The Crazies (1973)
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as Sgt. Tragesser
as Col. Peckem
as Deputy Shade
as Dr. Watts
as Woman Lab Technician
as Maj. Ryder
as Dr. Brookmyre
as Gen. Bowden
Critic Reviews for The Crazies
There's a lot of meat in this double plot, and a lot of reflection on the techniques of cinema itself.
Putting the "gory" in "allegory", Romero's film shows the madness of the Vietnam war in all its viral contagion.
It may be a second-tier Romero film, but hell, it's still a Romero film.
It's tough for a dyed-in-the-wool George Romero apologist to observe that a film of Romero's in good repute is an amateurish, exploitative piece of shit
Audience Reviews for The Crazies
A small American town is quarantined by the military to prevent the spread of an extremely virulent contagion that induces madness and death. Made in between Romero's Night and Dawn Of The Dead films, The Crazies is almost like a stepping stone that provides an insight into what might have happened when the zombie plague started to spread. Unfortunately zombies are a damn sight more interesting than people going a bit batshit and as a result, this very low budget B-movie struggles to make any impact at all. It bounces between behind the scenes of the put upon military and its scientists trying to find a cure, and a group of mildly annoying civilians trying to escape the quarantine zone which amounts to the film being 50% men in uniform shouting at each other and 50% people running around in the woods shooting guns. And that's it. There are none of the clever analogies or subtexts (or plot for that matter) you find in the Dead series and it soon becomes extremely tiresome. It's clearly an influential film, the opening scenes obviously inspiring those of the Dawn Of The Dead remake and the "fast zombie" format of modern horror was clearly born here but there's just not enough to it to warrant an hour and three quarters of your time. The fact is, it's just plain boring.
First of all, Romero reuses the plot of Night of the Living Dead, but sets it outside instead. I don't know what the point of this movie is supposed to be, why didn't he just make another zombie movie? And why did they remake this?
I think I watch Romero movies just so I can give them 1 star.
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