starring Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell, is one of the scariest, most exciting and expertly shot horror films in years and should make bank this weekend. It is a remake of George A. Romero’s 1973 cult favorite The Crazies,
about the military quarantining of the small town of Evans City, Pennsylvania after a biological weapon codenamed “Trixie” is accidentally released into the water supply and turns those who drink the virus into homicidal maniacs. The military—with their white bio-suits and gas masks—come across as faceless monsters who shoot residents trying to escape the quarantine zone on sight. The question becomes, who is crazier: the infected townspeople or the trigger-happy soldiers?
Romero’s The Crazies came out in the middle of the Vietnam War and, like most of his films, makes an obvious statement about questioning the actions of our military and government. The shoestring-budget flick came out a few years after Romero singlehandedly reinvented modern horror with Night of the Living Dead but didn’t even approach the success of that film. In fact, the film is so obscure that most people don’t even realize the new movie opening this weekend is a remake. Thankfully, Blue Underground has had The Crazies available on DVD for some time and just released it on Blu-ray this week. Now is the perfect time to get infected with this lost gem of contagious cinema.
Extras: Both versions contain commentary with Romero, “The Cult Film Legacy of Lynn Lowry,” vintage trailers/TV spots and more.