October 1, 2009

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Zombies are back, though I’m not sure they ever left. On the eve of Zombieland hitting theaters, a trailer for “The Crazies” has finally gone live. As we reported on Wednesday, the film is a remake of a 1973 George Romero film of the same name. The remake stars Timothy Olyphant and takes place in a small Iowa town where a toxin contaminates the water supply, turning everyone completely crazy. The trailer and my thoughts on it after the jump.

Here’s the trailer. Click here for HD.

Maybe I’m a sucker, but this looks interesting to me. It will likely have some run of the mill zombie moments, but the villagers look a lot smarter than your ordinary hell-raised zombie. They’re behavior is reminiscent of the villagers in the game Resident Evil 4, who are infected with an actual creature called Los Plagos. They were completely deranged and murderous, but could rally together and had some general intelligence. Like the Los Plagos, these infected don’t seem interested in biting, just murder. I wonder how many ways this can spread. The way director Breck Eisner handles the gov’t quarantine may make or break this film.

timothy_olyphant_the_crazies_movie_image_01.jpgReally, any trailer using the Donnie Darko theme “Mad World” (a Tears for Fears remake by Gary Jules) is worth checking out. I can’t think of a more depressing song. What do you guys think?

Below is the full description released with the trailer.

A husband and wife in a small Midwestern town find themselves battling for survival as their friends and family descend into madness in The Crazies. A mysterious toxin in the water supply turns everyone exposed to it into mindless killers and the authorities leave the uninfected to their certain doom in this terrifying reinvention of the George Romero horror classic. Directed by Breck Eisner (Sahara), The Crazies is written by Ray Wright (Pulse, Case 39) and Scott Kosar (The Amityville Horror, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). The American Dream goes horribly wrong when the residents of this picture-perfect town begin to succumb to an uncontrollable urge for violence and the horrific bloodshed escalates into anarchy. In an attempt to contain the epidemic, the military uses deadly force to close off access into or out of town, abandoning the few healthy citizens to the growing mayhem as depraved killers lurk in the shadows. Sheriff David Dutton (Timothy Olyphant); his pregnant wife, Judy (Radha Mitchell); Becca (Danielle Panabaker), an assistant at the medical center; and Russell (Joe Anderson), Dutton’s deputy and right-hand man, find themselves trapped in a once idyllic town they can no longer recognize. Unable to trust former neighbors and friends, deserted by the authorities and terrified of contracting the illness themselves, they are forced to band together in a nightmarish struggle for survival.

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