Fans of “Doom” movies handle the pandemic easily

For those of you who whiled away hours on the sofa watching society crumble in the face of marauding zombies, deadly aliens and infectious diseases – it’s time to reap the rewards.

Psychologists have found evidence that fans of apocalyptic movies – where global order is upturned – may be more resilient and better prepared to deal with the coronavirus pandemic than the rest of us…

The bleak scenarios thrown up by films such as Contagion, from panic buying and isolation to fear of others and fake claims of miracle cures, appeared to help viewers take the outbreak in their stride and work out how best to handle the crisis…

Horror movie fans appeared less distressed by the crisis than most, but those who favoured “prepper movies” – where society collapses – ranked as more resilient and better prepared, both mentally and practically.

“Klaatu barada nikto”…or another favorite, “Mein Führer, I can walk!” These films produce great one-liners.

3 thoughts on “Fans of “Doom” movies handle the pandemic easily

  1. Spoilsport says:

    ‘World War Z’ Author: COVID-19 Response Shows U.S. Has Lost The ‘Gut Terror’ Of Germs : Max Brooks argued in a Comic-Con panel that the threat of a global outbreak is no mere sci-fi concept.
    “…Brooks quoted a 1981 Eddie Murphy skit in arguing that all the scientific knowledge in the world isn’t “worth a warm bucket of hamster vomit” if it isn’t succinctly communicated to the average American. That person is unlikely to have cracked open a book such as 1994′s “The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance,” which Brooks held up as an illustration.”

    Eddie Murphey, “A Message to Young White Viewers’, Saturday Night Live [Season 7, 1981] (none of the references cited in the above re: ‘the communication of scientific knowledge’ are included in Murphy’s sketch)

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