• MysticSpoonAttack

    Watched by MysticSpoonAttack 26 Aug, 2015 7

    If there's one thing this movie taught me, it's that anyone can be George Romero. No, really, anyone; just hire some bad, no-name actors, edit the film yourself so it comes across as a sloppily and hastily put together mess, recycle the exact same music over and over again, have some semblance of heavy-handed social commentary so your film comes across as a "smarter" horror flick, don't put any effort in your cinematography or pacing, and...you're done! Congratulations, you made…

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  • Alexander V

    ★★★½ Watched by Alexander V 25 Aug, 2015

    The third film George A Romero directed but also had a little role written for himself as the mayor of Evans. Made in the 1970's when America was losing the war in Vietnam because it was mainly fighting itself and due to sheer incompetence. Both elements are key in The Crazies when the military releases accidentally a military biological weapon upon the inhabitants of Evans, a small American town.

    The effects of the toxin are that either you die or…

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  • Charlie G

    ★★★ Watched by Charlie G 21 Aug, 2015

    Pretty much the watered down version of NOTLD that you assume it is, I would honestly add this to the slim pile of modern horror films that was improved upon by a modern remake.

    Two things though that I think are really handled well here: first is how the army is portrayed as mostly a big bag of bumblefucks. But not like regular movie bumblefucks, the ones who might let James Bond sneak into their army base or i dunno,…

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  • Not Ben Sachs

    Added by Not Ben Sachs

    Less than two weeks after Facets' midnight screening of DAWN OF THE DEAD, Doc Films revives one of George Romero's lesser-known works, THE CRAZIES. Along with JACK'S WIFE (1972), the film marked a great step forward for Romero as a social commentator; only a few years later with MARTIN (1977) and DAWN (1978) would he find a perfect balance between genre-film excitement and satirical observation. A small Pennsylvania town becomes the victim of a mysterious gas that turns people into…

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  • Dead Moon Night

    ★★★ Rewatched by Dead Moon Night 17 Jul, 2015

    In a small town in Pennsylvania a virus is accidentally released by the military that turns the residents into crazies.

    George A. Romero's low budget paranoia thriller The Crazies is too often never mentioned when the director's name comes up. It a simple but effective story and even though it's not one of Romero's best it's still a good one with a couple of great scenes - the knitting lady sequence is brilliant!

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  • Vietcong

    ★★★½ Watched by Vietcong 07 Jul, 2015

    The Crazies builds a wonderful atmosphere full of mystery and tension. I constantly wanted to find out more about how and why the operation was being run. I was much more interested in the military side of things than the lead townspeople. They hardly did anything for me. I don't know, Romero creates an exciting world and unfortunately his story isn't good enough to live in it. The cinematography and editing create a really confusing, cacophonous mood that works well…

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  • Collin

    ★★½ Watched by Collin 28 Jun, 2015

    I found the story very interesting, but that's one of the only things I liked about The Crazies. I think the low budget helped the movie. It helped make the movie feel authentic. The editing was choppy and all around bad, which hindered the directing. The acting was okay, nothing bad enough to hurt the movie. I just didn't find myself caring for the characters. Like I said before, the plot was very intriguing and original. I did want to…

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  • Gustaf Ottosson

    ★★ Watched by Gustaf Ottosson 28 Jun, 2015

    Part of Redemption Films

    Redemptions VHS release of Romeros "The Crazies" promises that the film relies on a lot of gore. What is a lot or not is of course subjective, but not many horror fans - particularly those who love Romero because of titles such as Dawn of the Dead or Day of the Dead - would agree with the author of the description. In fact it is one of the less gory horror movies I've seen.

    That in…

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  • Chad Anderson

    ★★★½ Watched by Chad Anderson 21 Apr, 2015 2

    I saw and enjoyed the remake in the theater but I had no idea. This movie, admittedly weak in production value, is amazing. The zombie-like theme is way ahead of its time, the politics are spot-on, and the critique of bureaucratic response to crisis is so great that I wish I had a version with Korean subtitles to show in class. This is a fantastic film!

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  • Tyler Henry

    ★★½ Added by Tyler Henry

    The remake is better....in my opinion of course.

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  • William Kretschmer

    ★★★½ Watched by William Kretschmer 21 Dec, 1979

    The military attempts to contain a man-made combat virus that causes death and permanent insanity in those infected, as it overtakes a small Pennsylvania town.
    Superior and intense, a low-budget zombie shocker with a distinct political message.

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  • Goremaster

    ★★ Added by Goremaster

    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.

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