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The Crazies


In a terrifying tale of the American Dream gone horribly wrong, four residents of Ogden Marsh, IA find themselves trapped in their hometown in this reinvention of the George Romero classic.

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PAUSE for kids age 16
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Gory, scary horror remake with anti-military message.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that THE CRAZIES is a violent, somewhat cynical remake of a 1973 film by famed horror director George A. Romero. The tense movie is filled with strong language, disturbing images, i.e. grisly piles of mutilated and burned corpses, as well as blood, jump-scares, and other frightening moments. But despite this, and the over-reliance on genre clichs, the movie contains some interesting ideas and should spark some good conversation between parents and older teens about the role of the military in society and the human instinct for survival.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the violence in the film. Did the movie's high body count have a shocking or a numbing effect on you? Why or why not?
  • Which are worse, the "crazies" or the military men? Why? What message about the military do you think this movie sends? What role does the military play in our lives, past and present?
  • In the movie, there's no way to tell when someone first comes down with the virus. How far would you trust a friend or a family member in this situation? Talk about humanity's instinct to survive.
  • In the early scenes, Becca tells an outright lie to her boss so she can meet her boyfriend. Do you still sympathize with her after this? Why? Is it ever OK to lie?

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3 stars

Enjoyed it throughout decent movie pretty obvious what would happen but not bad. Now i have to go back and watch the original, I hear its much different. Even the overall theme is different in the original than this one. Putting in my q now. Was not a bad movie. I really like timothy Olyphant. He needs to get more work!

- jmanard52, Monday, August 2, 2010

2 stars

I like Timothy Olyphant. I loved Deadwood and Die Hard 4. I did not like this movie. It's a remake, which is very bad news. But it's a remake of a Romero movie, which is good. So it's basically a wash. The film started off good enough, but i quickly lost interest and couldn't wait for it to end. Then they go and push off the ending for a sequel, which every film does nowadays. I hope I don't have to see it.

- middleeasternfilms, Monday, October 18, 2010

4 stars

Ooh-hoo hoo. This movie is damn snazzy. It's pretty much about a town that being attacked by zombies who are angry, but not hungry. It's just shameful wasteful how they treat their prey. One of the things I like most about this movie is how organic the characters are and the events move, which ends up making the scares organic and terribly creepy as well. One of the things I found freakiest and that sets it apart from most other zombie movies is that people don't have a definite point in ther infection where they turn into a "crazy"; it's a change that's so gradual that by the time thier loved ones realize that there's no medical help for this type of disease, the victim is attacking them with a circular saw and it's obviously too late. Until then, they're still talking and walking around, and it's not clear that they don't just have fever delirium. I also really liked the logic that the film used to distribute the virus and infect the town. I also liked the way the characters reacted to each other, since it really makes it seem like they've known each other all thier lives.There is a lot of filmmaking skill at work in this film, which makes it a lot easier to get into the story and get freaked out. I'm even willing to forgive the silly use of an atomic bomb. Only movies we love can get away with a Hollywood-nuke. Indiana Jones 4 was not so lucky.

- MidnightMadwoman, Monday, September 27, 2010