“We know that it was us that scorched the sky.”
― Morpheus, 'The Matrix' (1999)
Extreme weather events, changes in global temperature levels, mass extinctions — climate change promises so many fun things. But why wait? You can see what that world will be like tomorrow, by climbing aboard the climate fiction train today.
Cli-Fi explores how the world may look in the process (or aftermath) of dealing with climate change.
Well-done Cli-Fi also has an important message to deliver – that of hope. That it's not too late; we still have time to avoid these things happening if we adapt and change.
'Interstellar', Climate Change and the Evolution of Cli-Fi Movies, via ucsusa.org:
The New ‘Godzilla’ Is Science Fiction — and Climate Fiction, via The Daily Signal:
Cli-Fi Is the Hottest New Literary Genre, via good.is:
Can Cli-Fi Actually Make a Difference? A Climate Scientist’s Perspective, via The Conversation:
'mother!' and the Cli-Fi Conundrum, via Jump Cut:
A Review of Cli-Fi Cinema ... Past and Present, via YCC:
What Happens to Fiction When Our Worst Climate Nightmares Start Coming True?, via The Smithsonian:
Darren Aronofsky Says 'mother!' Is About Climate Change, But He’s Wrong, via The New Yorker:
There's something terrifying as hell about a viral outbreak which turns everyone around you into monsters that want to kill you, eat you, or assimilate you. The Walking Dead (which is not on this list, but is relative to our point) is the most popular show on TV for a reason, folks, and that reason is that pandemics, whether large or small, prey on our most primal of fears: that the world around us can go to hell at any minute.
Walking STDs; hordes of infected humans; killer mutant sheep; viral demons; flesh-eating bacteria; or even alien slugs that are determined to take over the world; the movies on this Best of Viral/Infected Horror list are sure to give you nightmares. Or even daymares. Some of them are really that scary.
For the first 6 movies in the list:
If you're in the mood for a truly quality Viral/Infected Horror flick, any of the movies in our Top Six will do you right. For our money, [REC] and 28 Days Later are probably the best of them, but then again they all bring their own unique and terrifying vision to the Viral/Infected Sub-Genre.
For the remaining:
Below are the rest of our 30 Best Viral Horror flicks, and of course, a few Honorable Mentions thrown in for good measure. Keep in mind that no "Best of" list is ever perfect, but merely a solid starting point for anyone looking to watch some great flicks.
The last 6 being "Honorable Mentions".