The Crazies

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Night of the Living Dead suggested that Romero was an unusual if none too clearly defined talent; two non-horror movies later, The Crazies proved it. The main plot premise echoes The Andromeda Strain: an accident with a virus creates a terrifying civil emergency, and incidentally reveals that the US government is working towards germ warfare. Romero, however, is more interested in effect than cause. First, he brilliantly updates the riddle Don Siegel posed in Invasion of the Body Snatchers: how can one tell who is infected and who isn't? The virus drives its victims mad before killing them, but what is the line between 'normal' hysteria and actual insanity? Second, and equally brilliantly, he demonstrates the difficulty in imposing martial law on a community of gun-owners, thereby creating a highly feasible vision of social collapse. Good dialogue and performances, too. Altogether, enough plusses to excuse weak plotting and occasional lapses into cliché.

Release details

Duration: 103 mins

Cast and crew

Director: George A Romero
Screenwriter: George A Romero
Cast: Lane Carroll
WG McMillan
Harold Wayne Jones
Lloyd Hollar
Richard Liberty
Lynn Lowry

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amy webb

id of found this film terrific if it hadnt been for my expolisve diarrhoea. which meant i spent most of the time in the toilet. haha. must of been them dodgy nachos..

zack osborne

i found this film a terrific view. even tho it didnt have the likes of my favourite actors tom cruise and russel crow and john travolta"oh my god" but appart from that A***. with a little xxx factor

zack osborne

i found this film a terrific view. even tho it didnt have the likes of my favourite actors tom cruise and russel crow and john travolta"oh my god" but appart from that A***. with a little xxx factor