The virus has its own slasher movie, and Hollywood is the victim

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The virus has its own slasher movie, and Hollywood is the victim

Cinemas are shut and the film release schedule is in ruins. If the industry does survive, what form will it take?

Robbie Collin

Readers of a squeamish disposition should click away now. The following article sets out, in blood-curdling detail, Hollywood’s impending Texas Chainsaw moment.

I say impending. In fact, it’s already begun. The car-ful of innocents has pulled up outside the dilapidated homestead and, even now, one is shouting through the unlocked front door to see if anyone’s around. Of course, what the audience knows with mounting agony is that these poor schmucks’ chance of safe escape has long passed.

The existential threat isn’t a family of misshapen cannibals, but the Covid-19 pathogen, or rather its wildfire spread, which could bring about the end of the industry as we know it...

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