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The Crazies:

March 14, 2010

The Crazies (2010)

The Crazies

This remake of a 1973 George A. Romero horror film that doesn’t rely on the typical over indulgence of gore that permeates so many current horror film.  It might be a little cheesy and cliche at times but it is a solid horror film that is very classic.

The story is a pretty typical one for a horror film.  A mind altering toxin is accidentally released into a small town in Iowa’s water supply.  The un-infected people have to try and survive against those who are infected and want to kill everyone and they have to survive the government as they come in to clean up the mess.

The acting is much as you would expect for a horror film.  Timothy Olyphant does a solid job playing the small towns sheriff and Joe Anderson steals the show at times playing the slightly off beat deputy.  They aren’t great actors in the film, but they aren’t as annoying as the normal scream idiots that show up in horror films.  Even the actresses in the film are solid as compared to the typical dumb blond eye candy.  They might not be as memorable in terms of their acting talent, but they don’t detract from the film, which is very nice to see.

Probably the best thing about this film is there are two brilliant scenes.  One at the beginning of the film where they line up ways to kill one of the bit characters.  It starts out with a light in the barn from a combine and the character walks out there and she stands in front of the combine, and nothing happens.  Then she turns off the combine and hears a scream from her son inside.  So she runs back inside and finds her son who tells her that her husband has a knife so they go hide in a closet.  Instead of breaking through the closet door, he locks them in instead and pours gasoline on the door, down the steps and out to the porch before lighting the house on fire.  It is really well done in that it takes you from one means of death to another so smoothly and it is almost at the point where it is funny because you know the deaths are coming, but you don’t know when or how.  The other amazing scene has to do with a car wash, and you just have to see that one to enjoy it.

This is just a very classic horror film.  It doesn’t try and have a profound plot or a ton of twists.  It keeps the jumps pretty simple, and even with that they worked quite well in the theaters.  And most importantly, in my opinion, is the fact it wasn’t a gorno (a combination of gore and porno) but relies on creating a simple and entertaining jump scenes and simple suspense.

Entertainment Grade: B+

Critical Grade: C+

Overall Grade: B

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