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Review: The Crazies (2010)

August 6, 2010

The Crazies. Director: Breck Eisner. Starring: Tim Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson, Danielle Panabaker, Christie Lynn Smith. Written by: Scott Kosar, Ray Wright, George Romero

In an era of flu scares, this remake feels timely. It doesn’t seem entirely out of the realm of possibility that some virus could spread through a town and turn everyone batty. While the original played on people’s fear of the government, the remake of The Crazies wisely plays on people’s fear of widespread diseases and nasty viruses.

The residents of the small town of Ogden Marsh are being plagued by a virus that causes insanity. When the government swooped in to put the town on lockdown, Sheriff David Dutton (Tim Olyphant) and his wife (Radha Mitchell) try to escape along with two other uninfected friends. Mystery and horror ensue.

more insightful analysis after the jump

Review: The Crazies

December 6, 2009

When I heard about a remake being made to the 1973 George Romero film The Crazies, I thought I’d check out the original. I’ve been meaning to watch the original for a while now, since I love some of Romero’s other work, but I haven’t gotten around to watching it. What I saw was somewhat disappointing.

A mysterious illness has overcome the people of Evans, PA, and soon the military has swooped in and barricaded the town. The illness makes people burn down there houses, stab people, and talk crazy gibberish. The military men wear biohazard suits and go around burning crazies with flame throwers. Through all this, a small group of survivors (including a fireman, his lover, his best buddy, and two others) try to make it out of town.

the rest of the review and my rating after the jump

Coming Attraction: The Crazies

October 21, 2009

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Click here to watch the trailer for The Crazies

In The Crazies, a small town is plagued by murderous insanity due to a toxic chemical exposure. This premise has my inner teenage boy jumping for joy.

I’ve never seen the original 1973 George Romero version, but now I think I’ll rent it. I’ve enjoyed most of Romero’s other work, including Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead.

On the one hand, the trailer is pretty creepy and well-made. On the other hand, this is a horror remake, and almost all horror remakes are lame. Since I’m in a good mood, I’ll give The Crazies a 3 on the Potential Meter, but it should probably be more like a 2.5.

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