more about the struggle to cure (or fail to cure) the contagion.  Horror survival is about exactly that... survival.  If you're not surviving the virus, you're surviving the monsters it creates, or you're surviving the social meltdown and what it does to the people.  If there's a cure at the end, its almost a fluke.  World War Z was more of a contagion action flick than a Zombie film.  In my review, I explained that the zombies could be replaced by Terrorists, and Invading Army, or Robots, and it wouldn't change anything about the movie.

However, Contagion Survival Horror is hard to pull off unless it's zombies or zombie like creatures.  Very often, there isn't a lot about surviving social meltdown unless it includes zombies or monsters.  It's like the reveal from The Happening,  -SPOILERS-  when we find out the trees are killing people.  An outbreak movie where the victim just kills themselves was already pretty weak.

So, what does Outbreak Horror need to be good?  In my opinion, it requires global pandemic.  Meaning movies like REC, are really more like Quarantine Horror.  I guess that makes The Thing (1982) something like Quarantine Horror in some respects (just kidding).  It also requires that struggle for survival.  The 'brink of madness, on the edge of oblivion' sense of struggle that makes Zombie Survival so right.  In a sense, Outbreak Horror, needs to be Zombie Survival Horror, without the biters.