This is for the 2015 (1st) edition of the list. For the 2016 (2nd) edition, go here.
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 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've seen the 2010 remake countless times but this is my first time seeing the George A. Romero original. The biggest difference right out of the gate is that there is two distinct stories being told in the original, one of the people in the town trying to survive and the other of the army and politicians trying to deal with the outbreak.
The remake also leans more towards being an action/horror film while Romero explores the different aspects of people going insane much more resulting in more varied scenes that are either disturbing, heartbreaking or just funny like a woman attempting to sweep during a gun fight in the middle of a field.
It's gritty and…
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…
Hoop-Tober 2.0: Film 12
Ahh... The Crazies. This is a film I saw many moons ago. So long ago I don't remember much about it. I also saw the remake from not so long ago. I remember that one pretty well. So watching the films of George A. Romero in the order that he made them is rather exciting. None more so than getting to see this one again (okay, the Living Dead sextet and Creepshow are more exciting).
So I awoke this fine Sunday morning and I had the house to myself. What better time to watch a horror film nice and loud with no distractions. I put it in the DVD player and I hit play once…
Maybe I'm the real Crazie, but I prefer this to any of Romero's Living Dead movies. I think it's better paced, better acted, better written, better edited, better scoped, with a better story and more compelling themes. I absolutely understand why Dawn of the Dead is a cult phenomenon and this isn't. It's definitely cheaper and doesn't have that pleasing comic book tone, but as a reaction to Kent State ("How can you tell who's infected?") and Vietnam (a well-intentioned small military operation snowballing into a panicked bloodbath), I find it totally potent and believable, and without the sluggish stretches that always hurt Night of and Dawn when I rewatch them.
Maybe the single greatest direct horror response to Vietnam? I haven't seen Deathdream yet. A
La vena critica e sociale del miglior Romero questa volta viene soffocata da una realizzazione non all'altezza: la messinscena è approssimativa e spesso lacunosa, tanto che il risultato finale è fiacco e al di sotto delle aspettative. La cosa migliore del film è sicuramente il finale, in cui il regista riesce ad andare a bersaglio col suo messaggio politico e provocatorio. Comunque sia non basta a risollevare la pellicola dalla semplice sufficienza di stima.
I was going to mark this down because I was bored of the long scenes of clueless military people talking.
Then the last half an hour happened. Very exciting.
The Crazies is a very interesting look at the nature of society at that time. I wish I could say things had changed a lot *sighs.*
I saw this at a pre-release screening in a small theatre in NYC's Upper Westside, hosted by Romero. I had a good time.
I really enjoyed this. Given the time and budget this was well done. Characters were likable and believable. Great pacing and dialogue. It's not going to win any awards but still s great solid movie.
It never ceases to amaze me what Romero can accomplish with a limited budget and a heaping dose of paranoia. Though mostly people arguing, there were some truly messed-up scenes along with an ever-tightening sense of claustrophobia that kept me interested.
Low-budget actioner about a chemical weapon that leeches into the water supply of a small Pennsylvania town, driving those exposed to it murderously insane. The military comes in to close off the town and find a cure, while various townspeople try and survive. More and more townspeople go insane, as the military lose control of the situation, hampered by their lack of technology and own bureaucracy. Directed by George Romero, this is one of his earlier post-”Night of the Living Dead” films from the beginning of the 1970’s. Not a horror movie, as much of his oeuvre is, this is more akin to “Outbreak” or even “Planet Terror”. With a budget of $250,000, you don’t get a lot in the…
Nem só de zumbis vive o grande mestre George A. Romero, que aqui nos traz uma obra cheia de críticas a sociedade no geral utilizando para isso um plot simples. E isso é o que torna esse filme muito bom! Um plot simples que é bem desenvolvido! Um clima de suspense com algumas sequências de ação. Não é o típico filme onde o terror tem uma causa sobrenatural. Aqui tudo é real, urbano, bem mais realista. O terror é, muitas vezes, mais psicológico. E como sempre levanta a questão de quem é realmente "o monstro" da história: Os infectados pelo vírus, o exército armado e caçando os cidadães ou a população em fúria e paranoia no meio de tudo isso?…
Has the nihilistic feel and intent without fully selling the content within. Still a solid blood and paranoia tale hot off the '60s slab.
The metaphor still works, but it's missing something. Still, it's easily recommended to any fan of Romero.
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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