by Del Harvey
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This remake of George Romero’s fan-loved but relatively unknown feature outside of horror circles makes a lot of sense. I mean, really, do we desperately need a big screen version of The A-Team? Or another variation on The Incredible Hulk? But The Crazies was a feature with a very low budget and a very simple yet effective idea - something strange is going on and it’s causing people to go crazy. By now most of you know what that something strange is, and I think the idea is brilliant because it is so simple and yet it does not seem that far-fetched.
Even better, director Breck Eisner has updated a minor horror classic and made it accessible to the mainstream. This is so refreshing after all the horrid sequels and remakes of films which quite honestly were perfectly fine in their original format.
In the picture-perfect Midwestern town of Ogden Marsh the inhabitants are transforming, one-by-one, into mindless killers. And no one knows why, and no one is immune. This nightmarish vision of the American Dream gone frighteningly wrong features town sheriff and husband Timothy Olyphant and town doctor and wife Radha Mitchell struggling to survive this terrifying holocaust as they witness their perfect small town disintegrate into madness and mayhem right before their eyes. Co-starring Joe Anderson and Danielle Panabaker, the film releases on DVD and BluRay on June 29, 2010.
The Crazies DVD and BluRay features more than 90 minutes of bonus features, including several behind-the-scenes featurettes, storyboards, theatrical trailers, TV Spots, and more.
For more information on this fantastic film, click here.
Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.
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