Now that COVID-19 has engulfed the world in a thick, pungent blanket of fear and paranoia, what better time to cuddle up in front of your TV set and distract yourself by watching something light and inspiring? Hence, I present you with my very own list of the Top 5 Quarantine Movies to Watch While Quarantined.
Don’t forget to lock your doors, seal your windows, wear a gas mask – and, perhaps most importantly, stock up on that toilet paper. We may all die, but by God, we’ll do it glued to our TV sets, with squeaky-clean buttholes.
Right at Your Door (2006)
What if COVID-19 was 10,000 times more lethal, leaving you with no choice but to actually seal yourself off in your own abode? What if your loved one ended up trapped – and most likely infected – on the other side? That’s the question that Chris Gorak’s ingeniously plotted, nerve-wracking lo-fi thriller poses. When a dirty bomb explodes in Los Angeles, a toxic cloud rapidly spreads, trapping folks inside their homes. Does Brad let his wife Lexi inside? Is she infected, and if so, is he willing to sacrifice himself? The tone stumbles here and there, and the twist may leave you scratching your head, but the strength of its lead performances – by Mary McCormack and Rory Cochrane – as well as Gorak’s muscular direction – powers it through the rough patches.
Jaume Balagueró’s Rec was remade by Hollywood less than a year after its release into an infinitely-less-impactful Quarantine, but this shocker’s the real deal. Similarly to Gorak (see above), Balagueró adopts the visceral, “this could happen to you” approach, putting you right in the shoes of Angela (Manuela Velasco), a reporter who gets locked inside a dark apartment building with some terrifying beasties. Don’t come looking for subtlety or subtext – this offers wall-to-wall thrills and intensity, period. The film played on our collective fears of the unknown, as well as being trapped in a claustrophobic environment, consequently raking in more than $30M on a €1.5M budget.