When the calendar page turns to October, we Rejects have only one thought: horror. To celebrate this grandest and darkest of months, we’ll cover one excellent horror film a day for the entirety of the month. That’s 31 Days of Horror and 31 Films perfect for viewing on a dark, chilly, October night. If you, like us, love horror and Halloween, give us a Hell Yeah and keep coming every day this month for a new dose of adrenaline.
Synopsis: A small town is turned upside down when a military spawned virus is accidentally released into their water supply, turning them into raging, blood thirsty crazies with little regard for human life. With no way of stopping the assault, Sheriff Dutton attempts to lead a small group of survivors out of town.
Killer Scene: Things get pretty intense inside of a car wash and people you’ve picked to survive drop like flies throughout the story, though the best scene for my money is the ending scene. Sheriff Dutton and his wife have finally made it to the military rendezvous point and discover just how the government planned on dealing with any survivors. While deciding what to do, the group is attacked by three crazed bikers leading to an epic battle in a trucking garage.
Violence: With 24 on-screen kills and nine off-screen kills, plus a downer of an ending, it’s safe to say that Breck Eisner’s version of The Crazies is a violent affair. There are some sweet, slow pitch fork kills, tons of bullets spread about, a few stabbings, and someone gets set on fire for good measure. It’s not sickeningly violent, but it’s full of action violence.
Sex: Pretty much a complete and total bummer on the sex front. Sure, there are some pretty faces in Radha Mitchell and Danielle Panabaker, but they’re not doing anything sexy or naked, so the only thing that won’t go crazy is blood flow to your hang-down.
Scares: There are more than a few jump scares sprinkled throughout the story, but early on the Crazies are demented folks, the kind that will burn their families to death, whistle a happy tune, and then go about mowing the grass. Or they might get a few friends together and go out hunting townsfolk. By the end they’re virtually zombies, fairly mindless killing machines, but the film manages a good balance between the jump scares and the creepy vibe.
Final Thoughts: The Crazies stands as one of the better remakes of recent times, hell of all times, and is currently a front-runner for Best Horror Film of 2010. If you haven’t seen this one yet, do yourself a favor and track it down, it’s a creepy good time, perfect for late October viewing.
With slick editing and great performances from Timothy Olyphant and Joe Anderson, The Crazies moves beyond just being a good horror movie and is an all around good film, with relatable characters, real drama, and plenty of tension.