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.
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 arrived in 1973, five years after George Romero’s auspicious debut (Night of the Living Dead) and five years before his masterpiece (Dawn of the Dead). As a low-budget doomsday thriller, it lands directly between those two films as well, making great use of what he learned from Night’s confined space (paranoia, a winking cynicism, and subtle but devastating irony) while sketching out in long form what he would later condense into Dawn’s apocalyptic first act (the failure of institutional crisis management).
In terms of overall quality, The Crazies is definitely the least of the three films, but the one area it succeeds above the other two is in its use of dialogue. Romero has little faith in humanity’s…
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.
50 Film October Horror Challenge #4
A few good sequences. It was Night of the Living Dead again really, with crazies instead of zombies. Not a particularly engaging film for me, I'm afraid.
Feels pretty low budget and constrained. Knightriders made me want to go and watch the Romeros I haven't seen. The Crazies put a little bit of a damper on that impulse.
"The Crazies" (1973) suffers somewhat from a limited budget, but George A. Romero made a really smart, gripping, dark and eerie satire of government ineptitude. The film is about a biochemical warfare virus that infects the water supply of a small town and turning the locals insane. However, the bigger threat here are the soldiers dressed in creepy, white, bacteria-proof suits and gas masks, as well as the government officials bickering among themselves; they can't control the outbreak and are killing uninfected people. Who are actually 'the crazies' here? The infected townspeople or the military? The Crazies is "a Thinking Man's exploitation film" as one review put it, and one of Romero's best films...
Lacked the tension that I had expected.
- 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.
- Ten Violent Women
- 13 Ghosts
- A Bucket of Blood
- All Night Long
- Assault on Precinct 13
A complete list of movies that have aired as part of TCM Underground since 2006.