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Why do people in quarantine watch disaster films and how does this affect the psyche

Why do people watch disaster films, especially now, during the coronavirus pandemic? The answer to this question tried to find the publication "Voice of America"

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"Epidemic", "Infection" and other films about the disasters that cause deadly diseases to mankind, asteroids, zombies, break records in the number of views on online TV.

For example, in 1995 the film "Epidemic" was shot. It talks about a virus that has spread in a small California city, as a result of which it is isolated from the rest of the world.

Currently, the film ranks first in the top ten most popular films on Netflix.

Since the production of films due to COVID-19 has practically stopped, and cinemas are quarantined, people switched to watching movies on online platforms, and watch mainly disaster films.

The Epidemic is one of many films whose plot is based on various doomsday scenarios. The picture keeps the viewer in suspense with the help of fear and anxiety before an invisible enemy, which is spreading around the city. In order to at least somehow protect themselves from the virus, people hide in their homes, while the corrupt military spread false information about the situation and are going to undermine the city in order to stop the spread of the virus.

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Why are disaster films so popular during a pandemic? Psychologist Carolyn Loren attributes this to human fear of dying. And also with a deep sense of anxiety due to people's awareness of their mortality. According to her, disaster films with a good ending reassure viewers.

“This is an attempt to escape from reality, for a couple of hours you can be in another reality, that which is happening on the screen, and there is something exciting in it that makes the heart beat faster,” she says.

Disaster films, such as the film about the deadly virus "Infection" (2011), allow the viewer to feel how the race scientists fight over time to save humanity.

Most films based on a pandemic scenario describe events that are many times worse than what humanity is experiencing at the moment. It also gives the viewer a sense of relief, because in real life, not everything is so bad.

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“The Plague in Florence” is a silent movie of 1919 that tells about the epidemic of “black death” in 1348. The genre of the film shows that people were interested in this topic in the era of silent cinema. Interestingly, a film about the plague in the Middle Ages was shot in the midst of the Spanish flu pandemic, when the fear of death intensified among people.

Watching movies about zombie apocalypse or a pandemic that destroys humanity is not suitable for everyone. Indeed, during times of uncertainty, when people are faced with anxiety and helplessness, watching such films can overload the psyche too much.

At the same time, it can help overcome anxiety. It's like nightmares - when they end, you wake up and, realizing that it was just a dream, calm down. So at the end of films usually show something good: a vaccine is found, humanity is saved.

If you are sure that watching such a film will be a relief for you, we offer you several cult paintings on this topic.

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