Finally saw this flick a couple of years after having seen the remake,and yes, it is very flawed---Romero could have gotten way better actors in some cases, but the actors playing the main characters (particularly the main military guys in the town in charge of the operation, and the arrogant scientist,who was actually funny as heck) did the best acting in the film, so I was surprised to see that none of them,according to IMDB, did more than a handful of films after that. The actors who played David and his friend were actually pretty good. I didn't understand why none of the women were using any guns to protect themselves along with the men, especially living in a rural area---that just seemed strange to me.
And frankly, I didn't find any of the male actors ugly---I thought the main ones I mentioned were good-looking in a real life way, not in some pretty boy Hollywood way---none of them were anywhere near what I'd call straight-up ugly at all. Plus THE CRAZIES was an indie production, not from Hollywood, so of course the people in looked more real. (I'm a woman,BTW.) I mean, c'mon this was a sci-fi disaster movie---they didn't need a cast full of pretty people with perfect hair to tell what the hell was going on. The two lead actresses were also pretty in a refreshing non-Hollywood way, too. Overall, the film was pretty good for what it was---not surprised that it was remade, since the subject matter was ripe for one,anyway.
I agree that we are 'zombified' as to what people should look like. That characters all gotta be glamorous or else something is not worth seeing.
Glam movies are fun but, I wouldn't trash a film because it's not filled with pinups.
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