15 Once-Great Movies the Pandemic Completely Fucking Ruined

15 Once-Great Movies the Pandemic Completely Fucking Ruined


A screenshot from Lost in Translation showing Scarlet Johansson holding an umbrella and walking through a crowded intersection in Japan

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There’s some new foolishness in the wind, you might not be surprised to learn, in the form of a, er, viral meme suggesting it was a vaccination program gone awry that created the “zombies” in the film I Am Legend. This is, apparently, a reason to be cautious of the real-life COVID vaccines.

A couple of problems here: the monsters were vampires, not zombies, and their origin story included nothing about a vaccination program—the vampirism was actually triggered by a [checks notes] virus. Also, perhaps more significantly: THE FILM IS FICTIONAL.

If even one person refuses a lifesaving vaccine solely because they can’t tell vampires from zombies from reality, that’s too many. More insidiously, the meme has been used to reinforce the idea that epidemiology as a whole is in some way suspect. Either way, it kind of puts a damper on the prospect of rewatching what should be a fun, if harrowing, sci-fi thriller.

I Am Legend isn’t the only movie that has taken on new shading in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Depending upon your mood, you might find that these speak perfectly to you and to our times. Or you might find that they now hit so uncomfortably close to home that you never want to watch them again.



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