Don't let your imagination run viral watching these horror films

Watch scary movies about pandemics if you want, but take the story lines with a pinch of salt

In 28 Days Later, monkeys infected with a virus bite animal activists, unleashing a zombie plague in Britain.
In 28 Days Later, monkeys infected with a virus bite animal activists, unleashing a zombie plague in Britain. PHOTO: WARNER BROS
In Contagion (above), a chef touches a pig infected with a bat virus, then shakes a person’s hand, kicking off a global pandemic.
In Contagion (above), a chef touches a pig infected with a bat virus, then shakes a person’s hand, kicking off a global pandemic. PHOTO: WARNER BROS
Train To Busan.
Train To Busan.
In I Am Legend, Will Smith plays a lone survivor in a world in which a virus has killed most while turning some into vampires.
In I Am Legend, Will Smith plays a lone survivor in a world in which a virus has killed most while turning some into vampires. PHOTO: WARNER BROS
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Open the Netflix app these days and one might see that the top suggested feed is a documentary series with the ominous title of Pandemic - very subtle, Netflix.

It is hard to blame the service. Movies about infections have been raking muck and sowing fear in the name of entertainment for a hundred years.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 03, 2020, with the headline Don't let your imagination run viral watching these horror films. Subscribe