The Dark Side of Mother Nature: Historical, Scientific, and Public-Health Perspectives (2002)


The Film Archives

Published on Oct 10, 2015

The Satan Bug (1965), at “Station Three” — a top-secret US bioweapons lab in the Southern California desert — the protagonist investigates the murder of the security chief and disappearance of the director and head scientist; two lethal bioweapons — a strain of “botulinus” and a recently developed virus (the “Satan Bug”) which could wipe out the earth’s population in months — are missing.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), in this James Bond film, women are being brainwashed by the villain to disseminate bio-warfare agents throughout the world.

The Omega Man (1971), a science fiction film starring Charleston Heston; in 1975, BW between China and Russia kills most of the world’s population. The protagonist, a U.S. Army scientist/physician, renders himself immune with an experimental vaccine. (In the source novel, I Am Legend (1954) by Richard Matheson, the plague is coincident with a great war, but it is not clear that it originated with BW.)

The Andromeda Strain (1971), although the microbial threat in this science fiction film is a natural one returning to earth with a satellite, the scientific response team comes across germ warfare simulations, strongly indicating that the responsible US government projects were designed to actively search for harmful bio-agents for use in BW.

The Crazies (1973), a US Army plane carrying an untested bio-weapon (a virus code-named “Trixie”) crashes near a small Pennsylvania town contaminating the water; infected victims either die or become violently homicidal; heavily armed U.S. troops in NBC suits and gas masks, soon arrive.

Virus (1980), in this Japanese movie, a deadly virus (“MM88”) has been created accidentally by an American geneticist; it amplifies the potency of any other virus or bacterium it comes into contact with; in 1982, MM88 has been stolen from a lab in the US and a team of Americans vie with a shady East German scientist to recover it, but fail and a pandemic, initially known as the “Italian Flu”, is the result.

Men Behind the Sun (1988), a Hong Kong–Chinese historical war horror film graphically depicting war atrocities at Unit 731, a secret Japanese BW facility, during World War II; details the various cruel medical experiments inflicted upon Chinese and Soviet POWs.
12 Monkeys (1995) Philosophy of a Knife (2008), a Russian-American horror film covering the Japanese Army’s Unit 731, mixing archival footage, interviews, and extremely graphic reenactments of the vile experiments performed there during WWII.

Dasavatharam (2008), an Indian Tamil science fiction disaster film about an virus outbreak from laboratory.

The Crazies (2010), the water in a small Iowa town becomes contaminated with “Trixie” — a “Rhabdoviridae prototype” bio-weapon — after a military cargo plane en route to an incinerator in Texas crashes; infected victims become cold, calculating, depraved, and bloodthirsty killers.

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