Top 10: Outbreak Movies
3. Planet Terror (2007)
Planet Terror is pure bliss: Suicidal children, severed balls, Jeff Fahey and Michael Biehn as quarreling brothers, and of course an army of crazed mutants have combined to make this one of the most entertaining genre offerings in years. Many people wondered whether or not Rose McGowan had the chops to navigate the ballistic waters conjured by writer/director Robert Rodriguez, but she proved to be more than up to the task, delivering her one-liners with as much accuracy as a spray of bullets from her machine gun leg while battling an army of mutated Texans. If it’s 106 minutes of splatter-filled nonsense you’re after, you can’t do better.
2. Shivers - aka They Came From Within (1975)
It doesn’t sound all that great on paper I suppose -- a parasitic infection turns victims into sex-starved psychos (okay, maybe it does) -- but this one continues to hold up. The setting of the Starliner apartment complex is claustrophobic and the Canadian Master of Horror manages to bilk lots of tension and suspense out of the premise. One doesn’t mention this one without referencing the infamous bathtub scene, but there’s more to savor than just the shocks. David Cronenberg’s debut film remains a startling one, a terrifying metaphor for contagious disease as well as an examination of humanity at its most primal. This one’s considered a classic for a damn good reason.