The Crazies

  • 15
  • Breck Eisner (2010)
  • US
  • 97 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Even horror maestro George A Romero admits his 1973 cult favourite wasn't a satisfactory treatment of the devastating effect a biochemical disaster has on a small town. So this upgrade from Sahara director Breck Eisner is a much more worthwhile remake than most. In an expert reinvention, sheriff Timothy Olyphant and his pregnant wife Radha Mitchell try to escape the deadly virus that's turning the local population into zombie-like psychopathic killers and spreading faster than the panic it creates. Appropriating many iconic images from the original, Eisner buffs them up and puts the suspenseful action on a far bigger canvas by using wide-open spaces to superbly creepy effect. The horror moments are equally well staged and sustained, with the car-wash attack a particular highlight. Not only is the film effective in making points about potential quarantine dangers, but also in how they could be horribly mishandled, and it's all frighteningly underlined by the shocking finale.

Plot Summary

Horror starring Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell. The water supply of a small Iowa town is contaminated by a mysterious chemical spill that turns those who come into contact with it into zombie-like killers. It falls to Sheriff David Dutton to get to the bottom of the situation and at the same time save his own family.

Cast and crew


Sheriff David Dutton
Timothy Olyphant
Dr Judy Dutton
Radha Mitchell
Becca Darling
Danielle Panabaker
Russell Clank
Joe Anderson
Deardra Farnum
Christie Lynn Smith
Private Billy Babcock
Joe Reegan
Principal Ben Sandborn
Larry Cedar
Intelligence officer
Glenn Morshower


Breck Eisner

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Momentum Pictures
Violence and swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 26 Feb 2010
Certificate 15