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The Crazies (2010)

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  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 26 February 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 101 min
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  • IMDb page: The Crazies (2010)
  • Rate: 6.6/10 total 46,362 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 26 February 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 101 min
  • Filming Location: Cordele, Georgia, USA
  • Budget: $20,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $39,103,378(USA)(16 May 2010)
  • Director: Breck Eisner
  • Stars: Radha Mitchell, Timothy Olyphant and Danielle Panabaker
  • Original Music By: Mark Isham   
  • Soundtrack: We'll Meet Again
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Sheriff | Iowa | Deputy | Army | Biological Weapon

Writing Credits By:

  • Scott Kosar (screenplay) and
  • Ray Wright (screenplay)
  • George A. Romero (1973 motion picture "The Crazies")

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Continuity: The sheriff shuts off the water to the town including drinking water and the water used for crops, but the water in the car wash still works.

    Plot: About the inhabitants of a small Iowa town suddenly plagued by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply. Full summary »  »

    Story: As a toxin begins to turn the residents of Ogden Marsh, Iowa into violent psychopaths, sheriff David Dutton tries to make sense of the situation while he, his wife, and two other unaffected townspeople band together in a fight for survival.Written by IMDb Editors  

    Synopsis

    Synopsis: In the town of Ogden Marsh, Iowa, David (Timothy Olyphant), the local sheriff enjoys a baseball game. His deputy, Russell (Joe Anderson), spots Rory Hamill (Mike Hickman), a local resident, entering the outfield holding a shotgun. David is forced to shoot and kill the unresponsive Rory. David and his wife Judy (Radha Mitchell), the community doctor, begin to notice other town residents exhibiting bizarre behavior. The next night, a local farmer burns his house down with his wife and son trapped inside, killing them.

    While investigating the discovery of a pilot’s body in a swamp, David and Russell discover a cargo plane submerged under the water. Communication services are lost, and that evening soldiers wearing hazard materal suits arrive to take all residents to quarantine at the high school. Everyone is examined for symptoms of infection. Judy does not pass the examination and is separated from David. She explains her fever is due to pregnancy, but is sedated anyway. She wakes strapped to a gurney as the perimeter of the facility is breached by the infected. The military personnel evacuate, leaving Judy and others behind. David is nearing evacuation, but escapes and rejoins Russell. They rescue Judy and her medical assistant, Becca (Daniele Panabaker) from an infected citizen whom is killing those in the infirmery.

    David, Judy, Russell, and Becca make their way out of town on foot, unable to find a working vehicle. They encounter Becca’s boyfriend, Scotty McGregor (Justin Miles), when they pass through his farm. Soldiers raid the farm, shoot Scotty and his mother, and burn the bodies. The group repair a patrol car, and once on the road are spotted by an attack helicopter and drive into a car wash for cover. Infected car wash employees attack and kill Becca, and the helicopter destroys the car.

    On foot, Russell disables a passing government SUV with a police spike strip. The driver, presumably a government agent (Glenn Morshower), reveals the cargo plane contained "Trixie," a "Rhabdoviridae prototype" biological weapon which has contaminated the water supply and is very contagious. Enraged, Russell shoots the driver and threatens Judy and David. When confronted about his behavior, Russell realizes he is infected and after being disarmed, begs to go on with Judy and David, later dying while distracting soldiers at a road blockade, so Judy and David can sneak past.

    At nightfall, David and Judy arrive at a truck stop to search for a vehicle, discovering the military also executed all those who were evacuated from the town. Fending off three infected people who appear out of nowhere, they escape in a semitruck. Ogden Marsh is destroyed in a huge nuclear explosion as they flee, and their truck flips in the passing shockwave. As the couple walk towards Cedar Rapids, a view from a military satellite highlights the city, and the words "initiate containment protocol" appear, signifying another containment attempt since David and Judy are unknowngly infected by the Trixie virus.

    In the closing credits, a news clip from Cedar Rapids Channel 9 is shown in which the newscaster (Bruce Aune) reports that a huge explosion originating from the Dakon Petrol chemical plant started a massive fire in Ogden Marsh, "with eyewitness reports of a 400-foot fireball that lit up the sky." He goes on to report a second explosion at a nearby truck fueling station, alluding to the truck stop. He says a perimeter has been set and civilians are not being allowed into the area. After that, the news clip cuts to a soldier with his rifle brandished, then to a snarling crazy, and finally simply the words "Signal Lost," strongly implying that the much larger city of Cedar Rapids was infected after the events of the film.

     

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Michael Aguilar known as producer
    • Rob Cowan known as producer
    • Brian E. Frankish known as associate producer
    • Dean Georgaris known as producer
    • Jonathan King known as executive producer
    • Alexander W. Kogan Jr. known as associate producer
    • George A. Romero known as executive producer
    • Jeff Skoll known as executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Timothy Olyphant known as David
    • Radha Mitchell known as Judy
    • Joe Anderson known as Russell
    • Danielle Panabaker known as Becca
    • Christie Lynn Smith known as Deardra Farnum
    • Brett Rickaby known as Bill Farnum
    • Preston Bailey known as Nicholas
    • John Aylward known as Mayor Hobbs
    • Joe Reegan known as Pvt. Billy Babcock
    • Glenn Morshower known as Intelligence Officer
    • Larry Cedar known as Ben Sandborn
    • Gregory Sporleder known as Travis Quinn
    • Mike Hickman known as Rory Hamill
    • Lisa K. Wyatt known as Peggy Hamill
    • Justin Welborn known as Curt Hammil
    • Chet Grissom known as Kevin Miller
    • Tahmus Rounds known as Nathan
    • Brett Wagner known as Jesse
    • Alex Van known as Red
    • Anthony Winters known as Town Pastor (as Tony Winters)
    • Frank Hoyt Taylor known as Mortician Jim Finley
    • Justin Miles known as Scotty McGregor
    • Marian Green known as Mrs. McGregor
    • E. Roger Mitchell known as Fire Chief Tom
    • Michael H. Cole known as Site Coordinator (as Michael Cole)
    • Mark Oliver known as Rescue Worker
    • Lynn Lowry known as Woman on Bike
    • Chris Carnel known as Car Wash Lunatic
    • Jimmy Waitman known as Car Wash Lunatic
    • Jay S. Pearson known as Car Wash Lunatic (as Jay Pearson)
    • Kathryn Kim known as Distraught Mom
    • Adam Dingeman known as Snickering Boy
    • Megan Hensley known as Babbling Teen
    • Lori Beth Edgeman known as Distraught Mother
    • Ann Roth known as Distraught Woman
    • Mickey Cole known as Distraught Boy (as Michael 'Mickey' Cole)
    • Elizabeth Barrett known as Lone Woman
    • Rachel Storey known as Molly Hutchins
    • Bruce Aune known as Newscaster
    • Jacqueline Sherrard known as Local Girl
    • Mary Lynn Owen known as Distraught Woman #2
    • Pierce Gagnon known as Distraught Son
    • Matthew Lintz known as Distraught Son #2
    • Wilbur Fitzgerald known as Distraught Husband (as Wilbur. T. Fitzgerald)
    • Jeremy Ambler known as U.S. Army Soldier (uncredited)
    • Lexie Behr known as Lizzie (uncredited)
    • Sterling Cooper known as Ralph (uncredited)
    • William Grammer known as Infected Citizen (uncredited)
    • Albert J. Greffenius known as Diner Crazy #1 (uncredited)
    • Gene L. Hamilton known as Diner Crazy #2 (uncredited)
    • Anthony B. Harris known as Soldier (uncredited)
    • Joseph Lavender known as Dead Soldier (uncredited)
    • Shaun Lynch known as Evac Soldier (uncredited)
    • Billie McNabb known as Waitress (uncredited)
    • Jade Moser known as Local Teen (uncredited)
    • Steve Pilchen known as Diner Crazy #3 (uncredited)
    • Justin Price known as Infected Civilian (uncredited)
    • Cody Rowlett known as Hazmat Soldier (uncredited)
    • Anthony Sellers known as Soldier / HAZMAT Scientist (uncredited)
    • Kasey Stewart known as Uninfected Citizen (uncredited)

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    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Joe Badiali known as lab technician
    • Leo Corey Castellano known as makeup department head
    • Mary Young Everett known as additional hair stylist
    • Mary Kate Gales known as additional makeup artist
    • Chris Gallaher known as key makeup effects: Almost Human Inc (as Christopher Gallaher)
    • Jonathan Gording known as contact lenses: special
    • Jenn Hall known as lab technician
    • Jenn Hall known as makeup effects technician
    • Robert Hall known as special makeup designer: Almost Human, Inc
    • Glen Hanz known as sculptor
    • Bill Johnson known as additional prop bodies
    • Eric Koo known as sculptor
    • Dalton Kutsch known as lab technician
    • Adruitha Lee known as hair department head
    • Jonah Levy known as special makeup effects artist: Almost Human Inc
    • Randy Houston Mercer known as makeup artist
    • Kenny Myers known as special makeup effects artist
    • Deborah Patino Rutherford known as makeup artist: Radha Mitchell (as Deborah Patino)
    • Andrea Politte known as additional hair stylist
    • Erik Porn known as prosthetics project coordinator
    • Erik Porn known as special makeup effects supervisor: for Almost Human Inc.
    • Toby Sells known as special makeup effects artist: Almost Human Inc.
    • Darnell Shepherd known as hair/lab technician: Almost Human, Inc.
    • Diana Sikes known as hairstylist: Mr. Olyphant
    • Matthew Silva known as assistant aditional bodies
    • Betty Lou Skinner known as key hair stylist
    • Justin Stafford known as wig maker
    • Beka Wilson known as key hair stylist
    • Leigh Ann Yandle known as key makeup artist

    Art Department:

    • Greg Anderson known as prop maker: Iowa
    • Roman Antolic known as set dresser
    • Jack Blanchard known as leadman
    • Rondro Boney known as painter
    • Stephanie Charbonneau known as graphic coordinator
    • Katie Clinebelle known as property assistant
    • Carl E. Coker known as propmaker
    • John Coven known as storyboard artist
    • Thurston Edwards known as buyer (as John Thurston Edwards)
    • Joshua L. Ellsworth known as construction shop foreman: Iowa
    • Joshua L. Ellsworth known as shop foreman (as Joshua Ellsworth)
    • Heather Elwell known as art department coordinator (as Heather Violet Elwell)
    • Faith Farrell known as sign writer: Iowa
    • Damon B. Fishback known as propmaker
    • Jeff Foust known as prop maker: Iowa
    • Brent Godek known as property assistant
    • Robert Griffon Jr. known as property master (as Robert Griffin)
    • Roland Heart known as swing gang (as Roland Spence)
    • Don Holloway known as greensman
    • Jeffrey A. Hughes known as set dresser
    • Tom Jones Jr. known as construction coordinator
    • Cindy Jordan known as painter (as Cindi Jordan)
    • Gerald Kern known as location foreman (as G. Kern)
    • Tony Kupersmith known as shop foreman (as Anthony Kupersmith)
    • Ryan Kutch known as swing gang
    • Rebecca Leonard known as signwriter
    • Tom Long known as graphic artist
    • Gabriel Lueders known as painter: Iowa
    • Alex McCarroll known as set designer
    • John McDonnell known as assistant property master (as John B. McDonnell)
    • A. Russell McGlothlen known as buyer: Iowa
    • Joseph R. McGuire Jr. known as set dresser
    • José Morillo known as propmaker
    • David H. Nash known as carpenter
    • Javed Noorullah known as swing gang
    • Matthew J. Norskog known as on-set dresser (as Matthew Norskog)
    • Paul Oliver known as scenic charge (as Paul W. Oliver)
    • James F. Oñate known as paint foreman (as James Oñate)
    • Wes Perry known as gang boss: Iowa
    • Marthe Pineau known as buyer
    • Andy Rusk known as set dresser (as Andrew Rusk)
    • Barbara S. Shelton known as on-set painter (as Barbara Seinfeld)
    • Lawrence Ross Shepard known as paint foreman (as Larry Shepard)
    • Brian J. Simpson known as set dresser: Iowa (as Brian Simpson)
    • Lukasz Siwik known as art department production assistant
    • Barry Spencer known as gang boss
    • Greg Spencer known as general foreman
    • Brian Strohm known as prop maker: Iowa
    • Adam Sumner known as set dresser
    • Paul R. Thomas known as gang boss
    • Penny Thomas known as painter
    • Jeffrey Thompson known as painter: Iowa
    • Richard W. Van Oel known as painter: Iowa (as Richard Van Oel)
    • Jesse Williams known as tool man
    • Jim S. Williams known as gang boss
    • Nichole Wleklinski known as set dresser
    • Julie Hardin known as set dresser (uncredited)

    ..

     

    Company

    Production Companies:

    • Overture Films (presents)
    • Participant Media (presents)
    • Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ (as Imagenation) (in association with)
    • Penn Station

    Other Companies:

    • Act One Script Clearance  script research
    • American Roadshow Motion Picture And Television Catering  catering
    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
    • Clockwork Labs Studios  score mixed at
    • Company 3  digital intermediate
    • EMS Payroll  extras payroll (uncredited)
    • Film Finances  completion guarantor
    • Gallagher Entertainment  insurance (uncredited)
    • Georgia Film, Video & Music Office  the producers wish to thank (as The Georgia Film Commission)
    • Hollywood Trucks  entertainment transportation
    • Iowa Film Office  the producers wish to thank (as The Iowa Film Commission)
    • LRX Lighting  robotic lighting systems
    • Lab 601  post-production (equipment rentals)
    • Lightnin' Production Rentals  transportation equipment
    • Los Angeles Rag House  grip and lighting equipment
    • Mode HQ  additional support
    • NT Audio Services  optical sound negative (as NT Audio)
    • PC&E Atlanta  cameras and lenses
    • Paskal Lighting  grip and lighting equipment
    • Penteo Surround  5.1 song processing
    • Production Consultants & Equipment (PC&E)  cameras and lenses (as PC&E Atlanta)
    • Road Rebel  production travel
    • Rok!t Studio  satellite images
    • Rok!t Studio  titles
    • Sodden Dog Electronic Arts Society, The  score performed by
    • Trevanna Post  post-production accounting
    • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack
    • Warner Bros. Studio Facilities  sound editorial and re-recording

    Distributors:

    • Overture Films (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
    • A-Film Distribution (2010) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
    • ACME (2010) (Estonia) (theatrical)
    • ACME (2010) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
    • Alliance Vivafilm (2010) (Canada) (theatrical)
    • Cascade Film (2010) (Russia) (theatrical)
    • Cathay-Keris Films (2010) (Singapore) (theatrical)
    • Cinestar (2010) (Philippines) (theatrical)
    • Diamond Films (2010) (Argentina) (theatrical)
    • Future Film (2010) (Finland) (theatrical) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
    • Gussi Artecinema (2010) (Mexico) (theatrical)
    • Hollywood Classic Entertainment (2010) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
    • Momentum Pictures (2010) (UK) (theatrical)
    • Paramount Pictures (2010) (UK) (theatrical)
    • Showgate (2010) (Japan) (theatrical)
    • United International Pictures (UIP) (2010) (Denmark) (theatrical)
    • A-Film Home Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
    • A-Film Home Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (retail)
    • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
    • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
    • Argentina Video Home (2011) (Argentina) (DVD)
    • Argentina Video Home (2011) (Argentina) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
    • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2010) (Switzerland) (all media)
    • CatchPlay (2010) (Taiwan) (all media)
    • D Productions (2010) (Turkey) (all media)
    • Film1 (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
    • Imagem Filmes (2010) (Brazil) (all media)
    • Intercontinental Video (2010) (Hong Kong) (DVD)
    • Kinowelt Home Entertainment (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
    • Midget Entertainment (2010) (Denmark) (all media)
    • Monolith Films (2010) (Poland) (all media)
    • Movie Bank (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (rental)
    • Prisvídeo – Edições Videográficas (2010) (Portugal) (all media)
    • Roadshow Entertainment (2010) (Australia) (DVD)
    • SND (2010) (France) (all media)
    • Savor (2010) (Spain) (all media)

    ..

     

    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • Almost Human (special prosthetic effects)
    • Amalgamated Pixels (visual effects)
    • Comen VFX (visual effects)
    • With A Twist Studio (visual effects and animation)
    • XY & Z Visual Effects (visual effects)
    • Zoic Studios (visual effects) (as Zoic Studios BC)

    Visual Effects by:

    • Trevor Adams known as visual effects supervisor: Zoic Studios
    • Peter Allendale known as compositor: Comen VFX
    • Brandon Bartlett known as cg supervisor: With A Twist Studio
    • Jamie Baxter known as 3D animator: XY&Z Visual Effects
    • Jamie Baxter known as visual effects
    • Trinh Baxter known as digital compositor
    • Trinh Baxter known as matte painter: XY&Z Visual Effects
    • Mary Jane Bolton known as visual effects associate producer: zoic studios
    • Kristen Branan known as head of production: Zoic Studios
    • Aaron Brown known as visual effects supervisor
    • Eric Bruneau known as compositing supervisor
    • Ian Buchko known as computer graphics artist: Zoic Studios
    • David Burton known as visual effects supervisor: With A Twist Studio
    • Tim Carras known as visual effects supervisor: Comen VFX
    • Michael Cliett known as animator
    • Joshua D. Comen known as visual effects producer: Comen VFX (as Josh Comen)
    • Brandon Criswell known as compositor: Comen VFX
    • Mike Diltz known as digital compositor
    • Arlend Engar known as computer graphics artist: Zoic Studios
    • Patrick Flanagan known as senior compositor: Amalgamated Pixels
    • Derry Frost known as head of production: Amalgamated Pixels
    • Patti Gannon known as visual effects supervisor: Zoic Studios
    • Safeer Ghaznavi known as digital compositor: Zoic Studios (as Neil Ghaznavi)
    • Michael Goddard known as computer graphics artist: Zoic Studios (as Mike Goddard)
    • Pam Hammarlund known as visual effects producer: With A Twist Studio
    • Nathaniel Holroyd known as visual effects coordinator: Zoic Studios (as Nate Holroyd)
    • Bonnie Kanner known as visual effects executive producer: Amalgamated Pixels
    • Thomas Kuo known as digital film scanner
    • Darren MacKay known as digital compositor: Zoic Studios (as Darren McKay)
    • Elizabeth Marriner known as compositor: Comen VFX
    • Roger Mocenigo known as compositor: XY&Z
    • Patrick Mooney known as visual effects producer: Zoic Studios
    • Michael Morreale known as vice-president of production: Amalgamated Pixels
    • Jeremy Oddo known as visual effects artist: Amalgamated Pixels
    • Michael J. Parker known as compositor: Comen VFX
    • Holly Rayman known as controller: Comen VFX
    • Mike Rhone known as computer graphics artist: Zoic Studios
    • Michael Roderick known as digital compositor
    • Michael Roderick known as visual effects artist: Amalgamated Pixels
    • Harrison Rutherford known as digital compositor
    • Nik Slotiuk known as visual effects
    • Steven Douglas Smith known as visual effects director of photography (as S. Douglas Smith)
    • Kevin Struckman known as cg artist
    • Mai Suzuki known as digital restoration artist
    • Ron Thornton known as visual effects plate supervisor: Zoic Studios
    • Ron Thornton known as visual effects supervisor
    • Mike Uguccioni known as visual effects supervisor
    • Tong Zhou known as computer graphics artist: Zoic Studios

    Release Date:

    • USA 23 February 2010 (Los Angeles, California) (premiere)
    • Canada 26 February 2010
    • Ireland 26 February 2010
    • UK 26 February 2010
    • USA 26 February 2010
    • Poland 5 March 2010
    • Russia 18 March 2010
    • Portugal 1 April 2010
    • South Korea 8 April 2010
    • Finland 10 April 2010 (Night Visions Film Festival)
    • Greece 15 April 2010
    • Iceland 16 April 2010
    • Turkey 16 April 2010
    • Belgium 17 April 2010 (Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Films)
    • Netherlands 18 April 2010 (Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival)
    • Philippines 21 April 2010
    • Czech Republic 22 April 2010
    • Denmark 22 April 2010
    • Kazakhstan 22 April 2010
    • Malaysia 22 April 2010
    • Netherlands 22 April 2010
    • Estonia 23 April 2010
    • Italy 23 April 2010
    • Lithuania 23 April 2010
    • Mexico 30 April 2010
    • Taiwan 7 May 2010
    • Belgium 9 May 2010
    • Hungary 20 May 2010
    • Austria 27 May 2010
    • Germany 27 May 2010
    • Switzerland 27 May 2010 (German speaking region)
    • Spain 28 May 2010
    • France 9 June 2010
    • Finland 30 June 2010
    • Singapore 22 July 2010
    • Peru 28 July 2010
    • Australia 5 August 2010 (Blu-ray premiere)
    • Brazil 20 August 2010
    • Sweden 25 August 2010 (DVD premiere)
    • Japan 28 October 2010 (Tokyo International Film Festival)
    • Spain 6 November 2010 (Festival de Cine de Terror de Molins de Rei)
    • Japan 13 November 2010
    • Argentina 6 January 2011
    • Panama 2 September 2011

    MPAA: Rated R for bloody violence and language

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    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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    10 Comments

    1. sgtking from United States
      29 Mar 2012, 9:08 pm

      In the last several years we've seen more than a dozen movies aboutpeople becoming infected by a virus who then turn on and kill thosearound them. '28 Days Later' is one of the most popular and also one ofthe best. Sure the concept was nothing new, but the film was made withenough style and had such strong talent involved that it ended betterthan just another by-the-numbers outbreak movie. It was a hit andunsurprisingly was followed by a slew of clones, many of which are notreally worth your time. One of the earliest examples of this is the1973 film 'The Crazies' by George Romero, which too spawned a fewimitations. Well now with all these popular titles getting remadesomeone decided this film too was ready for the redux treatment, andthough it features little to nothing audiences haven't already seen,it, like '28 Days Later,' is a film made with care and the result is agreat time at the movies.

      Pros: Though the characters are pretty thin, the actors give strongperformances and add some depth to their roles. A pretty good scorethat keeps one on edge. Perfectly paced, starting slow and then lettingloose the rest of the time. Gorgeous photography and country scenery.Some good scary moments. Also some pretty suspenseful sequences.Faithful enough to the original to please fans, while standing on it'sown enough that it's not a simple rehash. Some humor here and there tokeep things from getting deadly serious.

      Cons: If you've seen one virus outbreak movie you've seen them all.Pretty predictable. Doesn't really give us a chance to breath once thepace picks up. Plot wears thin after the characters and premise areestablished.

      Final thoughts: Movie buffs complain that there aren't enough originalmovies being made in Hollywood, and they're right. And I'm not sayingthat we shouldn't keep pushing for that, but I don't think we shoulddismiss every film simply because of it's lack of originality. If it'smade by people with a lot of talent who always work hard to try andmake a good film then it could be worth seeing. This one here is oneheck of a good time at the movies, better than most remakes really.Give it a whirl.

      My rating: 4/5

    2. cpbadgeman from California, USA
      29 Mar 2012, 9:08 pm

      It is clear that the current cycle of horror remakes is far from overand the results so far have for the most part been surprisingly good.This trend continues with 'The Crazies'- a reinvention of GeorgeRomero's little-seen 1973 original. The plot is beyond simple: abiological agent gets into the water supply of a small town in Iowacalled Ogden Marsh and turns the inhabitants into homicidal maniacs.Things get even worse when a US Army unit initiates a brutalcontainment operation where shooting first and not bothering to askquestions is the order of the day.

      The film wastes little time building up to the first outbreak ofinsanity and then chillingly portrays how the town's social fabric isobliterated at break-neck speed. There is an abundance of scarymoments, inventive gore, and even some very black humor. Some momentsare so intensely suspenseful that time seems to practically standstill. All the cast play their parts well; including Timothy Olyphantas the town sheriff, Joe Anderson as his deputy, and Radha Mitchell asthe town doctor. The minimalist soundtrack is also strikinglyeffective. All in all, this film is a treat for horror fans and foranyone looking for an intense night out at the movies.

    3. SmakethDown638 from United States
      29 Mar 2012, 9:08 pm

      George Romero's 1973 cult classic was a fun film. It focused a lot onthe government and the scientists trying to figure out the cure. Italso had some solid chaos in it. It was a very memorable low-budgetfilm and when a remake was announced, I was not pleased.

      Boy do I love it when I am wrong sometimes! The Crazies remake was afun film. It had the tension, the violence, subtle social commentaryregarding how the politics in America work, and it was a fun thrillride. What I loved most was the violence. The story was pretty faithfulto the original and all it needed to do was up the violence. Great funand it kept you guessing when things were going to turn bad. Thetension was perfect. Easily one of the better horror remakes I haveseen in the last few years. My only minor gripe with this film was theending. I won't spoil it, but it felt a little lame to me. However, Iliked the movie so much, I want a sequel! How crazy is that?!

    4. Dan Franzen (dfranzen70) from United States
      29 Mar 2012, 9:08 pm

      The Crazies, a remake of a seldom-seen 1972 George Romeo film, is abouta small town whose inhabitants drink tainted water and become deranged.The movie is slick but still terrifying, relying not only on wacked-outeffects but also on unadulterated suspense to really rattle yournerves.

      At a Little League game in Ogden Marsh, Iowa, a man wanders into theoutfield carrying a shotgun. When the man raises the weapon, SheriffDavid Dutton (Timothy Olyphant) shoots him dead. But the man wasn'tdrunk, he'd just gone crazy. Dutton investigates further, with the helpof his deputy Russell (Joe Anderson), and discovers that a planecarrying a deadly cargo has crashed into a nearby creek, thus poisoningthe town's drinking water.

      From there, events quickly get out of hand, as anyone who'd drunk waterfrom their taps becomes first listless and unresponsive, then mumbly,then completely unhinged. But that's only the beginning of thenightmare for the town, which is then surrounded by a military forcebent on containing the virus by any means necessary.

      This is only kind of a zombie film. I mean, no one's dining on theflesh of their living compatriots, there's no shambling, and mindlesskilling. (There's plenty of killing, but the afflicted people stillhave the capacity for reason.) One thing I liked about this was thatprecious time isn't spend trying to discover the reason for everyone'sbehavior; attention is focused on the survivors and how they react towhat's going on. I also appreciated that at no time does anyone, eventhe sheriff, have this superhuman ability to know what must be done andhow to do it. Dutton isn't a superhero, he's a sheriff.

      Another thing that helps a lot is the pacing. Too often, things eithermove so quickly that you can't figure out what's being done to whom ortoo slowly so that the suspense angle becomes the boredom angle. Thisis crucial for a horror film, which basically trafficks in suspense.Director Breck Eisner keeps the action coming without holding up thestory (e.g., no drawn-out standoffs when it would look implausible),and there are plenty of creeping-up-on-you moments to choke twelvecows.

      Olyphant looks a lot like a younger Bill Paxton here, and he's a goodfit – Sheriff Dutton is a solid leader, but he's not an improbable one.He's the kind of guy who rises to the occasion, not surpasses itcompletely. If you're looking for a movie where the hero is alwaysarmed to the teeth and subsequently never gets much more than a scratchon him, this isn't for you. Dutton has to constantly fight with his owninstincts and change his attitude during the course of the movie (saveeveryone, save his wife, save a few people, save himself).

      People who make horror movies know they're making them for a prettyselect audience. Lots of people don't like horror movies at all, andthose who do are somewhat picky about them (particularly with so manybig-budget ones from which to choose), so standards are high. It'simportant to grab that core audience, show them something they haven'tseen or haven't seen done particularly well, then smack them upside thehead. Classic horror films used the horror of the unseen to greateffect, and more-recent genre films try the same thing. (One reason forthis is that we've become inured to in-your-face slasher films, becausethe anticipation of the slasher doing his slashing has largely beeneroded. But that's a digression right there.

      Basically, if zombie movies in general are your bag, you should loveThe Crazies. (If you don't like any horror films regardless, there's noway you should see this.) The Crazies is effectively scary, mixinghuman emotions with raw blood and gore and endless edge-of-your seatthrills.

    5. TheDeadMayTasteBad from United States
      29 Mar 2012, 9:08 pm

      Even outside the fact that The Crazies is actually a remake of a 1973George A. Romero film, I have a feeling most audiences still have the"infection" flicks of the past decade still fresh on their minds. Overthe past ten years, we've endured quite a few and several have evenpacked quite a bit of wallop (28 Days Later, Planet Terror, etc.).While I feel Breck Eisner's 2010 redux of The Crazies isn't anythingnew in this regard, I still found myself entertained over the course ofthe 100 minute runtime.

      This may have something to do with the fact that I grew up in a smalltown in southern America not too unlike the isolated Iowa setting ofthe film and I can recognize the small town obsession and paranoia oflarger political/governmental interests heaving themselves on thelivelihood of small town folk and invading their way of living. Thatidea has been exaggerated in a worst-possible-scenario with TheCrazies. The remoteness of the society works to the advantage of thefilm quite well. Perhaps even too well as some audience members maywonder where the rest of the world is when all of this is happening.The American media of all shapes and forms would have had a field dayreporting over anything vaguely resembling this mess.

      The direction is impressive with much attention to detail taken frombehind the camera. It's especially comforting that the director didn'tdepend solely on violence. Eisner even cuts away from some of the moregraphic "impact" moments, coincidentally making more of a psychologicalimpact on the audience.

      The film moves with brisk pace as our heroes struggle to survive theunthinkable. Eisner, like Romero, is astute at making Hazmat suits andthe traditional gas mask into terrifying images. The very presence ofsuch an image confronting you effectively sends a feeling of utterhelplessness into the audience—as if you are caught in the middle ofsomething far beyond your control. Our central characters seemvulnerable and "exposed" at every turn as a result while scary militarymen in full bio-garb follow close at their heels.

      There are some issues that prevented me from loving the film, though.The script could have used a little work as plot holes were easilynoticeable and characters were either very thinly developed or, attimes, made ridiculous decisions. Like another recent "zombie" film,Zombieland, occasional over-the-top actions of some of the charactersseemed out of place. There is very little, to no, character developmentin the film and most of the roles are simply caricatures we've seen incountless other movies. Thankfully Timothy Olyphant (whom has been onmy radar since Deadwood), Radha Mitchell (who's becoming somewhat of ascream queen, isn't she?), and a surprising performance from JoeAnderson add credibility to such events.

      Many twists and turns the film takes aren't very surprising, but TheCrazies manages to keeps atmosphere flowing throughout most of thefilms scenes. While protagonists investigating barns and being capturedby increasingly menacing foes becomes rather monotonous towards thefilms conclusion, the film just manages to get away while notoverstaying it's welcome.

      Eisner is apparently in the mood for more of this horror remake mayhemsince he's already in discussions to potentially direct remakes of TheBrood and Creature from the Black Lagoon. As for The Crazies, thisventure does its original quite a bit more justice than many of theothers we've received as of late. For a visually pleasing andentertaining horror movie, The Crazies neither drives audiencesballistic nor restores their sanity.

      Related Recommendations: 28 Days/Weeks Later, Children of the Corn,rec, Quarantine, Planet Terror, Dawn of the Dead, Carriers, The Stand,The Crazies (1973)

    6. ben_horror from Ireland
      29 Mar 2012, 9:08 pm

      A remake of the original movie made by George Romero in the 1970s, TheCrazies tells the story of what happens after a highly infectiouscontagion finds its way into a rural water supply after a classifiedplane crashes and turns the previously down to earth townsfolk intoviolent rampaging killers – the 'Crazies' of the title. First off it'sfair to say that the new version of The Crazies is a vastly superiorfilm to the original. The story is very well set up and generallybuilds momentum at a nice pace. You don't feel like you're beingplunged blindly into the action.

      Of course the story isn't exactly new. While it still remains abrilliant premise and was no doubt unique in the 70s when the originalwas made, nowadays we've seen this type of thing many times before.Movies such as Rec, its remake Quarantine, 28 Days Later, its sequel 28Weeks Later and the Dawn of the Dead remake have saturated an alreadyovercrowded market – with probably yet more to come. But while it'seasy to say that the remake is just another in the aforementioned cycleof movies, it must also be pointed that when Romero did the original,he arguably invented a new genre just like he did when he made Night ofthe Living Dead: as well as 'the dead coming back to life' genre,Romero gave us 'the killer virus that turns normal people into insanekillers' genre. The reality of the matter is by making those movies allthose years ago, he was virtually inventing two types of story thatwould be mined again and again in later decades in everything fromfilms and books to video games. If the aforementioned 28 Days Later iscredited with the resurgence of the zombie flick, then it must also beacknowledged the debit it too owes Romero's original 'Crazies' film:this is no zombie flick. In both movies the victims are not the walkingdead, but alive and kicking, albeit completely insane.

      While the production value is much bigger than the 70s release, theacting in the remake beats the original hands down. This is a moviewith something for everyone: for the gals, there's Timothy Olyphantwhile Radha Mitchell supplies the goods for the guys. Playing the townSheriff, Olyphant makes for a solid, likable and charismatic lead.Based on what he does here, surely A-list status and multi milliondollar action roles are within his grasp. Similarly, playing his wife,Radha Mitchell brings a lot of gravitas and humility to her role andcreates a very likable character. It's one of those rare moments ofcredibility – and good casting – where the chemistry between twoprincipals is so strong, you actually believe they could be married inreal life and because of this, you're rooting for them every step ofthe way while everything around them is going to hell.

      There are two definite stand-out scenes in the movie: one set in aquarantine area with a group of people strapped to gurneys while apreviously carefree towns person lumbers around wielding a pitch forkis chilling, while another, set in a car wash where every slap on thewindscreen is to be feared, is relentlessly claustrophobic. Thesearen't just great scenes, its great film-making. The Crazies is a verywell made film. Even the age-old and rather hackneyed 'no signal forthe cell phone' problem, typical in movies such as this, is solved veryneatly here. Rather than having it as a throwaway line of dialog, it'sworked effectively into the plot. Plus in another key moment that canonly be described as jaw dropping, we get an overhead shot of a crashedaircraft in a deep swamp. For a remake, it's fair to say this movie hasits share of surprises.

      Another major plus is rather than telling the story from the usual teenperspective, the movie defies protocol and focuses on the adults. Arefreshing change from the usual teen canon fodder, this is a smartmove and makes it more than just another 'teens on the run' flick. Alsowhile we know the U.S. government is responsible for the crash and thesubsequent outbreak, motives are still kept effectively obscure. Noexplanation is ever offered and the film is all the better for it. Bykeeping everything so murky adds an air of mystery and menace to theproceedings. One small criticism, though: the film opens with anunnecessary 'flash forward' to a blazing inferno of a town where we seeflaming cars. Clearly this is the aftermath of whatever disaster isabout to take place because then we see a 'Two Days Earlier' captionand the movie begins. This opening – brief as it is – does absolutelynothing to help the film. If anything it slightly lessens away theimpact of what happens later because we've already had that smallforetaste.

      However that's just a small complaint. Overall The Crazies is a wellacted, entertaining and thrilling roller coaster ride of a movie.Everything moves along at a nice speed and the running time is not solong as to outstay its welcome. It delivers a good deal of jumps andscares, and is entertaining from start to the finish.

    7. simon-prometheus from Canada
      29 Mar 2012, 9:08 pm

      Having a horror film succeed on nearly every level is a raremanifestation these days; The Crazies is beyond slick, excellentlyacted, tense, is a remake that doesn't suck for once, and the to top itall? This re-imagining joins the exclusive club of a remake that trumpsthe original. (And thoroughly at that) No offence to the great GeorgeA. Romero who created the minor 'classic' back in 1973, but that moviewas a poor effort in almost every capacity.

      Director Breck Eisner's Crazies is moody and smart with a great senseof humour about it. It never delves into self-seriousness, not tries tobe overtly political. It evokes a sort of mash-up of Dawn of the Deadand Outbreak. There are some unapologetically relentless sequencespropped by unbearable tension and horror and others of pure adrenalinefuelled mayhem and action. The marriage of horror and action thatworked so well in films like 28 Days/Weeks Later succeeds here as welland has enough of a personal moral stance to not seem like acookie-cutter studio product.

      In the quintessential hick town of Ogden Marsh, the small populous goabout their normal hick activities; prepare for the spring plant,attend the popular town baseball games and for one young couple,prepare for the birth of their first child. David and Judy Dutton(played superbly by Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell) are the townsheriff and doctor respectively both of whom are well liked in theclose-knit township. Suddenly, strange things begin to happen.Townsfolk begin acting odd, prone to violence and murder and bodiesbegin to pile up. Soon, the town is in disarray and thing go from badto worse fast with the arrival of government forces who quickly cordonoff the town and become more terrifying then the crazies themselves.With his deputy, the sheriff does everything in his power to get hisbudding family out of hell in time.

      One of many things I admire about The Crazies is it doesn't pussyfootaround. There is no dull build-up in which all key characters are givenan introduction. We are thrust into the action right off the start andget to know the characters as the panic ensues. Joe Anderson as thedeputy gets the most interesting character arc; again I will make acomparison to 2004's Dawn of the Dead this time regarding the characterof CJ which one could attribute a number of similarities, including akiller moustache. Radha Mitchell who is no stranger to horror filmshaving starred in flicks such as Rogue, Silent Hill and Pitch Blackamong others is perfectly suited for the role of strong femaleprotagonist. Olyphant who has ample charisma is also pitch perfect asthe compassionate but driven Sheriff and I hope roles like this willget him the leading jobs he deserves.

      The Crazies also benefits from having to real villain; it is more amovie of circumstances than black and white, good vs. evil. Theshortcomings of this film are those found in many horror movies. We getjolts of sound that accompany boo! moments, but thankfully this issecondary to the impending sense of dread that makes up the moviescore. The very final scene is one we have witnessed so many timesbefore and the only thing that's comes to mind as I continue to see itis that the director does not have enough confidence in the filmseffectiveness. Small quibbles aside this is one of the best horrorfilms of the last ten years and stands as proof that if care is takenall horror remakes don't have to make us crazy.

      Read all my reviews at simonsaysmovies.blogspot.com

    8. kennychaggerty from United States
      29 Mar 2012, 9:08 pm

      Although recently I have seen quite a few horror films, I am not veryfamiliar with the original horror classics made by George Romero. Mostof them are supposed to be thrilling and much better than the modernday remakes, yet I did enjoy Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead (2004).Originality is hard to develop in horror films because most audienceshave seen everything before in previous motion pictures. You can make ablood-splattering zombie, vampire, or serial killer movie but chancesare another filmmaker has already created a film with a similar story,bigger stars, and more gore. Yet every once in a while a director willcome up with a clever story in order to make up for the lack ofinnovation in modern horror films. Last year's Paranormal Activity(2009) is one of those exceptions and so is Breck Eisner's The Crazies(2010).

      If our own government accidentally dropped a biological weapon on asmall country town, would it take precautions to cover it up or wouldit admit the mistake and take necessary measures to help thoseinfected? This is the situation in The Crazies, in which each family ofa small town in Iowa begin developing violent symptoms and start losingtheir minds. One day at a high school baseball game a local farmercomes onto a baseball field with a double barrel shotgun. After failingto talk the crazed man out of dropping the gun, the local sheriff namedDavid Dutton (Timothy Olyphant) is forced to shoot him. At first it isbelieved that the incident was a consequence of the farmer drinking toomuch but soon other citizens of the town begins acting in a familiarway. One man burns his house down while his wife and child are lockedwithin. Another man appears to have lost the ability to speak. Confusedabout what is happening, David and his deputy go searching for possibleleads to what could be causing the disturbing behavior of the locals.In their search they discover a crashed plane underneath the town'sriver and they soon see that it is no coincidence that those who liveclosest to the water supply are slowly developing symptoms of thestrange disease. A few days after the first signs of the virus,military personnel suddenly appear and take everyone in town intocustody. At the military base, David and his wife are separated becauseit is believed that she has been infected. The rest of the film followsDavid's journey to try and save his wife. Can he trust the governmentto do the right thing and take care of his wife or is he the only onewho can save her? Although the Crazies themselves are entertaining, itis nothing viewers probably haven't seen before. They basically actexactly like zombies minus the biting. What separates this film fromother horror films are the emotions shared by the main characters andthe political questions brought up about how our government mighthandle the accidental insurgence of biological weapons on U.S. soil.Naturally every character begins to become paranoid over the fact thathis or her friends and family may have become infected, yet how to youdeal with knowing that your loved ones will soon become uncontrollablydisturbed and may try to kill you. It is amazing, yet understandablehow people's personalities can suddenly change at the first sign of anydanger.

      Overall, The Crazies has enough action and gore to satisfy horror moviefans, but is also clever enough to separate it from most other modernhorror remakes. So far this has been the biggest surprise for me in2010.

    9. jonas33333 from United States
      29 Mar 2012, 9:08 pm

      Firstly, I have to say this would make a great Double Feature withNathan Fillian's Slither. I think they would make a rockin' pair – thator possibly Stephen King's The Mist.

      At any rate, this is a fun film that offers all theaction/suspense/horror that movies like this are supposed to do. And itdoes that pretty darn well. One of the strongest points are the filmingitself. This film moved nicely between heavy and lighter scenes. Someof the shots are both memorable and downright amazing. The peoplebehind the cameras knew what they were doing. The characters were alittle light, but likable and played well by their actors. I feltsuspense, which is rare for me these days.

      Downsides:

      A. The plot jumps a little too quickly

      B. Would have liked to see more "crazy"

      C. A couple scenes were a little cliché

      D. Oh darn! It's a re-make.

    10. Edward Jacobs (edwardjacobs10@gmail.com) from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
      29 Mar 2012, 9:08 pm

      Not your run of the mill horror movie, The Crazies is a respectfullyupdated version of the original. It's not about blowing stuff up andgore and frightening chills but truly about surviving the errors andmistakes that have been created by the US. All from a downed plane. Youenjoy the visual and the change of pace as our protagonists dodge'crazies' and the military. It all works and falls into place, which isfunny because some movies can get away with that yet most don't. TheCrazies is what I hoped 28 Days Later would have been essentially and Irecommend the film for fans of the zombie genre. With the exception ofsome overlength, the wit and intelligence of the script will give thefilm some decent legs, if not on screen, then guaranteed in the longrun.  

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