Celebrating the life and work of horror maestro George A. Romero (1940 - 2017), SUFF is proud to present the Australian premiere of his restored cult classic The Crazies. Set in the small suburban town of Evans City outside of Pittsburgh (a signature locale in almost all of Romero's films), his unnerving effort charts the aftermath of an accidental release of a military biological weapon that transforms normal citizens into violent homicidal maniacs. Bouts of insanity quickly lead to murder and rioting, until the US army turns up – and things really start going to hell. Ambiguous to the end, The Crazies is a vastly under-appreciated work in Romero’s oeuvre — a brilliant allegory that doesn't distinguish between the madness induced by infection, and the mass hysteria caused by martial law and the military's shoot-to-kill measures. As in so many of the horror maestro’s movies, the most alarming aspect is the fine line between sanctioned and deviant behavior, and between us and them, themes still as pertinent today as ever before.
The Crazies | Dir. George A. Romero | Horror | 103mins | USA | 1973 | Australian Premiere (Restoration)
“The Crazies is a tense, visceral, politically aware cult classic.”