Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Musical Films

Included in this book are 40 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent musical films.

Musicals are a genre in which songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative, sometimes accompanied by dancing.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

The Crazies

The military attempts to contain a virus that causes death and insanity.

 

United States
1973
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Government: 
Army
Catastrophes: 
Apocalypse
Biohazard
Extinction
Fire
Fluids: 
Water
Infected: 
Contagious
Irradiated
Diseased
5.04
It gets in your head.
5.04
4
6
5.04
2
3
2
Dialog
Plot
Pace
The man who popularized zombies is now giving us their distant cousins; people infected with rage, to keep it simple. George A. Romero is pretty much living up to our expectations. In the case of The Crazies, he sets is action at a time when the virus is already widely spread. A lot of this film is a militaristic procedural that will split the audience. Basically, citizens are under martial law.
The central characters are two firefighters and a nurse. Both firefighters have served in the military. This puts them in a privileged position. They are both victims of the military and of the infected, but they have the background required to deal with both threats. Again, the deal breaker, here, is that this is a story of men versus to the government, not the infected.
Romero is a good storyteller. When he lacks the ability to craft suspense, he usually compensates with a good set of characters. The budget helps. It’s too bad so many actors are men. Not only does he scare away people who like more human experiences, he pushes away the female audience. Romero's work is an acquired taste and The Crazies is not for everyone.
Alternate Titles: 
Code Name: Trixie
The Mad People
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