Thursday Movie Picks: Halloween Edition: Epidemic/Pandemic/Outbreak

Welcome to Thursday Movie Picks, a weekly series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves where each Thursday you have to pick three films to match the week's topic.

And this is the last Halloween week which actually makes me a little sad. I was really starting to enjoy the theme. Anyway, this is sicknesses week so I suggest you wear a mask, maybe it will prevent you from getting one of this viruses. 

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

I bet you didn't see this one coming, after all it's a movie about scientists testing an intelligence enhancing drug on chimps. But eventually things don't go as planned, and a virus that threatens all humanity is spread. And it's up to James Franco to save the world, starting from San Francisco. This is easily one of the best entries in the franchise, and the CGI is spectacular.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

The most obvious pick when it comes to this kind of things. It follows Shaun, an average guy living an average life, on his mission to rescue his loved ones after a virus spread in London brings the dead back to life. This extraordinary demential film has everything: British humour at its best, hilarious gags, a fantastic soundtrack, zombies and a wonderful cast.

The Crazies (2010)

As toxin in the water begins to turn the residents of a small town in Iowa into violent psychopaths, the sheriff tries to make sense of a situation while fighting for survival. This is a creepy disaster flick that wants to be a horror and it actually works and despite the not so original story, it is engaging and enjoyable.


  1. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a great, clever pick. And a REALLY good movie to boot!

  2. I haven't seen The Crazies but I like your other two choices!

  3. Rise of The Planet of the Apes is quite good and I almost picked this film. Too bad that the sequel seems to indicate James Franco's character didn't make it...or his girlfriend. I do want to see Shawn of the Dead because it looks like it would be funny. I will pass on The Crazies.

  4. I give you that....Rise of the Planet of Apes is very good pick

  5. I love Shaun of the Dead and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I also enjoyed The Crazies. Great picks!

  6. Ah man the Crazies! Not my kind of thing at all. Gad damn love Shaun such a classic.