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28 Days Later... (2002)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

28 Days Later... (2002)

Animal activists invade a laboratory with the intention of releasing chimpanzees that are undergoing experimentation, infected by a virus -a virus that causes rage. The naive activists ignore the pleas of a scientist to keep the cages locked, with disastrous results. Twenty-eight days later, our protagonist, Jim, wakes up from a coma, alone, in an abandoned hospital. He begins to seek out anyone else to find London is deserted, apparently without a living soul. After finding a church, which had become inhabited by zombie like humans intent on his demise, he runs for his life. Selena and Mark rescue him from the horde and bring him up to date on the mass carnage and horror as all of London tore itself apart. This is a tale of survival and ultimately, heroics, with nice subtext about mankind's savage nature. (Read More)

Themes:military, starvation, courage, apocalypse, insanity, paranoia, brutality, loneliness, escape, fear, betrayal, suicide
Mood:allegory, gore
Locations:tunnel, laboratory, storm, rooftop, lake, forest, church, hospital
Characters:hostage, soldier, zombie, nudity
Story:virus, coma, zombie outbreak, zombie apocalypse, zombie survival, scientist, coming out of a coma, deadly disease, drug overdose, rage, british army, post apocalypse, blood vomiting, military officer, taxi driver, zombie child, zombie attack, church of england, person on fire, car explosion

28 Weeks Later (2007)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi

28 Weeks Later (2007)

28 Weeks Later picks up six months after the Rage Virus has decimated the city of London. The US Army has restored order and is repopulating the quarantined city, when a carrier of the Rage Virus enters London and unknowingly re-ignites the spread of the deadly infection and the nightmare begins... again. (Read More)

Themes:brutality, fear
Mood:gore
Characters:zombie, nudity
Story:infection, rage, virus, zombie outbreak, army, zombie apocalypse, zombie survival, deadly disease, post apocalypse, blood vomiting, zombie attack, person on fire, hell on earth, british horror, zombification, doomsday, outbreak, murder of a child, eye gouging, butcher

World War Z (2013)
Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

World War Z (2013)

Life for former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane and his family seems content. Suddenly, the world is plagued by a mysterious infection turning whole human populations into rampaging mindless zombies. After barely escaping the chaos, Lane is persuaded to go on a mission to investigate this disease. What follows is a perilous trek around the world where Lane must brave horrific dangers and long odds to find answers before human civilization falls. (Read More)

Themes:apocalypse, military, escape, suicide
Locations:laboratory, rooftop
Characters:soldier, zombie
Story:zombie apocalypse, infection, person on fire, outbreak, epidemic, gasoline, apartment building, end of the world, virus, disease, machete, supermarket, riot, severed arm, exploding body, baseball bat, product placement, impalement, survival, shot in the back

Planet Terror (2007)
Action, Comedy, Horror, Thriller

Planet Terror (2007)

After an experimental bio-nerve gas is accidentally released at a remote U.S. military base in Texas, those exposed to the gas turn into flesh-eating, mutating zombies out to kill. An assortment of various people who include stripper Cherry, her shady mechanic ex-boyfriend Wray, a strong-willed doctor, the local sheriff, and an assortment of various people must join forces to survive the night as the so-called "sickos" threaten to take over the whole town and the world. (Read More)

Themes:military, paranoia, fear
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage, soldier, zombie
Story:zombie apocalypse, zombie survival, group, deadly disease, person on fire, bloody body of a child, doomsday, outbreak, blood on camera lens, epidemic, infection, end of the world, rapist, dismemberment, attempted rape, gas station, survival, shot in the back, scientist, shot in the head

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) is one of the best movies like 28 Days Later... (2002)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

Alice awakes at home with her daughter Becky and her husband. But soon she realizes that she is actually in an Umbrella Corporation's underground facility. Out of the blue, the computer security system shuts-down and Alice flees to the central control room of the facility. She meets Ada Wong, who works with Albert Wesker, and she learns that a five-man team has been sent by Wesker to rescue them. However, the Red Queen sends Jill Valentine and Rain to hunt them down. (Read More)

Themes:military, escape
Mood:gore
Locations:laboratory, rooftop
Characters:hostage, soldier, zombie
Story:zombie apocalypse, zombie survival, post apocalypse, car explosion, retribution, blood on camera lens, plague, chain, infection, end of the world, virus, disease, exploding body, baseball bat, product placement, impalement, army, survival, shot in the back, car crash

The Mummy (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension. This is why The Mummy (2017) is one of the best movies like 28 Days Later... (2002). (Read More)

Themes:courage, paranoia, military, escape, fear, betrayal
Locations:tunnel, laboratory, rooftop, forest, church
Characters:hostage, soldier, zombie
Story:london underground, london eye, big ben london, sergeant, rat, product placement, beaten to death, fantasy sequence, no opening credits, army, shot in the back, scientist, car crash, bare butt, london england, machine gun, car accident, horse, blood splatter, shot to death

War Of The Worlds (2005)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

War Of The Worlds (2005)

Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller. (Read More)

Themes:apocalypse, brutality, military, escape, fear, betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:tunnel, storm, church
Characters:hostage, soldier
Story:credit card, single father, survivor, riot, exploding body, rat, beaten to death, survival, london england, mirror, machine gun, car accident, food, blood splatter, corpse, teenage boy, fire, cult film, explosion, father daughter relationship

Dawn Of The Dead (2004)
Action, Horror, Thriller

Dawn Of The Dead (2004)

Ana goes home to her peaceful suburban residence, but she is unpleasantly surprised the morning that follows when her husband is brutally attacked by her zombified neighbor. In the chaos of her once picturesque neighborhood, Ana flees and stumbles upon a police officer named Kenneth, along with more survivors who decide that their best chances of survival would be found in the deserted Crossroads Shopping Mall. When supplies begin running low and other trapped survivors need help, the group comes to the realization that they cannot stay put forever at the Shopping Mall, and devise a plan to escape. (Read More)

Themes:apocalypse, brutality, escape, fear, suicide
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:zombie
Story:group, zombie outbreak, zombie apocalypse, deadly disease, post apocalypse, survival, zombie child, zombie attack, person on fire, hell on earth, zombification, doomsday, outbreak, blood on camera lens, plague, pervert, infection, end of the world, virus, loss of father

Logan (2017) is one of the best movies like 28 Days Later... (2002)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, brutality, escape, fear, betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:laboratory, forest, hospital
Characters:hostage, soldier, nudity
Story:tire iron, bullet wound, blood on camera lens, car trouble, rage, virus, dismemberment, severed arm, exploding body, baseball bat, evil man, product placement, beaten to death, gas station, impalement, army, survival, shot in the back, scientist, alcohol

Warm Bodies (2013)
Comedy, Horror, Romance

Warm Bodies (2013)

With much of the world's population now an undead horde, R is a young and oddly introspective zombie. While fighting with and feeding on a human scavenger party, R meets Julie and feels an urge to protect her. What happens next is the beginning of a strangely warm relationship that allows R to begin regaining his humanity. As this change spreads through the local undead population like a virus, Julie and R eventually have to face a larger issue when the very nature of their friendship is challenged. Caught between the paranoid human forces and the ferocious "Bonies", zombies who are a mutual threat, R and Julie must find a way to bridge the differences of each side to fight for a better world no one thought possible. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, military, escape, fear
Locations:laboratory
Characters:zombie, hostage, soldier
Story:zombie apocalypse, post apocalypse, zombie child, bullet wound, plague, group, virus, beaten to death, fantasy sequence, impalement, army, mansion, survival, shot in the back, death of father, shot in the head, machine gun, food, blood splatter, shot to death

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. This is why War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) is one of the best movies like 28 Days Later... (2002). (Read More)

Themes:starvation, paranoia, brutality, military, escape, fear, betrayal, suicide
Locations:tunnel, forest
Characters:hostage, soldier
Story:post apocalypse, chimpanzee, infection, animal attack, virus, machete, exploding body, beaten to death, no opening credits, impalement, army, survival, shot in the back, alcohol, shot in the head, machine gun, horse, food, shot to death, corpse

Predators (2010)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predators (2010)

The mercenary Royce; the military Isabelle; the Russian soldier Nikolai; the San Quentin criminal Stans; the Sierra Leone militia Mombasa; the drug lord Cuchillo; the Yakuza Hanzo; and the Doctor Edwin awake in free fall but they succeed to open their parachutes landing in a jungle. Soon they find that they are on another planet and they are prey of aliens in a deadly hunting game, and they need to join forces to destroy their predators and survive. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, paranoia, brutality, military, escape, fear, betrayal, suicide
Mood:gore
Locations:forest
Characters:hostage, soldier
Story:animal attack, survivor, machete, severed arm, exploding body, evil man, no opening credits, impalement, survival, shot in the back, vomiting, shot in the head, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, fire, explosion, bare chested male, murder

I Am Legend (2007) is one of the best movies like 28 Days Later... (2002)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

I Am Legend (2007)

Robert Neville is a scientist who was unable to stop the spread of the terrible virus that was incurable and man-made. Immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and perhaps the world. For three years, Neville has faithfully sent out daily radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But he is not alone. Mutant victims of the plague -- The Infected -- lurk in the shadows... watching Neville's every move... waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Perhaps mankind's last, best hope, Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus using his own immune blood. But he knows he is outnumbered... and quickly running out of time. (Read More)

Themes:military, loneliness, escape, suicide
Locations:laboratory
Characters:zombie
Story:zombie outbreak, scientist, plague, virus, survivor, post apocalypse, zombie attack, plundering, radio broadcast, epidemic, infection, despair, animal attack, disease, rat, isolation, widower, army, car accident, blood

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:courage, paranoia, brutality, escape, fear, betrayal
Locations:lake, forest
Characters:hostage, soldier
Story:fortress, animal attack, sergeant, riot, severed arm, loss of father, rat, exploding body, evil man, beaten to death, impalement, army, shot in the back, death of father, london england, shot in the head, horse, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-fi

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

In a world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, Alice (Jovovich), continues on her journey to find survivors and lead them to safety. Her deadly battle with the Umbrella Corporation reaches new heights, but Alice gets some unexpected help from an old friend. A new lead that promises a safe haven from the Undead takes them to Los Angeles, but when they arrive the city is overrun by thousands of Undead - and Alice and her comrades are about to step into a deadly trap. (Read More)

Themes:brutality, escape, betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:tunnel, rooftop
Characters:hostage, soldier, zombie
Story:zombie apocalypse, zombie survival, post apocalypse, zombie attack, fortress, group, infection, animal attack, virus, survivor, exploding body, evil man, impalement, army, survival, shot in the back, shot in the head, machine gun, food, blood splatter

Fury (2014)
Action, Drama, War

Fury (2014)

1945, in World War II Germany, the tough Sergeant Don 'Wardaddy' Collier commands a tank and survives a German attack with his veteran crew composed of Boyd 'Bible' Swan, Trini 'Gordo' Garcia and Grady 'Coon-Ass' Travis. He receives a rookie soldier Norman Ellison as the substitute for his deceased gunner and he tries to harden the youth along the way. This is why Fury (2014) is one of the best movies like 28 Days Later... (2002). (Read More)

Themes:brutality, military, suicide
Mood:gore
Locations:forest
Characters:soldier
Story:sergeant, person on fire, landmine, gasoline, exploding body, no opening credits, army, survival, shot in the back, vomiting, shot in the head, machine gun, horse, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, fire, explosion, bare chested male, murder

Resident Evil (2002) is one of the best movies like 28 Days Later... (2002)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi

Resident Evil (2002)

A virus has escaped in a secret facility called "The Hive," turning the staff into hungry zombies and releasing the mutated Lab "Animals" that they were studying. The complex computer shuts down the base to prevent infection. The parent corporation sends in an elite military unit, where they meet Alice, who is suffering from amnesia due to exposure to nerve gas. The military team must shut down the computer and get out, fighting their way past zombies, mutants, and the computer itself, before the virus escapes and infects the rest of the world. Alice must also come to terms with her slowly-returning memories. (Read More)

Themes:military, escape, betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:tunnel, laboratory, hospital
Characters:soldier, zombie
Story:infection, virus, zombie outbreak, zombie apocalypse, zombie survival, deadly disease, zombie attack, person on fire, british horror, doomsday, outbreak, group, end of the world, first part, impalement, mansion, shot in the back, scientist, vomiting, shot in the head

Grindhouse (2007)
Action, Horror, Thriller

Grindhouse (2007)

A double-bill of thrillers that recall both filmmakers' favorite exploitation films. "Grindhouse" (a downtown movie theater in disrepair since its glory days as a movie palace known for "grinding out" non-stop double-bill programs of B-movies) is presented as one full-length feature comprised of two individual films helmed separately by each director. "Death Proof," is a rip-roaring slasher flick where the killer pursues his victims with a car rather than a knife, while "Planet Terror" shows us a view of the world in the midst of a zombie outbreak. The films are joined together by clever faux trailers that recall the '50s exploitation drive-in classics. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:zombie, soldier
Story:zombie outbreak, outbreak, person on fire, car trouble, infection, end of the world, machete, dismemberment, severed arm, exploding body, attempted rape, beaten to death, army, shot in the head, machine gun, car accident, shot to death, teenage boy, fire, teenage girl

Alien: Covenant (2017)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Alien: Covenant (2017)

Almost eleven years after the futile and disastrous expedition on the distant moon LV-223, the deep-space colonisation vessel Covenant equipped with more than 2,000 colonists in cryogenic hibernation, sets a course for the remote planet Origae-6 with the intention to build a new world. Instead, a rogue transmission will entice the crew to a nearby habitable small planet which resembles The Earth. The unsuspecting members of Covenant will have to cope with biological foes, beyond human comprehension. Ultimately, what was intended as a peaceful exploratory mission, will soon turn into a desperate rescue operation deep into the cold infinite space. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, paranoia, brutality, escape, fear, betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:laboratory, forest
Characters:hostage, soldier
Story:blood vomiting, person on fire, infection, sergeant, virus, exploding body, beaten to death, widower, interracial relationship, impalement, survival, shot in the back, scientist, bare butt, shot in the head, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, fire

Zombieland (2009)
Adventure, Comedy, Horror, Sci-fi

Zombieland (2009)

Searching for family. In the early twenty-first century, zombies have taken over America. A shy and inexperienced college student in Texas has survived by following his 30 rules: such as "look in the back seat," "double-tap," "avoid public restrooms." He decides to travel to Ohio to see if his parents are alive. He gets a ride with a boisterous zombie-hating good-old boy headed for Florida, and soon they confront a young woman whose sister has been bitten by a zombie and wants to be put out of her misery. The sisters were headed to an LA amusement park they've heard is zombie free. Can the kid from Ohio get to his family? And what about rule thirty one? (Read More)

Themes:apocalypse, fear
Mood:gore
Characters:zombie
Story:zombie apocalypse, post apocalypse, zombie child, person on fire, zombification, ghost town, blood on camera lens, grocery store, disease, baseball bat, product placement, beaten to death, gas station, mansion, survival, shot in the back, car crash, shot in the head, machine gun, blood splatter

Daybreakers (2009) is one of the best movies like 28 Days Later... (2002)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Daybreakers (2009)

In a world 10 years into the future, vampires make up the vast majority of the population with only 5% of the human race remaining. This presents particular challenges as the vampires' food supply - human blood - is dwindling and rationing is now the norm. There is growing evidence that vampires deprived of an adequate blood supply are themselves evolving into wild, vile creatures that attack anyone and anything in order to survive. Dr. Edward Dalton, a vampire and hematologist who works for a pharmaceutical firm, has been working on finding an artificial blood supply that will meet the vampire society's needs. He is sympathetic to humans and sees his work as a way of alleviating their suffering but his views on finding a solution change considerably when he meets someone who found a way to transform himself from being a vampire to again take human form. This is why Daybreakers (2009) is one of the best movies like 28 Days Later... (2002). (Read More)

Themes:starvation, military, suicide
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Story:person on fire, blood on camera lens, plague, epidemic, flat tire, riot, dismemberment, exploding body, impalement, shot in the back, scientist, car crash, vomiting, machine gun, car accident, food, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, cult film

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)

The second chapter of the epic "Maze Runner" saga. Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD's vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, escape, fear, betrayal, suicide
Locations:tunnel, laboratory, storm
Characters:hostage, soldier, zombie
Story:deadly disease, disease, post apocalypse, epidemic, group, infection, thunderstorm, virus, machete, rat, exploding body, no opening credits, survival, shot in the back, scientist, shot to death, corpse, teenage boy, fire, explosion

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:paranoia, brutality, escape, fear, betrayal, suicide
Mood:gore
Locations:tunnel, rooftop
Story:blood on camera lens, product placement, widower, no opening credits, survival, shot in the back, car crash, undressing, shot in the head, mirror, machine gun, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, fire, explosion, number in title, murder, gun

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Themes:insanity, paranoia, brutality, escape, fear
Mood:gore
Story:stairwell, butchery, credit card, pervert, butcher, rapist, rage, virus, first part, evil man, impalement, car crash, taxi, bare butt, undressing, shot in the head, mirror, car accident, food, blood splatter

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011) is one of the best movies like 28 Days Later... (2002)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011)

At the story's heart is Caesar ('Andy Serkis' (qv)), a chimpanzee who gains human-like intelligence and emotions from an experimental drug. Raised like a child by the drug's creator, Will Rodman ('James Franco' (qv)) and a primatologist Caroline Aranha ('Freida Pinto' (qv)), Caesar ultimately finds himself taken from the humans he loves and imprisoned in an ape sanctuary in San Bruno. Seeking justice for his fellow inmates, Caesar gives the fellow apes the same drug that he inherited. He then assembles a simian army and escapes the sanctuary - putting man and ape on a collision course that could change the planet forever. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:laboratory, forest
Story:chimpanzee, interracial kiss, major, epidemic, infection, interracial romance, animal attack, virus, disease, riot, first part, baseball bat, no opening credits, interracial relationship, army, scientist, death of father, car crash, machine gun, car accident

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Drama, History, War

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination. This is why Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) is one of the best movies like 28 Days Later... (2002). (Read More)

Themes:courage, brutality, military, escape, suicide
Mood:gore
Locations:tunnel
Characters:soldier
Story:military officer, eye gouging, despair, survivor, dismemberment, severed arm, exploding body, no opening credits, army, survival, shot in the head, horse, food, blood splatter, shot to death, fire, explosion, father daughter relationship, violence, gun

Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Twelve Monkeys (1995)

An unknown and lethal virus has wiped out five billion people in 1996. Only 1% of the population has survived by the year 2035, and is forced to live underground. A convict (James Cole) reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to 1996 to gather information about the origin of the epidemic (who he's told was spread by a mysterious "Army of the Twelve Monkeys") and locate the virus before it mutates so that scientists can study it. Unfortunately Cole is mistakenly sent to 1990, six years earlier than expected, and is arrested and locked up in a mental institution, where he meets Dr. Kathryn Railly, a psychiatrist, and Jeffrey Goines, the insane son of a famous scientist and virus expert. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, paranoia
Locations:laboratory, hospital
Characters:nudity
Story:virus, post apocalypse, taxi driver, contamination suit, doomsday, plague, epidemic, group, disease, graffiti, attempted rape, beaten to death, army, shot in the back, scientist, taxi, bare butt, undressing, shot to death, dream

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There's Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. (Read More)

Themes:escape, apocalypse, insanity, paranoia, brutality, fear, betrayal
Locations:storm
Characters:hostage
Story:gasoline, post apocalypse, survival, landmine, fortress, disease, machete, exploding body, evil man, no opening credits, impalement, shot in the back, car crash, shot in the head, machine gun, car accident, blood splatter, corpse, fire, explosion

The Expendables (2010) is one of the best movies like 28 Days Later... (2002)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

The Expendables (2010)

Barney Ross leads the "Expendables", a band of highly skilled mercenaries including knife enthusiast Lee Christmas, martial arts expert Yin Yang, heavy weapons specialist Hale Caesar, demolitionist Toll Road and loose-cannon sniper Gunner Jensen. When the group is commissioned by the mysterious Mr. Church to assassinate the merciless dictator of a small South American island, Barney and Lee head to the remote locale to scout out their opposition. Once there, they meet with local rebel Sandra and discover the true nature of the conflict engulfing the city. When they escape the island and Sandra stays behind, Ross must choose to either walk away and save his own life - or attempt a suicidal rescue mission that might just save his soul. (Read More)

Themes:escape, betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:church
Characters:hostage, soldier
Story:person on fire, group, gasoline, machete, first part, exploding body, evil man, beaten to death, impalement, army, shot in the back, death of father, car crash, vomiting, shot in the head, machine gun, car accident, horse, blood splatter, shot to death

Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)
Action, Thriller

Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)

In the third movie of Rodriguez's "Mariachi" trilogy, a Mexican drug lord pretends to overthrow the Mexican government, and is connected to a corrupt CIA agent who at that time, demands retribution from his worst enemy to carry out the drug lord's uprising against the government.

Themes:military, escape, betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:church, hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:retribution, taxi driver, person on fire, car explosion, tanker, blood on camera lens, major, murder of a child, chain, eye gouging, shot in the stomach, fantasy sequence, army, shot in the back, taxi, vomiting, shot in the head, machine gun, car accident, blood splatter

The Road (2009)
Adventure, Drama

The Road (2009)

It's a post-apocalyptic world, several years after whatever the cataclysmic event, which has in turn caused frequent quakes as further potential hazards. The world is gray and getting quickly grayer as more and more things die off. A man and his pre-teen son, who was born after the apocalypse, are currently on the road, their plan to walk to the coast and head south where the man hopes there will be a more hospitable environment in which to live. The man has taught his son that they are the "good people" who have fire in their hearts, which in combination largely means that they will not resort to cannibalism to survive. The man owns a pistol with two bullets remaining, which he will use for murder/suicide of him and his son if he feels that that is a better fate for them than life in the alternative. Food and fuel are for what everyone is looking. The man has taught his son to be suspect of everyone that they may meet, these strangers who, out of desperation, may not only try to steal what they have managed to scavenge for their own survival, but may kill them as food. Although life with his father in this world is all the boy has known, he may come to his own thoughts as to what it means holistically to be one of the good or one of the bad. Meanwhile, the man occasionally has thoughts to happier times with his wife/the boy's mother before the apocalypse, as well as not as happy times with her after the apocalypse and the reason she is no longer with them. This is why The Road (2009) is one of the best movies like 28 Days Later... (2002). (Read More)

Themes:starvation, apocalypse, fear, suicide
Locations:tunnel, forest, church
Story:post apocalypse, person on fire, despair, gas station, survival, death of father, vomiting, bare butt, undressing, shot in the head, mirror, horse, food, corpse, dream, fire, explosion, bare chested male, death, murder

The Descent (2005)
Adventure, Horror, Thriller

The Descent (2005)

A woman goes on vacation with her friends after her husband and daughter encounter a tragic accident. One year later she goes hiking with her friends and they get trapped in the cave. With a lack of supply, they struggle to survive and they meet strange blood thirsty creatures.

Themes:brutality, escape, fear, betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:tunnel, forest, hospital
Story:group, british horror, blood on camera lens, eye gouging, survivor, first part, isolation, beaten to death, impalement, survival, car crash, vomiting, car accident, blood splatter, corpse, cult film, death, violence, blood, murder

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) is one of the best movies like 28 Days Later... (2002)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

It is 1942, America has entered World War II, and sickly but determined Steve Rogers is frustrated at being rejected yet again for military service. Everything changes when Dr. Erskine recruits him for the secret Project Rebirth. Proving his extraordinary courage, wits and conscience, Rogers undergoes the experiment and his weak body is suddenly enhanced into the maximum human potential. When Dr. Erskine is then immediately assassinated by an agent of Nazi Germany's secret HYDRA research department (headed by Johann Schmidt, a.k.a. the Red Skull), Rogers is left as a unique man who is initially misused as a propaganda mascot; however, when his comrades need him, Rogers goes on a successful adventure that truly makes him Captain America, and his war against Schmidt begins. (Read More)

Themes:military, courage, escape, betrayal, suicide
Locations:rooftop, forest, church, hospital
Characters:soldier, hostage
Story:military officer, army, taxi driver, scientist, big ben london, major, sergeant, first part, exploding body, evil man, beaten to death, no opening credits, shot in the back, car crash, taxi, london england, shot in the head, machine gun, car accident, blood splatter

The Revenant (2015)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Western

The Revenant (2015)

While exploring g uncharted wilderness in 1823, legendary fronjitiersman Hugh Glass sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home while avoiding natives on their own hunt. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald, the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him. (Read More)

Themes:courage, paranoia, brutality, escape, fear, betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:forest
Characters:hostage, nudity
Story:regaining consciousness, sneak attack, blood on camera lens, sexual assault, animal attack, rapist, widower, no opening credits, interracial relationship, survival, shot in the back, shot in the head, horse, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, fire, bare chested male, murder, blood

The Last King Of Scotland (2006)
Biography, Drama, History, Thriller

The Last King Of Scotland (2006)

In the early 1970s, Nicholas Garrigan, a young semi-idealistic Scottish doctor, comes to Uganda to assist in a rural hospital. Once there, he soon meets up with the new President, Idi Amin, who promises a golden age for the African nation. Garrigan hits it off immediately with the rabid Scotland fan, who soon offers him a senior position in the national health department and becomes one of Amin's closest advisers. However as the years pass, Garrigan cannot help but notice Amin's increasingly erratic behavior that grows beyond a legitimate fear of assassination into a murderous insanity that is driving Uganda into bloody ruin. Realizing his dire situation with the lunatic leader unwilling to let him go home, Garrigan must make some crucial decisions that could mean his death if the despot finds out. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, fear, betrayal
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage, soldier
Story:ruin, dismemberment, severed arm, baseball bat, interracial relationship, army, shot in the back, male pubic hair, bare butt, undressing, shot in the head, machine gun, car accident, food, shot to death, dream, explosion, bare chested male, violence, death

Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014)

Epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings is the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. This is why Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014) is one of the best movies like 28 Days Later... (2002). (Read More)

Themes:starvation, courage, paranoia, brutality, escape, fear
Locations:storm
Characters:soldier
Story:person on fire, plague, animal attack, rage, disease, riot, no opening credits, interracial relationship, impalement, army, survival, shot in the back, death of father, horse, food, shot to death, corpse, fire, explosion, father daughter relationship

The Nice Guys (2016) is one of the best movies like 28 Days Later... (2002)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Nice Guys (2016)

Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:courage, paranoia, brutality, escape, fear, betrayal, suicide
Locations:forest, hospital
Characters:hostage, nudity
Story:car explosion, child driving a car, single father, exploding body, baseball bat, beaten to death, fantasy sequence, widower, gas station, mansion, car crash, taxi, bare butt, shot in the head, machine gun, car accident, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, dream

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Horror

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

While celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, a couple are caravanning through the desert with their 3 children, son in law and their baby granddaughter. While the rest of the family agrees there are plenty of better and more appropriate things to do to celebrate an anniversary, they make do with what they have, but things take a turn after a sketchy gas station attendant informs them about a "short cut" that will take them in between a series of hills in the desert. It doesn't take too long before they realise they're not alone and the hills indeed do have eyes. (Read More)

Themes:brutality, suicide
Mood:gore
Story:person on fire, loss of parents, ghost town, rapist, rage, dismemberment, severed arm, first part, baseball bat, evil man, gas station, impalement, death of father, car crash, shot in the head, car accident, blood splatter, teenage boy, teenage girl, violence

The Cabin In The Woods (2012)
Horror

The Cabin In The Woods (2012)

Five teenagers head off for a weekend at a secluded cabin in the woods. They arrive to find they are quite isolated with no means of communicating with the outside world. When the cellar door flings itself open, they of course go down to investigate. They find an odd assortment of relics and curios, but when one of the women, Dana, reads from a book, she awakens a family of deadly zombie killers. However, there's far more going on than meets the eye. (Read More)

Themes:apocalypse, suicide
Mood:gore
Locations:tunnel, lake
Characters:zombie
Story:zombie child, person on fire, interracial kiss, end of the world, dismemberment, severed arm, exploding body, gas station, impalement, car crash, shot in the head, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, bare chested male, murder, blood

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

After young Katniss Everdeen agrees to be the symbol of rebellion, the Mockingjay, she tries to return Peeta to his normal state, tries to get to the Capitol, and tries to deal with the battles coming her way...but all for her main goal: assassinating President Snow and returning peace to the Districts of Panem. As her squad starts to get smaller and smaller, will she make it to the Capitol? Will she get revenge on Snow or will her target change? Will she be with her "Star-Crossed Lover," Peeta, or her long-time friend, Gale? Deaths, bombs, bow and arrows, a love triangle, hope... What will happen? (Read More)

Themes:courage, paranoia, brutality, military, escape, fear, betrayal
Locations:tunnel, forest, hospital
Characters:hostage, soldier
Story:post apocalypse, person on fire, bullet wound, eye gouging, animal attack, riot, exploding body, no opening credits, impalement, army, mansion, survival, scientist, shot in the head, machine gun, shot to death, corpse, fire, explosion, death

Natural Born Killers (1994) is one of the best movies like 28 Days Later... (2002)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. This is why Natural Born Killers (1994) is one of the best movies like 28 Days Later... (2002). (Read More)

Themes:insanity, paranoia, brutality, escape, fear
Mood:gore
Locations:forest
Characters:hostage
Story:blood on camera lens, gasoline, animal attack, riot, evil man, beaten to death, fantasy sequence, gas station, shot in the back, death of father, vomiting, london england, undressing, shot in the head, machine gun, horse, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, dream

X-men: Apocalypse (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

X-men: Apocalypse (2016)

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. (Read More)

Themes:apocalypse, courage, military, escape, fear, betrayal
Locations:laboratory, storm, forest
Characters:hostage, soldier
Story:doomsday, end of the world, product placement, beaten to death, no opening credits, impalement, mansion, survival, shot in the back, scientist, taxi, machine gun, blood splatter, corpse, teenage boy, fire, teenage girl, explosion, father daughter relationship, bare chested male

Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)

Alice awakens from a terrible sleep to find her worst fears realized--the bloodthirsty Undead, which she and the now-annihilated squad of elite military fought to destroy, have been unleashed on the city that surrounds the secret facility of the Umbrella Corporation. Discovering she was an Umbrella experiment, Alice has been bio-genetically enhanced with new strengths, senses and dexterity--and she will need them. In the heart of the ravaged Raccoon City, a small group of uninfected people, including Jill Valentine, a recently demoted member of Umbrella Corp's elite Special Tactics and Rescue Services team, and S.T.A.R.S team leader Carlos Oliveira, fight for their lives against swarms of Undead and the deadlier and faster Lickers. Running out of luck and resources, the group is rescued by Alice, and they begin to wage an exhilarating battle to survive and escape before the Umbrella Corporation erases its experiment from the face of the earth. Their only hope lies somewhere within Raccoon City--Dr Charles Ashford, one of the leading scientists for the Umbrella Corporation, will help Alice and the others escape the city safely--if they find his daughter. Angie Ashford became separated from her father and now hides in fear. Alice, Jill and Carlos will have to fight their way through an army of Undead to save her. All the while, a secret weapon code-named Nemesis has been experimentally altered with greater modifications than Alice and has been programmed to track and destroy them. They will need all their strengths and skills to fight the battle of their lives against the mindless evil that has infected the city and the powerful forces that unleashed it on mankind. (Read More)

Themes:escape, apocalypse, military, fear, betrayal, suicide
Mood:gore
Locations:rooftop, church, hospital
Characters:soldier, zombie, nudity
Story:zombie apocalypse, group, zombie child, outbreak, major, animal attack, virus, impalement, army, death of father, car crash, shot in the head, shot to death, fire, explosion, father daughter relationship, blood, murder, violence, gun

Hitman (2007)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hitman (2007)

A gun-for-hire "Hitman" is a genetically-engineered, elite assassin known only as Agent 47 hired by a group known only as 'The Organization' is ensnared in a political conspiracy, which finds him pursued by both Interpol and the Russian military as he treks across Eastern Europe. But even 47 couldn't anticipate a "random equation" in his life exactitude: the unexpected stirrings of his conscience and the unfamiliar emotions aroused in him by a mysterious Russian woman. (Read More)

Themes:brutality, military
Mood:gore
Locations:rooftop, church
Characters:nudity
Story:group, machete, severed arm, exploding body, shot in the back, london england, shot in the head, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, shower, explosion, violence, gun, death, blood, murder

The Mist (2007) is one of the best movies like 28 Days Later... (2002)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Mist (2007)

The Draytons - David, Steff and their son Billy - live in a small Maine town. One night a ferocious storm hits the area, damaging their house. The storm is accompanied by a strange mist. David and Billy and their neighbour Brent Norton go into town. There they discover that the mist contains some frightening creatures, creatures intent on killing humans. (Read More)

Themes:military, apocalypse, insanity, paranoia, escape, fear, suicide
Mood:gore
Locations:storm, lake
Characters:soldier
Story:group, supermarket, person on fire, murder of a child, thunderstorm, grocery store, army, survival, scientist, shot in the head, blood splatter, fire, cult film, blood, murder, death

Black Hawk Down (2001)
Drama, History, War

Black Hawk Down (2001)

Action/war drama based on the best-selling book detailing a near-disastrous mission in Somalia on October 3, 1993. On this date nearly 100 U.S. Army Rangers, commanded by Capt. Mike Steele, were dropped by helicopter deep into the capital city of Mogadishu to capture two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord. This led to a large and drawn-out firefight between the Army Ranges, US Special Forces, and hundreds of Somali gunmen; resulting in the destruction of two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters. The film focuses on the heroic efforts of various Rangers to get to the downed black hawks, centering on SSG Eversmann, leading the Ranger unit Chalk Four to the first black hawk crash site, Chief Warrant Officer Durant who was captured after being the only survivor of the second black hawk crash, as well as many others who were involved. This is why Black Hawk Down (2001) is one of the best movies like 28 Days Later... (2002). (Read More)

Themes:starvation, courage, military
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Story:blood on camera lens, sergeant, survivor, riot, dismemberment, exploding body, no opening credits, impalement, army, shot in the back, machine gun, car accident, food, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, explosion, violence, gun, blood

Serbuan Maut (2011)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Serbuan Maut (2011)

In Jakarta, Indonesia, Lieutenant Wahyu organizes the invasion of an apartment building that is the safe house of the powerful and cruel drug lord Tama and his gang. The SWAT team breaks in the building but one lookout sees and warns the gangsters and the police force is trapped on the seventh floor. They learn that Lt. Wahyu has not informed his superiors about the operation. Now the police officers have to fight with limited ammunition against the armed and dangerous gangsters. (Read More)

Themes:brutality, betrayal
Mood:gore
Story:safe house, apartment building, child knocked unconscious, blood on camera lens, sergeant, shot in the stomach, machete, first part, beaten to death, impalement, shot in the head, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, cult film, explosion, bare chested male, death, violence

Gangs Of New York (2002)
Crime, Drama

Gangs Of New York (2002)

Having seen his father killed in a major gang fight in New York, young Amsterdam Vallon is spirited away for his own safety. Some years later, he returns to the scene of his father's death, the notorious Five Points district in New York. It's 1863 and lower Manhattan is run by gangs, the most powerful of which is the Natives, headed by Bill "The Butcher" Cutting. He believes that America should belong to native-born Americans and opposes the waves of immigrants, mostly Irish, entering the city. It's also the time of the Civil War and forced conscription leads to the worst riots in US history. Amid the violence and corruption, young Vallon tries to establish himself in the area and also seek revenge over his father's death. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:tunnel
Story:person on fire, major, eye gouging, butcher, riot, loss of father, rat, evil man, no opening credits, impalement, army, shot in the back, shot in the head, mirror, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, fire, violence, death

District 9 (2009) is one of the best movies like 28 Days Later... (2002)
Sci-fi, Thriller

District 9 (2009)

In 1982, a massive star ship bearing a bedraggled alien population, nicknamed "The Prawns," appeared over Johannesburg, South Africa. Twenty-eight years later, the initial welcome by the human population has faded. The refugee camp where the aliens were located has deteriorated into a militarized ghetto called District 9, where they are confined and exploited in squalor. In 2010, the munitions corporation, Multi-National United, is contracted to forcibly evict the population with operative Wikus van der Merwe in charge. In this operation, Wikus is exposed to a strange alien chemical and must rely on the help of his only two new 'Prawn' friends. (Read More)

Themes:military, escape, fear, betrayal
Mood:allegory, gore
Locations:laboratory, hospital
Characters:soldier
Story:blood on camera lens, machete, riot, severed arm, exploding body, no opening credits, shot in the back, vomiting, shot in the head, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, cult film, explosion, bare chested male, number in title, violence, blood, murder

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

A couple are driving home when their car breaks down just as the Purge commences. Meanwhile, a police sergeant goes out into the streets to get revenge on the man who killed his son, and a mother and daughter run from their home after assailants destroy it. The five people meet up as they attempt to survive the night in Los Angeles. (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:person on fire, group, apartment building, sergeant, shot in the stomach, machete, no opening credits, army, mansion, survival, shot in the back, death of father, car crash, shot in the head, machine gun, blood splatter, shot to death, corpse, fire, explosion

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