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.
Poorly scripted, subpar acting, some special effects that left much to be desired! I found it hard to believe this was a George A. Romero film!
I about wet my pants from uncontrolled laughter during the scene where the priest lights himself on fire and it's a ridiculous looking dummy sitting motionless when in reality a human being would be flailing and writhing in pain!
I'm a huge Romero fan so placing this on my shit list was an incredibly painful thing to do!
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.
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…
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…
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,…
In between his zombie movies, George Romero directed other pictures like "The Crazies". It's about a biological experiment that gets out of control and releases a virus that contaminates a small town in Pennsylvania. People get mad and start to kill anyone.
It's not everyday that I can say that, but in this case the remake is better.
Nobody directs the end of the world like George Romero did in the 70s. In a Romero apocalypse, everyone shouts at each other, no one knows what's going on, blood sprays, heads explode, and life tips into outright surrealism. The world actually isn't ending in this movie, but it may as well be for a small town just outside of Pittsburgh where a biological military weapon that makes people go insane was accidentally let loose in the water supply. Now the whole place is under quarantine and overrun with soldiers in gas masks who round up everyone by force. It's a Vietnam-era/post-Kent State vision of the government and the military here. They're schemers and bunglers and they're happy to shoot…
The tranquil chirping of birds and the sound of a siren are mixed so closely together in volume that they become almost the same sound. Are angry people infected, or is their irrationality the only coping mechanism in a system of faceless violent oppression? Romero takes what could be a one-sided premise (following a bacterial outbreak the military attempts to quarantine a small town) and complicates it by refusing to deny any group a sense of humanity and agency. The military is full of desperate people trying to do their job as best they can in a terrifying situation beyond anything they ever expected, just as the people being quarantined are reacting similarly. No one side is a monster bent…
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.
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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I'm currently reading Stephen Thrower's 'Nightmare USA' and thought people might find the checklist interesting.