Plague Movies – Laser Time #372

We all gotta go some time… let’s just hope it’s not bleeding from the eyes, from an act of bio terrorism, or even zombification. Oh yes, in this episode we’re discussing an oft overlooked subgenre: Plague Movie! Get inoculated and come on in…

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10 thoughts on “Plague Movies – Laser Time #372

  1. I think Sarah would love Julia Gfrörer’s comic “Laid Waste” about the biggest plague ever: that black one. It’s so delicate, and so brutal, about a mother watching sickness take her loved ones, trying to go on in a world ravaged by a sickness that feels like the wrath of God.

  2. I thing Stephen Kings the stand Mini series counts and it has one hell of a cast. Personally it’s one of my favorites.

  3. Christ. Sam and Sarah’s story about the blood bank letter grabbed me by the chest and squeezed hard. The long hug to his kid before seeing him off for the day is exquisitely brutal. I’m really sorry you both had to go through that.

  4. If you like World War Z the movie and enjoy epidemic stories then you’ll also enjoy the book. The audiobook is fully produced with a full voice cast. That’s about the one good thing that came out of the movie version. Definitely give it a read as the pandemic themes are even more present there than in the movie.

    I was glad to hear you mention And the Band Played On. I watched that on HBO as a kid and it stuck with me for years. Ian McKellan’s performance in particular got to me, though I didn’t realize that was him until I went back and watched it as an adult. I still tear up at the end to this day. It also sadly shows that the government’s response to a pandemic threat is probably going to be a shrug and attempts to downplay the seriousness.

    Also glad to hear Sam mention that the “Patient Zero” hypothesis has been debunked for awhile. And the Band Played On is an excellent book and a riveting read, but it’s also a product of its time when the world was still very much in the midst of the AIDS crisis. The benefit of twenty-five years of additional research and some more measured hindsight has shown that Dugas wasn’t the villain he was made out to be in the ’80s.

  5. I’ve read Blindness and HIGHLY recommend it. It’s beautifully written, but a little tough sometimes coz it’s one of those that doesn’t use quotation marks and just flows into dialogue seamlessly. Excellent read though. Fun fact, I swear it got a Pulitzer or the author has a Nobel prize or something. Haven’t seen the movie myself, but I hear it doesn’t measure up to the book

  6. Man, do you know what I hate? Plague movies. It’s two hours of people getting sick, vomiting, bleeding from their “whatever,” getting all sweaty and gross and pale. It’s just fucking ugly to look at and I hate it.

  7. I’m listening to this at work, and a quick mention about blood donations: you can’t donate blood if you have lyme disease, because you go into remission with it. I got lyme at 10, and I can’t ever donate now.
    While not a movie, I do very much enjoy Rooster Teeth’s “Day 5”. I’m not sure if you’d count it as a plaque exactly, but the entire world is suffering from an unknown, um, thing where if the go to sleep you will die. They haven’t learned what caused this (hence why I’m not sure if it counts) but a great deal of time is devoted to searching for a cure.

  8. Michael Creighton’s “The Andromeda Strain” might qualify as a plague movie. Space probe crashes to earth after hitting rock in space. Turns out rock has a dormant biological that becomes active, killing an entire western town except for two people. Scientists try to figure out how and almost create a world plague from it.
    It moves slowly (10 minutes of a scientist looking at slides), but I remember being fascinated with the whole concept when the movie came out in the 70s.

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