Until the advent of home video, this excellent George Romero effort went virtually unseen by the public because of its rotten theatrical distribution and total failure at the box office.
Reminiscent of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, the story centers on an Army cargo plane carrying an untested chemical warfare virus that crashes near the small town of Evans City, Pennsylvania. Since the virus--which causes its victims either to die instantly or to become homicidal maniacs--is top-secret and has no cure, the government dispatches the Army to isolate the spread of the virus by quarantining the entire town. Without warning, soldiers dressed in white, bacteria-proof suits and gas masks, armed with automatic weapons, invade Evans City and scare the inhabitants by herding them into the local high school. A group of people not yet affected by the virus attempt to escape from the military and get out of town, while scientists work around the clock to find a cure.
Even more relevant no than it was in 1973, THE CRAZIES is a nightmarish expose of government omnipotence and paranoia. Romero paints a bleak picture of a bureaucracy that has nothing but contempt for the lives of private citizens, zealously harbors secrets, and gives unbelievable power to a basically incompetent military. The chaos of the situation is brilliantly conveyed by Romero, who keeps his characters--and the audience--off kilter through the entire movie. Paranoia runs rampant--who can separate the crazies from the normals when the whole world seems to have gone mad? One of Romero's most underrated efforts, THE CRAZIES is highly recommended.
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- Released: 1973
- Rating: NR
- Review: Until the advent of home video, this excellent George Romero effort went virtually unseen by the public because of its rotten theatrical distribution and total failure at the box office. Reminiscent of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, the story centers on an A… (more)