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as­sumes he’s drunk and tries to talk Rory down. He doesn’t suc­ceed.

Af­ter that, lo­cals be­gin trick­ling into the of­fice of the beau­ti­ful doc­tor (Radha Mitchell), com­plain­ing of fevers and be­ing tired and not feel­ing “right.” Germs seem to be spread­ing — and so is the news. Soon, we see Og­den Marsh from satel­lite, with the words: “Ini­ti­ate con­tain­ment pro­to­col.” Uh-oh.

Romero made his mark dur­ing the Viet­nam and post-Viet­nam era and, as he went along, his anti-mil­i­tary broad­sides be­came bolder and more pointed. He split his Cra­zies evenly be­tween the mil­i­tary con­tain­ment forces and the in­fect- ed towns­peo­ple. He­roes were in short sup­ply.

Eis­ner nar­rows the fo­cus to the farm folk, while hold­ing onto the idea of a fed­eral gov­ern­ment that will stop at noth­ing to cover its tracks. In­ter­pret that as you like.

What The Cra­zies re­ally taps into is our per­va­sive un­ease over dis­ease, that mo­ment when the per­son sit­ting next to you on the sub­way or air­plane or, yes, the movie the­atre sneezes or breaks into a cough­ing fit and you re­al­ize you’re un­armed. Never mind the pitch­fork. Just don’t leave the hand san­i­tizer at home. Three stars out of four.

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