Cast and Crew: Lynn Lowry
What It’s About: After a virus that causes people to go mad, then die, is accidentally released after a plane crashes near a small Pennsylvania town, the U.S. Army imposes a quarantine. Can the military contain the outbreak, or find a cure, before it’s too late? Will anyone trapped inside survive?
Why Watch it Today?: The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention was signed today in 1972. One of several horror films whose boogeyman was a biological weapon released at this time, George A. Romero’s The Crazies distinguishes itself with a well written story which gives us sympathetic characters in all three camps-the military, the town, and the scientists-while remaining chilling on an extremely low-budget. Particularly effective is how Romero avoids turning the “infected” into killing machines, mutants or zombies; at many times its hard to tell who is acting crazy due to the situation and who is exhibiting the effect of the virus.
Where to Get It:Netflix (rental only)
Other Choices: The Omega Man features an apocalypse created by biological weapon.