The Crazies
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David Dutten is sheriff of Ogden Marsh, a picture-perfect American. But one night, one of them comes to a school baseball game with a loaded shotgun, ready to kill. Another man burns down his own house, after locking his wife and young son in a closet inside. Something is infecting the citizens of Ogden Marsh -- with insanity. In an effort to keep the madness contained, the government uses deadly force to close off all access and won't let anyone in or out -- even those uninfected. The few still sane find themselves trapped: Forced to band together, an ordinary night becomes a horrifying… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"[A] respectable update."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Unlike Romero's film, what's missing is a trenchant sense of connection to our historical moment."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Activism-minded moviegoers will welcome the second coming of Romero's cautionary tale, but they'll have to sit through one hell of a nasty pitchfork scene to get the message."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Don't be afraid of the horror remake stigma here; be afraid of The Crazies' constant, electric hum of dread."
‑ John Gholson, Cinematical
"Without any palpable sense of terror or political subtext, the film is analogous to its not-exactly-zombie townsfolk who stagger about purposefully but blankly."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"While it loses the charm of Romero's low-budget clunkiness, it is in all other regards superior."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"It's kind of crazy, but it's also pretty smart. And if your nervous system can stand it, you should see it."
‑ A.O. Scott, At the Movies
"Some genuinely scary scenes aren't enough to save this tired and unnecessary remake."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"Without giving a lot away, you'll be creeped a handful of times."
‑ Dave White,
"Possibly worth watching for a bit of a laugh if you're a fan of Romero, or horror generally, but it's nothing that'll be remembered for long after you leave the theatre."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"The incoherence is made all the more disappointing because Eisner displays a great deal of raw talent for the genre's tone and set pieces."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, NPR
"The blood is certainly convincing these days, but it generally flows only in the safest and most inoffensive, uncontroversial directions."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"If you haven't seen that many horror films, you might find it thrilling, but for those of you who are familiar with the genre you will most likely find yourself bored, and wishing for something more original."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"It doesn't stray that far from its conventional horror roots but what it does, it does ... adequately. Which, if we're honest, is a lot more than you expect out of something called The Crazies."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"A goofy but entertaining and creepy horror film..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
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