Action / Horror / Sci-Fi
Action / Horror / Sci-Fi
A biological weapon gone awry is only the start of problems in the little town of Evan's City, Pennsylvania. Bouts of insanity in the populace are leading to murder and rioting, until the US Army turns up - and things really start going to hell.
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A terrific low budget paranoid thriller!
Just in case some stubborn people are still questioning George A.
Romero's talent after his 1968 milestone "Night of the Living Dead", we
hereby present "The Crazies"! Once again a film stuffed with subtle
criticism on society and pitch black humor. "The Crazies" immediately
demands your full attention with a powerful pre-credits opening
sequence and the high-excitement level is upheld throughout the entire
movie. The little Pennsylvanian town of Evans City is overcome with a
secret, but very lethal, government virus leaving the infected either
dead or incurably insane. "Trixie" initially was developed as a
chemical weapon, so not one of the scientists or army officers know how
to put a stop to it when innocent people are exposed to it. The simple
plot and cheap elaboration are excellently camouflaged by Romero's
sharp eye for detail. Right from the start, he builds up a tense
atmosphere of truly realistic mass hysteria that confuses even you
the viewer in not knowing which characters are infected and which
aren't. They could all simply be trigger-happy Pennsylvanian
hillbillies for all we know! Although this film never really becomes
"disturbing", there are quite a few scenes that shock and that feel
strangely real. You could also state "The Crazies" was quite ahead of
its time because chemical warfare is much more in the picture now than
it was 30 years ago, when this film got shot. Romero's premise is
simple but efficient: the malfunctioning and greed of the human race is
much scarier than any fictional horror monster could ever be. Best
example is the military men who become eerie and threatening in their
icky white suits.
A very fine film by Romero
After the success of his classic Night of the Living Dead (1968),
horror master George Romero followed up with this low-budget thriller.
Airplane crashes outside of a small Pennsylvania town and unleashes a
bio chemical substance that turns the locals into murderous psychotics.
The government steps in, but only makes things worse... far worse.
George Romero's films have long been known for their violence,
disturbing nature, and social commentary and this early film is no
exception. The Crazies has exciting action wrapped all in a
thought-provoking and unsettlingly believable story. There's plenty of
moments of gore and a number of scenes that are quite horrific (burning
preacher anyone?). Romero's direction is nicely done, providing tense
atmosphere and using the rural locations of Pennyslvania well.
Cast-wise some of the performances of this film seem a bit forced, but
the performers do manage to hold it together. Harold Wayne Jones, Will
MacMillian, and Lloyd Hollar are the best stand-outs.
While The Crazies is often forgotten among the horror films of the
70's, it's a good film from a great director. A must for Romero fans.
*** out of ****
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The Cinema of George A. Romero.
The Crazies (1973) was a film by horror film maker George A. Romero. A
military biological weapons is accidentally released in a small town.
Evans City, PA. is the unlucky recipient to a very deadly virus that
has fouled the nearby water supply. The virus is highly contagious and
it causes madness and insanity in it's victims. The government tries to
contain the after effects by imposing martial law around the town and
quarantining the citizens of Evans City, affected or not. A few of the
citizens rebel against the soldiers and try to flee the occupied zones.
Can this small party escape the wrath of the government and it's
soldier of fortunes or will they become victims of the bio-plague?
George A. Romero has once again created a unique movie utilizing a
small budget and a large cast of mostly volunteers. The camera work and
editing is what makes this movie work. The acting is not that bad and
the writing is very inventive and creative. Many look upon this movie
as a trial run for his more successful zombie sequel Dawn of the Dead,
others have called this a mere reworking of Night of the Living Dead. I
have to say that this is a very entertaining movie that works despite
the boundaries of it's limited budget. A social commentary that still
rings true today.
Highly recommended for George A. Romero fans.