Horror films yield surprising, if not unexpected, insights into the unfolding of the plague we are embroiled in. Death, isolation, fear and paranoia are essential elements of the genre, as perhaps in pandemics.

Three films give us quite different perspectives on the plague. The Seventh Seal, almost a horror film, is more an existential meditation; The Last Man on Earth depicts the horror of an unfolding plague, while The Shining is a psychological study of a family in lockdown...

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