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The Age of the Virus has demanded a unique sacrifice of all us, one that is fitting for our reduced age. Our grandfathers and great-grandfathers stormed the beaches of Normandy and fought in the jungles of Iwo Jima. They and their parents endured the Great Depression (we may be facing a similar struggle). They sacrificed in blood, sweat, and toil.
All The Virus demands of us—the great sacrifice we all must make, of which we will tell our grandchildren, when they ask about the plague—is that we stay at home and watch movies.
It’s amusing. Commentators will often quip that Americans today couldn’t make the sacrifices of the so-called “Greatest Generation.” God surely has a sense of humor, for the sacrifices we’re asked to make are ones in which Americans are well-trained: sit around, eat junk food, don’t visit other people, and veg out in front of the tube.
To that end, I’ve been engaged in my civic duty this week, as I’ve watched nine films. Four are from the Boris Karloff & Bela Lugosi 4-Movie Horror Collection, which I will write about in more detail another time (it’s only $10, and I highly recommend picking it up for The Black Cat alone—and the other films on it are good, too).
But the focus of this SubscribeStar Saturday will be another collection of B-horror flicks: the Hammer Films Collection. No, it’s not the Ultimate Hammer Collection, which I thought I didn’t know existed, but it turns out it’s on my Amazon wish list!). But it does have five excellent, macabre films (I also didn’t realize that my Hammer Films Collection is merely the first volume; Volume II is now on my Amazon wish list for future purchase).
So, prepare yourself for my review of The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll, Stop Me Before I Kill!, Scream of Fear!, The Gorgon, and The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb.
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