Monday, September 13, 2010
The Crazies(Code Name: Trixie) (1973)
When a government plane laden with biological weapons crashes in a small Pennsylvania town in this George Romero film, its deadly cargo seeps into the water supply -- and anyone who drinks the water becomes stark, raving mad. David (Will McMillan), a firefighter, and his wife, Judy (Lane Carroll), are two of a very few left unscathed. To save themselves, they and a few others attempt to escape … but for some of them, it may be too late.
I'm really starting to wonder if Romero might be one of the most over-rated horror directors out there. Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead were masterpieces. But I'm also starting to believe it may be a case of lightning striking twice in the same place. I'm not saying this was a bad movie, but it certainly wasn't a classic as is claimed by many. It's above average B horror. The scenes in the detention centers where all the crazies were housed, were just plain silly. Seems like the poison turned everyone into spaced out flower children. There wasnt anything violent or dangerous about them. The acting and dialogue were mediocre at best. Some of the characters were total contradictions of themselves. Behaving one way at first and then behaving in a totally differant way then next, and not because they were infected. Way to uneven and inconstant to be enjoyable. Enjoyed the remake much more.
I am usually not in favor of remakes but it seems to have improved this movie. I may be jaded as I did see the remake first. The story just seems to flow better in the remake. The editing in this one is rough at times.The acting is awful in this but I am sure it is also due to budget as the remake got a larger one as well. Still you have to give credit where credit is due and Romero is the originator.