The Crazies (1973)- Rating, Synopsis, Review

The Crazies

The Crazies is a 1973 English language Science fiction Horror movie directed by George A. Romero. A. C. Croft produced this movie under Cambist Films Productions. When we consider the Casting of this movie, the lead roles are played by Lane Carroll, Will MacMillan, while the supporting cast includes Harold Wayne Jones, Lloyd Hollar. Coming to the Important Crew: Music is composed by Bruce Roberts, while Paul McCollough has provided the screenplay.

  • Release Date:  1973
  • Genre:  Virus
  • Cast and Crew: Lane Carroll, Will MacMillan, Harold Wayne Jones, Llyod Hollar, Richard Liberty, Lynn Lowry, Richard France, Harry Spillman, Will Disney, Edith Bell, Bill Thunhurst, Leland Starnes, A. C. McDonald, Robert J. McCully, Robert Karlowsky.
  • Director:  George A. Romero
  • Screenwriter:  George A. Romero, Paul McCollough

The Crazies (1973) Rating:

  • Dylan = 7 / 10;
  • Raoul = 6 / 10;
  • IMDb = 6.1 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 6.5 / 10

The Crazies (1973) Synopsis:

In a small town in Pennsylvania, the army will try their best to contain a loose virus that drives the inhabitants crazy.

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The Crazies (1973) Review:

The Crazies is one of Romero’s first horror film (after Night of the Living Dead and the lesser known Season of the Witch).


The film is a mix between a classic virus film (e.g. Outbreak or Contagion) and a classic zombie film in the pure Romero style (Night, Dawn and Day of the Dead). Surprisingly, the film focuses more on the army and its strategy to block the outbreak rather than on the victims themselves (like any zombie film would otherwise do). This gives an interesting aspect to the story. The feeling of mass panic is realistic and the movie really success at creating a chaotic atmosphere.

On the least bright side, I found the political moments to be really lengthy, and I was longing for the horror moments a little too often. The Crazies, shot with cheap special effects and a low budget, has grown terribly old and is sometimes a bit hard to watch (in my opinion at least). Horror fans will want to try it nevertheless, just because it is Romero.