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KFC Has Officially Joined in on ‘Morbius’ Memes

Meanwhile, Popeye's is ALL IN on Carnage.

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Now that Sony’s messy super-vampire movie Morbius is available on VOD, fans(?) are diving back into the wild world of Morbius memes. The film was a critical and commercial flop, garnering 17 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and grossing a measly $163 million worldwide. But now, the film is inexplicably charting on VOD and is currently the most popular movie on both Vudu and Apple TV. And it makes sense: when movies get dragged this hard, audiences are naturally curious to see the train-wreck for themselves. And a rental fee is easier to swallow than going to a theater and saying “one ticket for Morbius” out loud to a teenage employee who will surely mock you directly to your face. I jest, but this literally happened to me when I bought a ticket to see Halle Berry’s ‘Catwoman’ in theaters. No, I will not be taking questions at this time.

Unsurprisingly, Morbius hitting VOD means the revival of Morbius memes, which corporations now getting in on the joke. Kentucky Fried Chicken’s (KFC) Twitter account even delivered their own goof on the film:

Honestly, I would much rather watch a film where Colonel Sanders gains supernatural bat-related abilities than Jared Leto. And fellow Morbin’ enthusiasts were more than willing to jump on the bandwagon.

The VOD release of Morbius also coincides with Screen Junkies latest Honest Trailer, which savages this mess of a movie. And boy do they go to town on “Subway Jared” and the endless delays that besieged the film. I mean, ‘a doctor living with a serious challenge: being Jared Leto.” I may never stop laughing. But here’s the thing: is Morbius a bad movie? Undoubtedly. But it has given us some delightful memes and jokes. It also gave is “it’s morbin’ time”, which is a hell of a catchphrase. And honestly, what more could we want from Dr. Michael Morbius?

(image: Alyssa Shotwell/Sony)

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.