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.
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Solidly-made, but unremarkable remake. A paint-by-numbers horror film that wastes the potential of its intriguing premise and capable cast. That said, the car wash sequence was pretty awesome and a great piece of horror filmmaking. But other than that individual scene, already forgotten.
Nearly every scare in The Crazies is telegraphed, whether by suddenly too-tight photography or shrieky crescendos of sound. The amount of times they reused the same gag (slow camera pan to the right: crazy person is revealed. cut to close-up of protagonist slow camera pan back to the left: crazy person is gone) is really incredible. I found myself guessing the exact moments each scare would occur. Terrible film
As horror remakes go, one of the better ones to emerge in recent years. Tough and nihilistic, which is how the original was. Sure, it's less resonant, but it's also a little more self-assured. Timothy Olyphant and Joe Anderson are great and Radha Mitchell remains one of the genre's strongest female performers.
I can't figure out if the message is 1) big govt is destroying small town America (BTW, I'm completely cool with that); 2) the impact of meth upon small town America, or 3) you have to be a white collar professional to escape from small town America. Maybe it's an amalgam of all three. Anyway, it was kinda gross when the two leads made out at the truck stop after having not brushed their teeth for two days. Blech
This straight-forward remake is the most accomplished modern horror remake for fear, lacking Romero's political-baiting for expert craftsmanship in suspense and scares. Eisner does what Romero's budget couldn't and his grip never slacks long enough to lose its tense stranglehold. Formula-based horror often doesn't look this good nor is pulled off this grandly doing nothing but the basics of what horror films do.
Each and every plot-point or jump scare is telegraphed a mile away, effectively killing any kind of tension. Despite the violence, it feels like a family movie. And it needed a more believable actor as the sheriff.