Movie review : The Crazies

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[No Spoilers ] The Crazies is a good solid zombie flick but certainly not the best of the genre. There isn’t a lot of action to speak of so this doesn’t compare to something like Resident Evil. And I don’t recall a single funny scene, so it’s nothing like Shaun of the Dead. What this movie does have over most other zombie flicks is good solid realism. I didn’t just say that, did I? 🙂

Seriously, what would happen if a small Midwestern town suddenly came down with zombiecitis? I’d say this is a pretty good depiction of what to expect.

They play around with the zombie mythology a bit in this film to make it seem more realistic. You’ll see what I mean. And there is a cause for how and why this disease has hit this town. But the movie doesn’t waste time on tracking down causes or secret government conspiracies. All of those details are dispensed with in about 5 minutes of screen time. Maybe less.

What did you think about The Crazies? Share your thoughts about the movie in the comments below.

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  1. Swells
    Swells says:

    Um…The Crazies isn’t a zombie movie, so your review makes no sense. The sick people in The Crazies A)are not dead, B)do not attempt to eat anyone at any point, and C)do not spread their disease by biting people. The sick are sick because they drank infected water. For you to compare it to zombie movies really just doesn’t work. As a big fan of the zombie genre, I can say that this movie is much more enjoyable if you take it for what it is, not what you thought it was going to be.

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  2. mgwynn
    mgwynn says:

    you are absolutely correct, jill!

    there’s not a better quick description of the crazies… zombie-esque would provide a perfect word picture for a prospective movie fan.

    “uncontrollable, mostly mute, primitive and extremely aggressive, with a stiffened gait” from wikipedia’s zombie listing.

    “One book to expose western culture to the concept of the zombie was The Magic Island by W.B. Seabrook in 1929. Island is the sensationalized account of a narrator in Haiti who encounters voodoo cults and their resurrected thralls. Time Magazine claimed that the book “introduced ‘zombi’ into U.S. speech”.

    In 1932, Victor Halperin directed White Zombie, a horror film starring Bela Lugosi. This film, capitalizing on the same voodoo zombie themes as Seabrook’s book of three years prior, is often regarded as the first legitimate zombie film ever made.[7] Here zombies are depicted as mindless, unthinking henchmen under the spell of an evil magician. Zombies, often still using this voodoo-inspired rationale, were initially uncommon in cinema, but their appearances continued sporadically through the 1930s to the 1960s,[8] with notable films including I Walked With a Zombie (1943) and the infamous Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959). (again, from wikipedia)

    so… to sum up, the brain-eating and the disease-spreading zombie lore came much later, introduced by horror b-movies. jill was safely suggesting that if you like the zombie genre, you will like this movie!

    and i did! however, my wife walked out and went shopping in the mall. sigh.

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  3. cazzmitch
    cazzmitch says:

    we went to see this because of the brilliant trailer, what a huge disappointment it turned out to be!!!. I just hate it when the same old stuff about goverment conspiracy etc etc gets churned out, it ruins a perfectly promising film. I give this 2.5 out of 5

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