The most terrifying pandemic-themed movies

Quarantining at home? Here are films about viruses and widespread diseases that you can watch

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Quarantine (2008)

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A remake of the 2007 Spanish film REC, Quarantine follows a reporter (Jennifer Carpenter) and her cameraman (Steve Harris), who are working a story on night-shift firefighters for a reality TV program. A late-night distress call takes them to a Los Angeles apartment building, where the police are investigating a report of horrific screams. Escape soon becomes impossible when the Center for Disease Control seals the building following the discovery that a deadly mutated strain of rabies is spreading among the property’s occupants. Despite the risks, the reporter and the cameraman continue to record the events that unfold inside, of which the film itself is the final result.

Unlike other found-footage horror films, Quarantine has no actual musical score, helping the movie achieve its unique sinister tone. Though the John Erick Dowdle-directed movie follows the same plot as its source material, the former features exclusive scenes, characters, and dialogue, as well as a different explanation of the virus.

Interesting facts about BTS
  • The group name, “BTS” stands for the Korean expression Bangtan Sonyeondan which translates to “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”. Band member J-Hope said that they chose this name because it represents BTS’s desire “to block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that aim on adolescents like bullets.” But that isn’t the only meaning behind the name. In 2017, BTS said, as part of their new brand identity, that their name would also stand for Beyond the Scene” which extended their name to mean “growing youth BTS who is going beyond the realities they are facing, and going forward.”
  • BTS was originally intended to be a hip-hop group, similar to YG Entertainment’s 1TYM. This was because Big Hit Entertainment CEO Bang Si-hyuk met with RM and was very impressed by his rapping talents. However, Bang Si-hyuk changed his mind and decided that today’s youth needed “a hero who can lend them a shoulder to lean on, even without speaking a single word.”
  • BTS has said that all of the following musicians have inspired their music; Post Malone, Eminem, Seo Taiji and Boys, Nas, Kanye West, Drake, Charlie Puth, Danger, and Queen.
  • The band’s first English-language single, “Dynamite”, was released on August 21st. Its video broke the YouTube record for the most viewed music video premiere, grabbing the attention of three million viewers, and it set a new record for the most viewed video on the first day of release. “Dynamite” is also the first music video on YouTube to surpass 100 million views in less than one day.
  • BTS has been often labeled as “easily the biggest and most successful name in K-pop in the world” that can “do things no other name in their genre can.” Time magazine has gone as far as calling them the “Princes of Pop.”