An epidemic of craziness. That’s what this movie’s about. When a biological weapon accidentally gets into the water supply of a small Pennsylvania hamlet, the U.S. government invades and quarantines the town. That’s when people really start going nuts. Director George Romero’s follow-up to his cult hit Night of the Living Dead, The Crazies displays much of the same distrust of authority found in Romero’s zombie films, and is a clear product of the era’s anti-government/anti-military feeling. And though it’s the townspeople who slowly fall victim to the epidemic, the white-suited, gas-masked military men are just as imposing as any movie virus.
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