Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
All hell is about to break loose.
Citizens of a small town are infected by a biological weapon that causes its victims to become violently insane. As uninfected citizens struggle to survive, the military readies its own response.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Although I rarely use this term, underrated is an apt description for The Crazies. It’s no Dawn of the Dead, even though both utilize a brand of “what would you do?” fantasy that Dawn succeeds in by leaps and bounds. The Crazies, though it lacks the roller coaster of emotions, namely fun, that Dawn possessed, is still a terrifying and agoraphobic ride that pits us into extremely uncomfortable situations, again making us question, “what would we have done?”.
This is precisely what I felt when we’re bearing witness to disparate war quickly breaking out as a Kafkaesque bureaucracy-laden process, led by branches of authority that contain military personnel, attempts to quarantine a town. At certain times, when the narrative shifts…
I met Lynn Lowry last night at the theatre I work at, so I felt like popping this old favorite of mine in.
She plays Kathy, a spacy teenage girl who is one of five civilians attempting to elude gas-masked Army men quarantining the small town of Evans City, Pa., after a contagious bacteriological weapon (which causes those infected to go incurably insane) accidentally makes its way into the water supply. It isn't the lead role, but it is memorable (as is her role in David Cronenberg's SHIVERS), so it was pretty cool to meet her.
The 2010 remake of THE CRAZIES wasn't bad, but it can't compare to George Romero's original, one of my favorite contagion thrillers. Obviously made…
This is how you do fast-editing: overwhelming but lucid, a montage of faces locked in horror, rage, fear, bewilderment. Romero's rough but composed style ducks the potential Body Snatchers paranoia of seeing who is infected as opposed to those who simply erupt against government forces in favor of overwhelming but carefully ordered brute strength. Well, ordered on Romero's part, as one of the most fun aspects of THE CRAZIES is how over their heads and sloppy the government is even as they descend upon a time with shocking speed. It's a giant clusterfuck of a scene, all the more compelling for being so.
The clunky cutting back-and-forth between the two groups severely undercuts any of the film’s tension but also simultaneously gives the film a sort of pseudo-documentary quality. This is bolstered by the sense of rawness which the film possesses in spades; the same rawness which made Night of the Living Dead so such a grim ordeal.
The Crazies is not Romero's best outing (that'd be Dawn of the Dead, his best non-zombie movie being Martin), but it's decent enough. Sadly, a lot of Romero's weaknesses as a filmmaker, these particularly qualities mainly being prevalent in his early days (bad acting, way-too-red blood, occasionally self-indulgent and heavy-handed social commentary) come to light here, and his screenplay and direction isn't enough to save this sinking ship, as it is in other movies of his where these problems are present (like the aforementioned Martin). The Crazies is, despite the dangerous situation at hand, boring, and I found my mind wandering at multiple points, so a lot of scenes I missed and/or didn't have the same impact on me. However,…
Máscaras, cuarentena y militar
The plot might be thin and the actors don't react realistically to anything happening in the movie, but hell, Romero's "The Crazies" is a visual feast. Just watch the first hour and you'll be struck by how dynamic the look of this movie is. It's raw, rough, and frenetic: a piece of low-budget genius.
Smart and timely social horror marred by inconsistent editing and poor sound design. But it does have what I love most about Romero, social commentary, some great direction, independently made, great villains, raiding homes like the Ghetto Holocaust scene in Dawn, and plenty of people just arguing about the situation to each other.
A man made virus causes insanity and death. The military tries to control it. Lots of talking with sprinkles of action. This movie was all over the place and a little boring.
Director George Romero yet again proves he knows how to utilize and justify a budget, no matter how small. Incidental music liberally springs up in the most appropriate areas to enhance emotions, or juxtapose violence while a strong allegorical tale is woven throughout heinous acts to be unraveled by the viewer.
It has some good action and a lot of the themes that George A. Romero perfected early on in his career, but with its manic editing, lack of vivid characters, and feeling surprisingly lengthy, this film falls surprisingly flat.
A really interesting concept but the original film does not hold up well, especially compared to the much superior recent remake.
By the end of the Crazies I wanted to cry....from boredom! UGH! Ok so don't hate me cause I know George Romero is awesome and can make awesome movies. I mean this is from the Godfather of zombie movies and you think I would enjoy a film about a virus turning people crazy! But it's boring. I can't believe I actually enjoyed the remake better.
The problem with the original Crazies is that they have no budget to tell the story. A medical experiment in germ warfare goes wrong and ends up in a small town Pennsylvania water supply which can kill you but turns you crazy first. Crazy as in extremely irrational and violent. So you would expect a…
Romero's true masterpiece.
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
- Alabama's Ghost
- The Alchemist
- Alien Dead
- The Alien Factor
- Alien Zone
I'm currently reading Stephen Thrower's 'Nightmare USA' and thought people might find the checklist interesting.
- Salem's Lot
- 100 Feet
Horror movies I've seen. List copied from my IMDB account. It will keep expanding.
In no particular order.