When it comes to horror films if you want to achieve the level of classic you better make the film with some balls. After watching this disappointingly bad “classic” it is clear that The Crazies seriously needed to grow a pair and did not deserve to be called a classic because it fails on almost every level.
The plot centers around a town that has become plagued by something that has turned people insane. Understood it so far? Neither have I. The story or some semblance there of is told so incoherently and terribly that not only is it unenjoyable, but makes the audience spend most of the time trying to figure out what is going on. You know for a film titled The Crazies it has barely any focus on the actual Crazies and spends a majority of the time on the main characters running away from the military and having shoddy gun fights. That’s pretty weak.
I can’t say anything about the gun fights and effects. They just suck. The various gunfights are embarrassing because half the time you don’t see the guns actually firing, you just hear the sound effects. If they were really unable to have any gun effects why did they even have them using guns? They’re awfully drawn out too as if the writers were going out of their way to stretch the audience’s patience so that when the shooting is over it feels like it has gone on longer than really has. All I can say about the blood effects is that they look like ketchup or red paint.
As for the acting I can’t say anything good about it. The characters were so bland and under developed that I couldn’t even keep track of their names which is dumb. You know I don’t think the skills of the actors really matter because they all did really lame jobs which is probably the reason behind why their characters where so stupid and blank. You know a character is partially defined by the acting abilities of the characters actor. So there isn’t really much to say when it comes to characters like the ones in this film because they have no definable personalities. However there was one character who’s death made me feel a bit sad, but looking back I don’t feel anything. Why? Because I don’t think any sort of heroic sacrifice will make someone like a character more when they are as bland as they are stupid.
Okay, so how does this film hold up? It doesn’t. Is it classic material? No. Should it be given a watch? NO! The Crazies has no redeeming factor and should be avoided as long as possible. It’s hard to believe George A. Romero directed this. Why? Because this isn’t of the standard that you would expect from a director of his caliber.