Meg really wanted to see “The Crazies” when we saw the trailer last last year. Being a wuss myself and having a strong distaste for everything horror movie (unless it is an awful classic like original “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” or “Evil Dead”), I tried my hardest to fight off seeing it in theatres. Which wasn’t fair, I’ll admit it.
When I watched it with Meg recently as it has finally been released on DVD and Blu-ray, it turned out to be not that scary. Sure, it is still a horror film and there are zombie-like creatures that are being “infected” in the town, but it doesn’t come across as a typical zombie film.
Corpses are not reanimated, and the infected aren’t really fast and vicious. They are typical slow moving Romero zombies that come walking toward you to murder you. This is in stark contrast to another infection/virus like in 28 Days/Weeks Later where the zombies come running at you in packs. Of course Meg’s the zombie-ologist on the situation, but I usually prefer the fear that can be instilled much more easily by something barreling toward you wanting to feast on your flesh.
Long story short, the film ended up being pretty good but wasn’t excellent. The action scenes were few and far between and there was way too much talking for me to pay attention to. If I’m supposed to feel bad for these characters, that’s fine, but I don’t want a monologue about it - I want to see them get ripped to shreds. End of story.