Masters of Terror 2020: Brian Yuzna's Filmography

This book contains the synopses and reviews of the darkest films in Brian Yuzna’s filmography. The listings are ranked from best to worst.

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
Dialogue
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
My Movie Reviews

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My Nightmare Diary

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Frankenstein Reviewed: 2020 Edition

Horror critic Steve Hutchison analyzes 39 Frankenstein movies. How many have you seen? Each article includes a synopsis, five different ratings, and a review.

Dracula Reviewed: 2020 Edition

Horror critic Steve Hutchison analyzes 34 Dracula movies. How many have you seen? Each article includes a synopsis, five different ratings, and a review.

Godzilla Reviewed: 2020 Edition

Horror critic Steve Hutchison analyzes the 36 first Godzilla movies. How many have you seen? Each article includes a synopsis, five different ratings, and a review.