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"The army ain't anyone's friend, we know--we were in it!Read more ›
As expected, many classic Romero themes begin to formulate in this early film. The replacement of one society by another, with the "new" society simply expressing exaggerated characteristics of the "old". We see a bureaucratized, inefficient government that ends of doing far more harm than good. And of course we see the usual two-dimensional negative depiction of military characters. (This has always been a weakness in Romero's word - we know the government is bad, why underscore that point with a bad cliche).
Like almost all of his work, Romero filmed this in the Pittsburgh area largely with local talent. The acting is hit-and-miss...but Romero takes some interesting risks, especially in light of its age. In terms of directing, writing, and cinematography, Romero accomplished a great deal with very limited resources. There are some images you won't forget...an insane grandmother killing a soldier with knitting needles is more disturbing than it sounds, for example.
I run hot and cold towards Romero's films. He's had some excellent success, and some profound failures - but in general, there should be more filmakers like him. I'd much rather see something as risk-taking as "The Crazies" than normal Hollywood fare. The extras on this DVD are first-rate. We're treated to a director's commentary, an interview with a period actress, trailers, and some clips from other period works.
The film involves the unintended contamination of Evans City with an experimental bio-weapon named Trixie. Needless to say, the virus causes the victims to go insane, though this can mean a lot of things ranging from homicidal rage to suicide to sheer goofiness. The military is called in to keep things contained, but the situation is clearly out of hand. 'The Crazies' is particularly ambitious because it shows the tragedy from a variety of angles: We primarily identify with a lone group of towns people who just wanna get the hell out of there, but we also get to know the central military command of the operation, the leadership on the ground, the scientists who both created the virus and are trying to now find a sort of cure, all while seeing plenty of conflict between the ill-informed soldiers and the other towns people, both crazy and normal. The film is particularly interesting in that it has no real villains. The military people are not overwhelmingly scrupulous in their conduct, but they are rarely truly malevolent either. (And the head of the operation proves to be one of the most likable characters in the film.Read more ›
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Super...it's an old movie and I was so excited that I could still get a copy of it..Go AmazonPublished 19 days ago by Donna
this film nd its remake are nite nd day different . but hey . this is a George a romero film . but I fell this is the better 1 .Published 1 month ago by horror movie man
Complete loss of audio 46 minutes after the start of the movie, all the way to the end of the film.Published 5 months ago by Melissa J. Laforgia
Much better on 2nd viewing, many years after I ditched my VHS! Fascinating from start to finish; the remake I'd rate ****1/2! Both enthusiastically recommended!Published 11 months ago by P ski
Was not the original Romero classic like in the photo. It was the lame remake version. Lame.Published 12 months ago by Michael Gasser
Gave to friend that is fireman in town this movie was made in.Published 14 months ago by thomas kolesar
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