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This review is from: Crazies [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I think I speak for most readers when I say that ONE review saying you hate Romero flicks is quite enough... your not a Romero fan if you like only NOTLD! That's almost lamer than saying your a Black Sabbath fan because you only like their most radio friendly tune, Paranoid! Mmmmkay? Someone really has too much time on their hands! ;P
Now being a REAL Romero fan, let me point out why this movie deserves some notice! Frankly, to my knowledge, it's the first of it's kind. Before The China Syndrome, before Outbreak, and predating even The Stand in it's novel format.... This is the first flick to really delve into a biological weapon gone awry type theme
I'll spare the plot-line... Other reviewers have already laid it out quite nicely! My two cents.... I found the Crazies to be great flick for the budget and time period! It looks dated because it's almost thirty years old! You'll be saying "Holy 70's!" from the first scene! It's low budget, and therefore as most low budgets go, no big name or top notch actors. But in typical Romero style for the 70's, he makes his budget look as though it was much higher and he get's probably the best that he can from his no name actors. If your looking for a gore-fest however? Wrong movie! No exquisite zombie gnawings here! There's blood! Just not over the wall Savini effects!
If you do fancy yourself a Romero fan for anything other than just his zombies? Namely the sense of having been properly disturbed by the time the final credits roll... Do give it a shot! I think you'll be pleased if you can appreciate what the man does with what he has to work with! If your a fan of biological accident flicks? I think you may be equally pleased to see where so many other flicks and novels in the genre obviously took their inspiration!
I'll close in saying that when I first discovered The Crazies, I was merely a fan of his zombie flicks... After viewing it I got something rather different than what I was expecting, but I consider the title to be one of the prime gems in my movie collection... Even after so many years!
And for a bit of trivia... Two of the actors in this flick would come back in his sequel dead flicks. I'll let y'all figure that out for fun!
Now how about a DVD version? My VHS version is getting worn out!