21 May 2024
The Crazies (1973)
104 min.
Directed by George Romero.
With Lane Carroll, Will McMillan, Harold Wayne Jones, Lloyd Hollar, Lynn Lowry, Richard Liberty, Richard France, Harry Spillman.
A biovirus breaks out and runs amok in the small rural town of Evans City, turning the inhabitants into permanent delusional loonies.

But all hell really breaks loose after the military is brought in to contain the area, as the locals wage war against the authorities and a ragtag group of rebels eye a chance for freedom through the chaotic cracks.

This 1973 horror from George Romero is too heavy handed in its anti-military premise and focuses too heavily on action at the expense of good characterization. It's a worthwhile effort nudged between the director's Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Dawn of the Dead (1978), but it's not transcendental.

Also known as Code Name: Trixie.

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