The Crazies Review
This deliciously downbeat film
from horror maestro George A
Romero imagines the possible
outcome of an accidental
germ warfare outbreak in America.
The chemical weapon is codenamed
Trixie and has the unpleasant effect
of either killing its victims instantly or
rendering them violently insane. And
yes, there is no known cure. When
Trixie is accidentally unleashed on the
small rural town of Pennsylvania, the
army quickly moves in to cover it up
and put things to rights. With the town
full of trigger-happy soldiers prowling
the streets, infected maniacs looking
for their next kill and a small group of
survivors desperate to leave, is anyone
expecting a happy ending?
One of Romero's forgotten movies,
The Crazies is a wonderful thriller that
avoids the gore of his better known
movies, and channels its energy into
ramping up the paranoia in a story
that will delight conspiracy theorists.
Infused with the same documentary
realism Romero brought to his earlier
films, this is a hugely effective offering
that should go down extremely well
with fans on DVD.