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One of the best horror films you've never seen...,
This review is from: The Crazies  [DVD] (DVD)
...until the remake is released when everyone and his dog will claim they've known about the original for years.
Ignoring that for the moment, The Crazies is an unpleasant, vicious horror from the 70s in which George Romero moves away from the zombies (although not too far) to create a story of Smalltown, USA turning insanely violent in the wake of a military accident. And the film is definitely unpleasant which is its greatest strength. I'm not talking gore, I'm talking a sense of violence, threat and events rapidly getting out of control which makes The Crazies a horror film in the truest sense of the word. I'm willing to bet the remake will be a glossy, exciting thriller but it won't be a horror film.
Doubtless some viewers will be put off by the low budget and occasional overacting in the original (nearly everyone shouts their dialogue) as well as the almost relentlessly grim tone, but that's their loss. The Crazies is an extremely effective shocker that does what a horror film should.