a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
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 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
i was disappointed. i enjoyed the remake and wanted to watch the original. i thought it was very boring though. it picked up a little by the end but i still didn't like it.
"You, what do you own the world?
How do you own disorder, disorder,
Now, somewhere between the sacred silence,
Sacred silence and sleep,
Somewhere, between the sacred silence and sleep,
Disorder, disorder, disorder." (SYSTEM OF A DOWN, Toxicity)
Why did that army man need that poor family's fishing poles?
I think the remake was a whole lot better too.
It's heavily flawed movie, and poorly edited, but it's actually a very ambitious and an intriguing plot. That doesn't mean it's good, but it's...interesting.
The parallel story lines, wherein the heroes of each are essentially the villains for the other, is a really cool idea that unfortunately doesn't really go anywhere.
I wish this had been a better movie altogether, which is why I'm actually now MORE disappointed with it's 2010 remake than I was previously. The remake is more or less the same plot with the entirety of the military/scientist plot excised, so the heroes are just on the run from malevolent gas-masked killers rather than exhausted government officials desperately trying to contain the situation. The remake is still probably a better movie, but I kind of wish they'd have tried something similar to the original. There's some good stuff there, if it was done well.
Is it possible to make a pandemic horror film interesting by putting the pandemic itself in the background? Whether by budget limitations or Romero feeling really ambitious, The Crazies manages to find some good talking points about the response to an outbreak by focusing on the infrastructure set up to deal with it, and the various failings in place that reveals itself to be a bit of a team effort, but not before fingers start pointing at each other, followed by gunfire. While it does have the plot that you would expect, that being a small group of people trying to survive the infected, the military and ultimately themselves (hey, it's Romero), there's just as much attention paid to the…
I saw the remake when it came out in 2010. I'd have to go back and rewatch it, but, from what I remember, it's a lot better than Romero's original.
I know it's a low-budget movie, but I never bought that the town was under attack. It's pretty campy.
While flawed, I found The Crazies to be ambitious and unique. Compared to Romero's zombie films, The Crazies uses minimal effects to create it's thrills. It's also lighter in tone, not as much as a horror film as a thriller. It has social commentary but doesn't feel heavy handed.
The whole thing is quite chaotic which fits the story. I found some plot lines pointless and laughable, I didn't mind the missteps as much. Romero does a lot with a little.
This one is a real weak point for Romero. His trademark commentary is there, front and center, but it's a bit on the nose, even by Romero's standards. The film also comes across and technically inferior to most of his other work. Romero tends to be a bit rough around the edges, but this film's pacing, poor production design, lackluster cinematography, and lack of many gore effects, leaves the audience hungry for something else. Ultimately, this movie is for completists only.
I love a film that rips out of the gates, and this one never lets up that energy. Couple that with its local cast and pointedly period-specific details and you have a tremendously strange and alluring film.
It's also one of the few films that manages to inject its title into the viewer's experience.
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
I'm currently reading Stephen Thrower's 'Nightmare USA' and thought people might find the checklist interesting.