The Crazies (2010 film)

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The Crazies
Crazies ver2.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Breck Eisner
Produced by Michael Aguilar
Dean Georgaris
Rob Cowan
Screenplay by Scott Kosar
Ray Wright
Based on The Crazies by
George A. Romero
Starring Timothy Olyphant
Radha Mitchell
Joe Anderson
Danielle Panabaker
Music by Mark Isham
Cinematography Maxime Alexandre
Edited by Billy Fox
Production
company
Distributed by Overture Films
Release dates
  • February 26, 2010 (2010-02-26)
Running time 101 Minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million[1]
Box office $54,677,170[1]

The Crazies is a 2010 American horror film directed by Breck Eisner, with a screenplay by Scott Kosar and Ray Wright. The film is a remake of the 1973 film of the same name by George A. Romero, who is also an executive producer of the remake.

The Crazies stars Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell. The film takes place in the fictional town of Ogden Marsh, Pierce County, Iowa, "friendliest place on Earth," whose town water supply is accidentally infected with the "Trixie" virus. After an incubation period of 48 hours, this virus gradually transforms the mental state of the infected into that of cold, calculating, depraved, bloodthirsty killers, who then prey on family and neighbors alike.

The film was released on February 26, 2010 to positive reviews from critics, and was a box office success both domestically and internationally.

Plot[edit]

In the town of Ogden Marsh, Iowa, David Dutten (Timothy Olyphant), the local sheriff is enjoying a baseball game. His deputy, Russell Clank (Joe Anderson), spots Rory Hamill, a local resident, entering the outfield holding a shotgun, presumably drunk. David is forced to shoot and kill the unresponsive Rory when he begins to raise his weapon. David and his wife Judy (Radha Mitchell), the community doctor, begin to notice other town residents exhibiting bizarre behavior, including listlessness and repetitive speech. The next night, a local farmer burns his house down with his wife and son trapped inside, killing them.

While investigating the discovery of a pilot's body in a swamp, David and Russell discover a military aircraft submerged under the water, which David realizes has contaminated the drinking water and caused the town residents' odd behavior. Against the mayor's direct orders, he shuts off the town's water supply. Soon after, communication services are lost in town, and soldiers arrive to take all residents to quarantine at the high school. Everyone is examined for symptoms of infection. Judy does not pass the examination and is separated from David. She explains her fever is due to pregnancy, but is sedated anyway. She wakes strapped to a gurney as the perimeter of the facility is breached by the infected townspeople in an effort to escape. The military personnel evacuate, abandoning Judy and the other civilians. David is nearing evacuation, but escapes and rejoins Russell. They rescue Judy and her hospital assistant, Becca (Danielle Panabaker).

David, Judy, Russell, and Becca make their way out of town on foot, unable to find a working vehicle. They encounter Becca's boyfriend, Scotty, when they pass through his farm. Soldiers raid the farm, shoot Scotty and his mother, and burn the bodies. They learn that the soldiers have been ordered to shoot all civilians who have potentially been exposed. The group repair an older patrol car being stored in David and Judy's garage, and are ambushed by the infected family of Rory. After a struggle, Russell shoots the infected multiple times, and then claims it was to ensure they were dead. This greatly disturbs Judy, who argues with David about Russell's state of mind. Once on the road, they are spotted by an attack helicopter and drive into a car wash for cover. The infected attack and kill Becca by hanging her as the car drives out, and the helicopter destroys the car as the rest of the group runs back to try to help Becca. On foot, Russell disables a passing government SUV with a police spike strip. The driver, presumably a government agent, reveals the cargo plane contained "Trixie," a "Rhabdoviridae prototype" biological weapon. It was en route to Texas to be destroyed by incineration when the plane crashed. Enraged, Russell shoots the driver and threatens Judy and David. When confronted about his behavior, Russell realizes he is infected and, after being disarmed, begs to go on with Judy and David. He later dies while distracting soldiers at a roadblock, so that Judy and David can sneak past.

David and Judy arrive at a truck stop to search for a vehicle, discovering that the military have also executed those who were evacuated. Fending off three infected, they escape in a semi-truck. Ogden Marsh is destroyed in a massive explosion as they flee, and their truck flips in the passing shockwave. As the couple walk towards Cedar Rapids, a view from a military satellite highlights first the couple, then the city, and the words "Initiate containment protocol" appear, signifying a new containment attempt.

In the credits, Bruce Aune, a real newscaster from KCRG-TV 9 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa reports that an explosion originating from the Dakon Pendrill chemical plant started a massive fire in Ogden Marsh. He says a perimeter has been set and civilians are not being allowed into the area. A Trixie-infected individual appears on camera just before the signal is lost.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Much of the film was shot in central Georgia, and Lenox, Iowa, with settings including the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Priester's Pecans in Perry, Georgia, the Fountain Car Wash in Macon, Georgia, areas in Dublin, Georgia, Peach County High School in Fort Valley, Georgia, and areas of Cordele, Georgia (the truck stop used during filming is an old TravelCenters of America site).[2] The film was produced and distributed by Overture Films.[3] The special effects were created by Robert Green Hall.[4] Actress Lynn Lowry, a star from the original film, makes a cameo in the remake billed as "Woman on Bike".

Makeup[edit]

The final stage of the Trixie disease took three hours in the make-up chair to complete.

The makeup for the film was designed by Almost Human Studios, who also did makeup for other horror films such as Quarantine, Frankenfish and Prom Night. Director Breck Eisner's first visions of what the infected would look like were zombies. He and the makeup crew made many molds and sketches of what the infected should look like, with deformities and skin hanging off and so forth. Eventually, he grew tired of the "zombie" look which he believed to be too cliché and decided to go for a more realistic "go under the skin," in which the blood vessels would appear to be bursting forth and face and neck muscles and tendons tight and wrought. Eisner has described this look as "hyper alive."

The director's one and only rule for the makeup design was that they would have to research in medical books and consult medical professionals for the design of the infected. Lead make-up artist Rob Hall said "If we were to pitch something to Breck, about, if you know, one side of his face should look like this, Breck would immediately want to know what disease it came from, and what version of reality it could be implemented into Trixie. But the most important thing was to make sure it felt real. Make it feel like you could get it, too." The basis of the makeup the crew used was mainly rabies, tetanus and Stevens–Johnson syndrome.

Each "Crazy" design has about 21 separate pieces that took over three hours to apply for the final effect seen in the film. Robert stated the final effect in the film seen was not just the makeup, but the lighting, camera angles, and post-production effects were the main factor. The main theme for the design was "stress." He has stated he wanted the "Crazies" to look stressed out. The veins and eyes were the main focus of the design. The contact lenses covered the actors' entire eyes and required eyedrops every five minutes to prevent permanent eye damage.[5]

Release[edit]

The film premiered on February 24, 2010 in Los Angeles[6] and received a wide release in the North America on February 26, 2010.[7] The Canadian DVD and Blu-ray Disc were released June 29, 2010.[8] The DVD and Blu-ray Disc + Digital Copy combo pack was released in the North America on June 29, 2010 and in the UK on July 19.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Reviews for the film have been generally positive. Based on 146 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an overall approval rating of 72%, with an average score of 6.4/10. The site's consensus states the film is "Tense, nicely shot, and uncommonly intelligent, The Crazies is the rare horror remake that works."[10] By contrast, Metacritic calculated a "mixed or average" score of 55% based on 30 reviews.[11]

Michael Phillips of The Chicago Tribune awarded the film 3½ stars of 4 commenting that he "greatly prefer this cleverly sustained and efficiently relentless remake to the '73 edition. It is lean and simple."[12] Eric M. Armstrong of The Moving Arts Film Journal wrote that "The Crazies is a solid B-movie and one of the few remakes that actually surpasses the original."[13] Ty Burr of The Boston Globe gave the film 3/4 stars touting the film as "extremely solid stuff – about as good as you could hope from a B-movie retread."[14] Variety film critic Dennis Harvey also praised the film, writing "While not a slam dunk, this revamp by helmer Breck Eisner (of the enjoyable but underperforming Sahara) emerges an above-average genre piece that's equal parts horror-meller and doomsday action thriller.[15]

However, Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly graded the film a C, writing, "I don't care how this premise has been dressed up, we've seen it a jillion times before."[16] Mike Hale of The New York Times wrote a mixed review stating "The filmmakers seem so determined to make a serious, respectable horror movie that they have only the bare minimum of fun."[17] Amy Biancolli, writing for San Francisco Chronicle, wrote that the remake "boasts less of the plot and fewer characters than the original, but the hairdos are spiffier and the special effects have graduated from cheapo stage blood to the extravagant gross-outs that horror audiences now routinely expect."[18]

Box office[edit]

The film opened at #3 behind Cop Out and Shutter Island with $16,067,552.[19] By May 2010, the film has grossed an estimated $50 million worldwide.[1]

Nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2011 People's Choice Awards Favorite Horror Movie Nominated

Merchandise[edit]

On February 23, 2010, an iPhone app, Beware the Infected, was released.[20]

Comic book[edit]

On February 17, 2010, iTunes released a graphic novel adaptation of the film.[21] A comic book was also released chronicling how the virus was spread. It went on for four issues.

Browser game[edit]

On February 24, 2010, Starz Digital Media released a Facebook game based on the film.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Crazies (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  2. ^ ‘Crazies’ remake filming under way in Perry
  3. ^ "Exclusive: Rob Hall Talks Effects on Remake of The Crazies". DreadCentral. 
  4. ^ "Exclusive photo: THE CRAZIES love Fango!". Fangoria. 
  5. ^ The Crazies DVD Special Feature(s): "Paranormal Pandemics," "Rob Hall make-up featurette," "Behind-the-scenes with Breck Esiner"
  6. ^ "Massive Image Gallery: The LA Crazies Premiere". DreadCentral. 
  7. ^ "The Crazies (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 14, 2009. 
  8. ^ "The Crazies Hit Canadian DVD and Blu-ray in June". DreadCentral. 
  9. ^ The Crazies (US - DVD R1|BD RA) in News > Releases at DVDActive
  10. ^ "The Crazies Movie Review, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  11. ^ "The Crazies reviews at Metacritic.com". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  12. ^ Phillips, Michael (2010-02-25). "'The Crazies': Remake bests the master". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  13. ^ Armstrong, Eric M. (2010-03-10). "'The Crazies (2010)'". The Moving Arts Film Journal. 
  14. ^ Burr, Ty (2010-02-26). "'The Crazies' movie review". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  15. ^ Harvey, Dennis (2010-2-25). "The Crazies Review – Read Variety's Analysis of the Film, The Crazies". Variety. Retrieved 2010-03-01.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  16. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (2010-02-25). "The Crazies". EW. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  17. ^ Hale, Mike (2010-02-26). "Movie Review – The Crazies". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  18. ^ Biancolli, Amy (2010-02-26). "Review: 'The Crazies'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  19. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for February 26–28, 2010". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  20. ^ The Crazies By Petrol Advertising
  21. ^ "Trailer for 'The Crazies' Motion Comic Book". BloodyDisgusting. 
  22. ^ "The Crazies Comic, iPhone App, and Facebook Games Are Here". DreadCentral. 

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