We’ve all been burnt by bad horror movie remakes. Nightmare on Elm Street couldn’t have stunk any harder if Freddie Krueger had personally tea-bagged the viewer. So hurrah for The Crazies, a taut update on George A. Romero‘s 1973 chiller. The premise is simple: a town’s good citizens are very quickly becoming homicidal maniacs and nobody is sure why. When the army moves in to restore order, things only get worse. Justified‘s Timothy Olyphant is the upright sheriff who is just trying to get the hell out of there, while wifey Radha Mitchell is turning into quite a scream queen. The suspense scenes are well-handled, too: Olyphant’s attempt to fight off a pair of nutzoids with a knife sticking out his hand ranks as one of the best action sequences of the year.
Extras: Tons of great goodies, including deleted scenes, commentary from director Breck Eisner (Sahara) and a copy of the script.
– By C. Bottomley
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