Sahara director Breck Eisner teams with screenwriters Ray Wright (Pulse) and Scott Kosar (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) to give George A. Romero's underrated 1973 shocker a shiny new makeover in this update starring Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell. Perform a Google search on "small-town America," and eventually you'll stumble across Ogden Marsh, a picturesque hamlet situated a safe distance from the nearest big city, and full of friendly faces. The citizens of Ogden Marsh are happy, albeit unremarkable people, but they're about to discover just how fragile their warm slice of the American dream really is. When a mysterious toxin transforms the locals into murderous maniacs, it's up to Sheriff David Dutton (Olyphant) to find out why a man who was once an upstanding citizen would attempt to massacre the local youth baseball team, and a caring father would burn his beloved family alive. Within hours the town has descended into total chaos, and the government has ordered it quarantined. Anyone who attempts to escape will be shot on sight, whether they're infected or not. Realizing that their only hope for survival is to fight through the madness that has consumed their once-quiet town, Sheriff Dutton, his pregnant wife, Judy (Mitchell), his deputy Russell (Joe Anderson), and frightened medical center assistant Becca (Danielle Panabaker) wage an epic struggle to discover the source of this malevolent scourge while fending off their infected friends and neighbors.~Jason Buchanan
Audio commentary with director Breck Eisner
Behind the scenes with director Breck Eisner paranormal pandemics
The George A Romero template
Make-up mastermind: Rob Hall in action The Crazies motion comic episodes 1 & 2
Surprisingly well done and effective, Crazies is as much a conspiracy story as a horror story. There is plenty of blood and grisly gruesomeness, but they actually have a plausible reason, rather than simply because it's a horror film. The characters and script are believable, and you could see such a scenario unfolding. Everyone is fine and does a credible job with their character, not to mention that the lovely Radha Mitchell is an extra treat to watch. Sure, there are a few inconsistencies and slightly implausible issues, but they are minor and more than made up for by the story, pacing, and performances. Certainly worth checking out.
In the small town of Ogden Marsh in a nearby swamp, there was an airplane that crash lands in it contaminating the town's water supply with chemicals. The people who drink from the water turn into homicidal maniacs who look like zombies as it seems some government contamination unites are blocking the town, Sheriff Dutton (Timothy Olyphant) with pregnant wife Judy (Radha Mitchell) including Deputy Russell (Joe Anderson) and Becca (Danielle Panabaker) are escaping the town to get to the major city for a new home unless they can get out alive.
Terrifying and brilliant remake of the obscure George Romero cult fave, this Sci-fi horror thriller is better than one of Romero's weaker efforts (Dawn of the Dead with Night and Day were better including martin). This is a fantastic reimagining that will rank with "The Thing", "The Fly", "Dawn of the Dead", "The Blob", "King Kong" etc in terms of great genre remakes. The acting is just superb and the action is plentiful, George A. Romero executive produced this one here which makes it an A on my list.
This Blu-Ray gives the viewer that theatrical experience through flawless picture and sound that skyrockets to the roof. The extras are terrific such as audio commentary, featurettes, storyboards, 2 motion comics, photo gallery and teasers to trailers.
A must have for Sci-fi/horror fanatics.
Contaminated water turns otherwise law abiding citizens into murderers. The sheriff, his deputy and his pregnant wife try to flee the quarantined town without getting killed or infected themselves before the town is obliterated by the Military who want to contain the outbreak. Action and scares !
I never saw the original and I'm not big on remakes, but I really enjoy this movie. After watching it a few times on cable over the years I decided I needed to just have this in my collection. A fun, creepy horror movie and thriller. If you like these kind of movies I recommend checking it out.