|The Crazies (1979)|
|Director:||George A. Romero|
|Writers:||Paul McCollough and George A. Romero|
|Starring:||Lane Carroll, Will MacMillan, Harold Wayne Jones, and Lynn Lowry|
There is no doubt in my mind that The Crazies is George A. Romero’s honest followup to Night of the Living Dead. Although the script was not an original creation from Romero, the genesis for the film certainly took influence from Romero’s classic zombie title. Unlike the Dead films, this feature doesn’t focus on the audience’s natural fear of death, but instead focuses on the thin balance between sanity and the abnormal. Romero’s focus is also very different in terms of his narrative eye. Instead of showcasing the plight of the survivors alone, his film becomes much more procedural by also focusing on the authorities who do their best to assume some kind of control over this illogical situation. This focus on central authority, which was perhaps not a favorite subject for Romero, actually turns out to be one of the more interesting angles that the director has ever focused on. In his focus on a government operation trying to retain some semblance of sanity, Romero finds a new way of exploring older ideas, and the movie comes across as slightly more interesting than anything Romero made post-Dawn of the Dead. A strong comment, but I will stand by it.