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“What unit are you with? Why are you here? Why are you doing this to us?” That’s stuff you’d want to know if the military showed up to take over your town, right? Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they take some time off from today’s world of crazies to visit the world of George A. Romero’s The Crazies (1973).
Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 130 – The Crazies (1973)
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The military attempts to contain a manmade combat virus that causes death and permanent insanity in those infected, as it overtakes a small Pennsylvania town.IMDb
- Director: George A. Romero
- Writers: George A. Romero; based on a script by Paul McCollough
- Selected Cast:
- Lane Carroll as Judy
- Will McMillan as David
- Harold Wayne Jones as Clank
- Lloyd Hollar as Colonel Peckem
- Lynn Lowry as Kathy
- Richard Liberty as Artie
- Richard France as Dr. Watts
- Harry Spillman as Major Ryder
- Will Disney as Dr. Brookmyre
- Edith Bell as Lab Technician
- Bill Thunhurst as Brubaker
- Bill Hinzman as Man in Infirmary & Crazie shooting at the doctor’s office
Though not one of Romero’s best films, The Crazies has plenty to offer. Back in the day, Chad thought it was a strange movie for Romero to make but does like some of the ideas presented and finds it interesting. Bill loves the scene with the knitting lady and thinks of The Crazies as a stopgap between Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Dawn of the Dead. For Jeff, The Crazies is one of those movies that has a lot more to offer on the second and third viewings. This is the first watch for Doc and he thinks that with all the messages and opinions within The Crazies, it must be watched with an eye on when it was made.
So, yeah, it has its faults, but your Decades of Horror 1970s Grue-Crew say, “Hey! It’s Romero! The Crazies is required viewing!” At the time of this writing, The Crazies is available to stream on The Criterion Channel and Amazon Prime and as physical media on a Blu-ray disc from Arrow Video.
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror two-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In two weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be the classic 1972 CBS TV-movie Gargoyles, starring Cornell Wilde, Jennifer Salt, and Bernie Casey, featuring special effects work by Stan Winston in his first credit.
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