The Crazies
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The Crazies is a low-budget sci-fi/horror thriller directed by George Romero, who is best known for Night of the Living Dead. It is shot in basically the same location in western Pennsylvania. When a truck shipment of biological warfare viruses crashes outside a small town, the whole town is placed under military quarantine. There are two problems, however: first, the inhabitants of the town are fully armed and none too passive about the quarantine; second, the virus, before killing its victims, inevitably makes them mad; but the line between the madness induced by the virus and the ordinary… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

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"It may be a second-tier Romero film, but hell, it's still a Romero film."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"While George Romero would come to redefine horror once again with his brilliant Dawn of the Dead, this interesting action thriller illustrates the talent it took to be such a consistent genre visionary."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"Edited at a sprint, the movie is often shocking, occasionally gory, and never boring."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"The movies Romero produced during his heyday were as ferocious, uncompromising and provocative as those of Peckinpah, Altman and Scorsese..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"It's tough for a dyed-in-the-wool George Romero apologist to observe that a film of Romero's in good repute is an amateurish, exploitative piece of shit"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Even with no ghouls, Romero exposes a nightmare"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Thought-provoking horror film about the effects of a biochemical disaster."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An uncommonly interminable piece of work..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Though it sounds like it ought to have more in the way of exploitation and gore, Romero shoots it straight, hoping his social commentary will carry it. It works superbly."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Outbreak movie that devolves into yet another zombie knockoff."
‑ Widgett Walls,
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