Lest we make the mistake of underestimating George A. Romero’s influence in the realm of contemporary horror cinema, now might be a good time to take pause and reconsider. Director Breck Eisner’s remake of Romero’s unrelentingly grim 1973 horror thriller isn’t just a rousing exercise in pulse-quickening tension, but an exciting reminder that the man responsible for Night of the Living Dead
gave us much more than the iconic, shambling flesh-eaters that lunge at us onscreen and lurk in our nightmares. In some ways, the loony, murderous psychopaths of the original Crazies
foreshadow the demonic ragers of Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later
and the sequel th...