Horror: Viruses, Vampires and Blindness
Short of saying “Some time after the year 1980” it’s impossible for me to know when it was that movies involving viruses started to freak me out. I mention 1980 because that was the year that the movie ‘Fukkatsu no hi’ was released.
Better known as simply ‘Virus’, ‘Fukkatsu no hi’ is a gripping film which tells the story of a team of scientists in the Arctic who are the only survivors when a deadly virus is accidentally released on the worlds population.
I think it’s the utter uncontrollability presented by a virus — it’s lack of discrimination or empathy and the absolute omnipresence of the threat — which completely freaks me out about them and makes them so attractive as a plot device.
As I said, I don’t remember when it was exactly or how old I was when I first saw Virus, but it left a lasting effect on me.. So much so that I often avoid movies with such concepts in their premise. Sometimes however, I take a chance and risk a few sleepless nights by seeing a film which I know already has me by my Achilles heal before I see a single frame. Sometimes it pays off.
Children of Men is probably one of my favourite recent Virus-Flicks (that’s what I’m calling them now) as was 28 Days Later. But with Danny Boyle taking only a producer’s credit and writer Alex Garland nowhere to be seen I don’t know that I have the balls to bet on 28 Weeks Later being anywhere near as good as it’s predecessor. So, where can a guy — with a pre-disposition to freaking himself out — like me find his next fix? Well there are at least two Virus-Flicks on the horizon (which have come to my attention) however given that they are still some time away from the screen I’ll do my best not to pass judgement on whether either of them will get me to torture myself by buying a ticket just yet.
Ethan Hawke has signed on to appear in a film, being directed by The Spierig Brothers (Undead), titled DAYBREAKERS.
The film is set in the future, after a whacky plague has turned the majority of the world’s population into blood suckers. With their food supply dwindling various fanged (will they have fangs?) factions are researching alternatives ways to feed the Vampire hoards.
Julianne Moore and Daniel Craig have both signed on to play the co-leads in BLINDNESS. Based on the novel by JosÃƒÂ© Saramago, Blindness tells the story of a town which is struck by a mysterious virus which causes (as the name suggests) loss of sight. Moore plays the only person unaffected by the virus, but fakes having been infected so that she can take care of her husband.