The Crazies (1973)

George A. Romero directs Lane Carroll, Will McMillan and Lynn Lowry in this indie infection thriller where the US army quarantine a small town that are turning deadly from a new virus.

Made on a shoestring but ambitious, this probably needs half a dozen more moments where the townsfolk go creepily nutso. What does work really well is the second half – we follow a ramshackle band of survivors as they try to break for the border… not always sure who is cracking under the exhausting pressure and who is actually infected. With a bigger budget this might be the best evolution of the trad zombie movie. As it stands, the slick Timothy Olyphant remake actually improves on the potent concept. The Crazies is the kinda movie that plays out better in your memories than when you are actually sitting through it.


Perfect Double Bill: The Crazies (2010)

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