The Crazies (Breck Eisner, 2010)

CraziesEisner maintains the underlying themes—distrust of those around us, the thin line between sanity and insanity, the complementary terrors of organized versus hysterical violence—of Romero’s original film while also remedying its fundamental budgetary problems and wooden acting. Of course, there are a few elements that veer off-course, particularly its confused depiction of the infected as unnecessarily zombie-ish ghouls, which undercuts the original’s most potent source of horror: the difficulty distinguishing monsters from normal people. Still, it works surprisingly well, in terms of both its extended tension and its deployment of genuinely unsettling images and situations that linger in the mind long after it’s over.

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