The Crazies

February 26th 2010
  • Horror/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 101 min,
  • Overture Films
  • Cast: Timothy Olyphant, Danielle Panabaker, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson, Preston Bailey, Lisa K. Wyatt, Christie Lynn Smith, Larry Cedar, Brett Wagner, Joe Reegan, Frank Hoyt Taylor, Lori Beth Edgeman, Brett Rickaby, Chet Grissom, Anthony Winters, Kathryn Kim, Tahmus Rounds, Michael H. Cole, Marian Green, Mike Hickman, Ann Roth, Eric Ditzian, Mickey Cole
  • Director: Breck Eisner
  • Writers: Scott Kosar, Ray Wright, George A. Romero
  • Producers: Michael Aguilar, Rob Cowan, Dean Georgaris
  • Associate Producer: Brian E. Frankish
  • Executive Producer: George A. Romero
  • Art Direction: Jack Blanchard
  • Casting: John Papsidera
  • Costume Design: George L. Little
  • D.O.P.: Maxime Alexandre
  • Editor: Billy Fox
  • Makeup: Leo Corey Castellano
  • Music: Mark Isham
  • Production Design: Andrew Menzies
  • Set Decoration: Cynthia La Jeunesse


David Dutton (Timothy Olyphant) is sheriff of Ogden Marsh, a picture-perfect American town with happy, law-abiding citizens. 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.

Within days, the town has transformed into a sickening asylum; people who days ago lived quiet, unremarkable lives have now become depraved, blood-thirsty killers, hiding in the darkness with guns and knives. Sheriff Dutton tries to make sense of what's happening as the horrific, nonsensical violence escalates. Something is infecting the citizens of Ogden Marsh... with insanity. Now complete anarchy reigns as one by one the townsfolk succumb to an unknown toxin and turn sadistically violent.

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: Sheriff Dutton; his pregnant wife, Judy (Radha Mitchell); Becca (Danielle Panabaker), an assistant at the medical center; and Russell (Joe Anderson), Dutton's deputy and right-hand man. Forced to band together, an ordinary night becomes a horrifying struggle for survival as they do their best to get out of town alive.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Georgia, USA; Iowa, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Bloody violence and language
  • Production Budget: $12 million
  • Production Companies: Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, Overture Films, Participant Media, Penn Station, Road Rebel
  • Production Schedule: 5 March 2009 - May 2009

Featured Articles


2010 Guide Analysis: "The recent rash of horror remakes have generally been rather poor, though one notable exception was Zack Snyder's impressive retooling of Romero's "Dawn of the Dead". Whereas the original 'Dawn' is considered sacred, Romero's low-budget flop "The Crazies" isn't held in such fond regard though isn't without a fanbase. Thus a remake could certainly work despite an overabundance of apocalyptic virus/zombie movies in the past few years.

"Sahara" director Breck Eisner is an interesting choice and should ensure a more professional production value than other films of this type. Two trailers have been released and both have shown a surprisingly dark and violent edge to the story which should be gorier than expected, but also seems to paint the military personnel equally as dangerous as the infected killers. Hopefully a fun, fast, creepy delight."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 26 February 2010: UK
  • 11 March 2010: Netherlands
  • 22 April 2010: Germany
  • 7 May 2010: Taiwan