The Crazies is a 2010 American horror film directed by Breck Eisner. Written by Scott Kosar and Ray Wright, the film is a remake of the 1973 film of the same name by George A. Romero who is also the executive producer and co-writer of the remake.
The Crazies are normal people who have recently contracted an unknown, man-made virus/toxin code-named "Trixie," a 'Rhabdoviridae Prototype', most likely a biological warfare agent transported by the U.S governmental aircraft to arrive Texas in order to become incinerated, but failed as the aircraft catastrophically crashed down in 'Hopman Bog', the water supply of Ogden Marsh. Trixie was possibly engineered by the U.S. Government that was designed to destabilize the population by embarking the population into hostile societies. Crazies have a tendency of retaining a great deal of their intelligence, possibly memories and a sense of identity. Upon infection, Crazies have become irrationally violent and homicidal, eventually murder their families, relatives and random uninfected excepted for the Crazies. The Crazies are highly capable of being armed with weapons and drive vehicles. "Trixie" is transferable through the water, and can possibly go airborne.
In the 1973 original, those infected with Trixie did not show any outward signs. In the remake, the only physical changes "Trixie" indicates signs of disgusting symptoms such as red/purplish large, swollen arteries/veins and rashes, severe nosebleeds and earbleeds, discolored eye contact and elevated temperature. These symptoms are much familiar to the symptoms of rabies, tetanus and Stevens–Johnson syndrome.
The majority of zombie researches do not consider Crazies as actual zombies, since they are not especially resilient, they do not spread their condition virally, and they retain a considerable portion of their intelligence. They are linked to zombie culture because of the fame of their literary creator, and the common link that they are humans irrevocably transformed into irrational killers.
Plot Synopsis (2010 Film)Edit
The movie takes place in Ogden Marsh, Iowa; when a unknown toxin that was supposed to wipeout a population, but instead it's wiping out the wrong population (Humans), crashes in the city's water supply. David Dutton (Timothy Olyphant) is the sheriff of the infected town alongside with is wife Judy Dutton (Radha Mitchell), Judy's assistant Becca Darling (Danielle Panabaker), and his trusted deputy Russell Clank (Joe Anderson) ban together in order to survive against the infected personnel known as Crazies.
Timothy Olyphant as Sheriff David Dutton
Radha Mitchell as Judy Dutton
Danielle Panabaker as Becca Darling
Joe Anderson as Deputy Russell ClankChristie Lynn Smith as Deardre Farnum
Brett Rickaby as William "Bill" Farnum
Preston Bailey as Nicholas Farnum
Lisa K. Wyatt as Peggy Hamill
Justin Welborn as Curt Hamill
Larry Cedar as Principal Ben Sandborn
Joe Reegan as Pvt. Billy Babcock
Glenn Morshower as Intelligence Officer
Plot Synopsis (1973 film)Edit
The film follows two stories, one about the civilians trying to stay alive during the disaster, having to battle both "the crazies" as well as U.S. soldiers ordered to shoot on sight. The other involves the political and military leaders trying to contain the epidemic.
Set in the small town of Evans City, Pennsylvania, the central characters are firefighter David (Will McMillan), his girlfriend, nurse Judy (Lane Caroll)and firefighter Clank (Harold Wayne Jones). David was a Green Beret and Clank an infantryman, both having served inVietnam. The town has seen a number of violent events, including arson at a local farm by a demented farmer. Judy and David are very concerned, since Judy is pregnant.
Meanwhile, heavily armed U.S. troops in NBC suits and gas masks, arrive in town, led by Major Ryder (Harry Spillman), who takes over the doctor's office where Judy works. An Army plane carrying an untested bioweapon crash-landed in the hills near the town, infecting the water supply with a virus code-named "Trixie," causing victims to either die or become homicidal. "Trixie" is highly contagious, with anyone drinking from the Evans City reservoir becoming affected. In Washington D.C., government officials order Colonel Peckem (Lloyd Hollar) to go to Evans City to help contain the virus, while scientist Dr. Watts (Richard France), arrives to develop a cure before the virus spreads.
Officials also deploy bombers armed with nuclear weapons, to destroy the town, if necessary. Mayhem begins when the Army quarantines the town, shooting anyone attempting to escape. The soldiers move the townspeople into the high school, and chaos happens when the sheriff (Robert Karlowsky) is shot with his own pistol. While the townspeople are being rousted from their homes, a soldier encounters a quiet elderly woman. He kindly urges the woman to come with him but she stabs him with her knitting needle. By now, nearly all of the villagers are infected. A group of soldiers are killed by a mob armed with guns and dynamite, after which an infected woman happily sweeps the blood soaked grass. The local priest (Jack Zaharia) is infected. Upset at soldiers rousting his flock, he douses himself with gasoline and sets himself on fire.
David, Judy, Clank, teenager Kathy Fulton (Lynn Lowry), her father Artie (Richard Liberty) and an elderly man are confined to a large van by the soldiers. The van is attacked by infected people and the soldiers try to fight them off, killing both the soldiers and diseased people. The old man wanders off, muttering about the price of gasoline before being captured by more soldiers. Clank and David commandeer the van and the remaining five try to find a way to escape, going to the country club to hide and plan.
Mad from the virus, Artie has sex with his deranged daughter Kathy, believing her to be his late wife. Discovering the pair, Clank beats Artie, who then apparently hangs himself. A shaken Kathy wanders outside, to be shot by soldiers. Believing himself to be infected, Clank kills several soldiers before being shot in the head. Judy, now visibly infected, is killed by armed civilians, despite David's efforts to save her. One of the civilians recognizes David clearly identifies himself as a fellow firefighter, also uninfected and trying to escape. Angry and frightened, David surrenders to the military. He realizes that he is immune to the virus, but keeps it a secret.
The soldiers isolate Dr. Watts in the high school (the same place where the crazies are corralled) allowing him to use the simple chemistry lab. Watts' insists that he might find a cure in a proper laboratory, but he is threatened with brute force. When the doctor finally develops a possible cure, he is mistaken for one of the infected and forced into quarantine by soldiers. The camera lingers over the doctor's face, leaving open the question of whether he has truly found a possible cure or is exhibiting the first signs of infection.
The test tubes containing the vaccine are shattered after the doctor is pushed down a flight of stairs by a stampede of "Crazies."
The last scene shows Colonel Peckem being ordered to relocate to another infected city. He boards a helicopter, looking with sadness at the chaos of the city below.