View Full Version : Any one here seen The Crazies?
02-19-2004, 02:33 PM
I want all opinions good and bad. Im thinking about picking this up.
02-19-2004, 02:40 PM
I like it. Its especiaaly interesting if your a Dawn of the Dead fan as you can see the genesis of some of the themes there. Overall its a well done film that paves the way for waht was ahead....that said it is no Martin, or dead film, or Creepshow but it is still enjoyable.
02-19-2004, 02:43 PM
I would say give it a rental before buying. It's definitely not for everyones tastes.
I'm assuming you've already read this:
02-19-2004, 03:26 PM
If you are a pretty big Romero fan, then I'd say go ahead and buy it. The commentary is pretty cool with Romero and Lustig. They go into some of the technical aspects of cheap movie making. Here is a cheap copy of the Crazies on DVD here on eBay.
02-19-2004, 03:45 PM
I rented it on DVD awhile back. Looks kinda dated now, but it's a decent low budget film from Romero. I like Andromeda Strain much more personally.
02-19-2004, 05:48 PM
Yeah it is decent, but underwhelming when you consider it in context with Romero's holy zombie trinity or MARTIN. The DVD is solid though, with a great little retrospective of Lynn Lowry. It is very light on gore and more a look at human relations in a time of possible annihilation. It has some really good moments, but the movie never really builds up to anything...it all seems kind of anti-climactic. Worth checking out though, at least.
02-19-2004, 06:32 PM
well I haven't seen Martin either how is that
02-19-2004, 06:36 PM
MARTIN is a great film, one of the best American horror films of the 70s, and that is saying a lot. It is slow moving, but the way Romero makes you feel for the Martin character is so well done. It deconstructs the vampire film, and places it in a modern setting. So Martin thinks he is a vampire, but he is really just an outsider unable to communicate with the rest of the world, much like Dracula has been depicted in other films. Aside from the DEAD trilogy, MARTIN is Romero's only other great film in my opinion. I'd definitely seek out MARTIN before THE CRAZIES if I were you.
02-19-2004, 06:55 PM
The Crazies is a great little film.
02-19-2004, 06:57 PM
MARTIN is simply a masterpiece.
02-19-2004, 07:11 PM
Yeah theres no comparison--the Crazies is for Romero completists--Martin is essential viewing!
02-20-2004, 01:37 AM
the crazies was awful... i gave it a 4/10 on imdb... i kinda wish i'd never seen it since i'm a big fan of romero's work... it blew my image of him as a solid filmmaker... i'd highly advise you not to buy it... try renting it from netflix first if you want to give it a shot
02-20-2004, 02:11 AM
I just watched my dvd last night. The Blue Underground dvd is very good quality with interesting supplements and I am glad I got it. However, the movie, while interesting, was kind of underwhelming. I think I was expecting more gore and less chatting, but what can you do? I may give it another spin soon, to see if going in without expectations of massive amounts of gore would enable me to enjoy it more.
02-20-2004, 10:30 AM
Its not Romero's best but I'll take Romero's worst over most of the other crap thats out there.
02-20-2004, 03:18 PM
I saw the crazies a few months ago and I liked it. I agree that it may not be for everyone, but the DVD is not very expensive. I always suggest picking it up if you can find a good deal. It's not worth renting to me if the rental price is half the purchase price.
02-21-2004, 02:13 AM
I recently (about 2 weeks ago) watched the BLUE UNDERGROUND DVD release. I've seen the film countless times (but it has been a while) and I have to say that not only does the DVD look steller but that the movie still holds up very well.
The only thing I didn't like was the horrid cheesy song over the end credits. Great ending though to the movie despite that song.
If you ask me OUTBREAK totally ripped this movie off.
Sure OUTBREAK has a chimp spreading a disease but they even mention in THE CRAZIES briefly that scenerio!
Gotta love it :)
Considering the time the film was made ... it's a masterpiece.
- John "FulciLives" Coleman
02-21-2004, 02:32 AM
I think The Crazies is an excellent film with some great social commentary, some of the best Romero has done. While not as great as Martin or the Dead trilogy, it is the only other film Romero has done that I would call excellent, though Season of the Witch comes close. Love the DVD.
02-21-2004, 03:44 AM
I had my doubts about Romero, a lot of people say he doesn't really have what it takes, but I've yet to see any film of his that I did not enjoy. And yes, I have seen Bruiser.
The Crazies is a very Romero film, I think if you really are a fan of Romero and not Tom Savini's FX then you'll enjoy the movie.
One of my other horror buddies really likes it too, before I saw it just about everytime we'd meet he'd ask, "Have you seen The Crazies yet? You gotta watch it."
I kind of liked the music at the end though, I don't know if it's intentional but it seems to undermine what happens in the rest of the film which I think shows just how powerful the film was if the song bugs you. Like Dr. Strangelove or The Evil Dead.
Martin's in my Top 5 greatest movies of all time, and not just of horror.
02-21-2004, 05:59 AM
I thought The Crazies were on par with the Dead trilogy of his in that they were making serious points to societies downfalls. A nice movie with a great release from BU. I recommend it.
06-18-2004, 08:24 AM
I bought the dvd after reading a review. The movie is very good, and the effects aren't that bad. There are a few parts like the priest on fire scene that are pretty fake looking, but NOTLD had worse and it's a classic.
06-18-2004, 09:48 AM
i loved the movie. i still do need to see martin but i cant find it anywhere to rent or buy so i might just order it from somewhere...
06-18-2004, 10:52 AM
I've never seen this nor Martin.
I've heard Crazies compared to 28 Days Later.
I guess rentals it is.
06-18-2004, 07:19 PM
Don't get me wrong, I love George Romero films and this is one of his better movies but I was expecting more of A Night of the Living Dead type movie. There was not enough blood and guts for me. I like the political overtones of the movie (as there always are in a Romero movie) but I didn't feel as if the movie lived up to it's title. There wasn't enough craziness. With that said however, I do own it and would not get rid of it.
06-18-2004, 08:16 PM
i think the crazies is still a cool romero film i rank it as his best movie besides the dead trilogy
06-18-2004, 10:09 PM
There was one thing that I thought was weird though... the back of the dvd case has a quote from a review- "Almost unlimited blood and gore... an onslaught or horror upon horror!". Now, this movie didn't have that much gore, so what was the reviewer thinking? Maybe it was a review at the time the movie came out, then the gore was more intenese than your average horror? But why put it on the case and give viewers the wrong impression?
06-18-2004, 11:30 PM
Fans (or not) of the original will have a chance to see the remake sometime next year:
Title: The Crazies
Log line: Citizens of a small Pennsylvania town are plagued by death and insanity after a plane crash lets loose a secret biological weapon into the water supply.
Writer: Scott Kosar
Agent: Spencer Baumgarten of Endeavor
Buyer: Paramount Pictures
More: Remake of George Romeroís film. Penn Stationís Michael Aguilar and Dean Georgaris will produce. George Romero will executive produce. Project set up in May 2004.
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