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.
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
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.