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The Crazies, 2010 – Movie Review. Glasgow Film Festival

Posted by LiveFor on February 25, 2010

Director: Breck Eisner
Starring: Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell
Released: February 26th 2010

This review by Richard Bodsworth

The Hollywood production line continues to churn out remakes of old horror films, this months outing is a reimagining of George A. Romero’s 1973 The Crazies…

When a small town is plagued by a mysterious virus, the military are called in to control the infected citizens. Sherriff David Dutton and his nurse wife Judy attempt to make their way to a safe place while dodging their crazy neighbours and the military with their shoot on sight policy.

Before we have even settled in to our seats the first ‘incident’ occurs on the town baseball field, a local man shot dead by Sherriff Timothy Olyphant. What follows is a slow building creep crawl as more of the town members begin to be struck down by the virus. Some nice, tense scenes including one which features a combine harvester create some solid tension before the military intervene, declaring martial law on the town. This is where the film switches to the predictable formula that we have been accustomed to for the past few years. You know exactly what to expect in each scene, where each ‘crazy’ is, what the outcome will be, all of this accompanied with a slow pull out and pan with accompanying screeching music. Eisner manages to botch some major set pieces with the technique, and by the time he fails to capitalise on what could have been an all so terrifying car wash sequence, you know this isn’t moving far out of mediocre territory. The crazies themselves are weak; except a Joker-esque laughing Crazy and another scraping a pitchfork across the ground, the rest are dull, veiny faced Madonna lookers.

You do have to credit Eisner however, as he manages to avoid the ‘torture-porn’ route, but you do wonder if a gore-fest may have been more fun than an attempted nerve shredded from the man who brought us Sahara. Romero films have always been signalled out as having underlying political themes and in his original he touched on the idea of surveillance but you’d be scraping the barrel trying to find such stuff in this version. I sincerely hope that the line, “The Crazies are loose!” was an attempt at embracing its B movie origins, if not it deserves a lower rating!

Verdict: **

While there may be enough to satisfy a few, it’s not quite the fun many had expected leaving us another by the book horror remake.

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Flash Gordon – Breck Eisner talks remake in 3D

Posted by LiveFor on February 19, 2010

The original Flash Gordon comic strip is just beautiful and the Buster Crabbe version reminds me of being a kid. I also love the 80′s version with Brian Blessed booming “Gordon’s Alive!” The recent TV show does not exist in my mind. News of another version of Flash has been on my radar for a while and now director Breck Eisner (The Crazies) has been chatting about it to Sci-Fi Wire.

“It’s a movie that is in no way a remake or a re-imagining or a reboot of the ’80s version or the serial version,”
said Eisner. “No Queen [music]. It is not camp in any way. We’re going back to the original Alex Raymond [comic strip] scripts and imagining if he were living today, what would those strips be like?”

“Flash Gordon is a movie I’ve been pursuing for years, and I finally was able to orchestrate it going to Sony from Hearst,” Eisner said.

“We hired writers a year ago. I’ve been breaking story with them since I wrapped post on [The Crazies]. We’ve got an awesome, very long-form outline that they’re now executing a script off of, which I should have in two months or so to the studio.”

“It will definitely be in 3-D, unless they come out with 4-D before then,”

“It’s a very expensive movie,” admits Eisner. “Do they have and do they want to spend the kind of money it’s going to take to pull this thing off?”

It does sound as if this is the film Eisner really wants to make. “It’s one that I will be passionate enough about forever and will hope to be able to make,” says Eisner. “It’s action, it’s adventure, it’s intense, it’s dynamic. It’s a strong central character who goes on a dynamic journey. It should be a really amazing movie if we can get it made.”

Eisner’s The Crazies is out on 26th February.

Do you want to see a new Flash Gordon? Who could play Flash and Ming?

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The Crazies – Clip – Where’s Dad?

Posted by LiveFor on February 11, 2010

Imagine living in a small town where everything is safe and happyuntil suddenly it isnt. Imagine your friends and neighbors going quickly and horrifically insane. In a terrifying tale of the American Dream gone horribly wrong, four friends find themselves trapped in their hometown in The Crazies, a reinvention of the George Romero classic directed by Breck Eisner

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 houseafter 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 Dutten tries to make sense of whats happening as the horrific, nonsensical violence escalates. Something is infecting the citizens of Ogden Marshwith 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 wont let anyone in or out even those uninfected. The few still sane find themselves trapped: Sheriff Dutten; his pregnant wife, Judy (Radha Mitchell); Becca (Danielle Panabaker), an assistant at the medical center; and Russell (Joe Anderson), Duttens 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.

Due out on 26th February.

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The Crazies – New trailer

Posted by LiveFor on January 14, 2010

David Dutten 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 Dutten 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 Dutten; his pregnant wife, Judy; Becca, an assistant at the medical center; and Russell, Dutten’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

The Crazies is directed by Breck Eisner and stars Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Danielle Panabaker, Joe Anderson and Joe Reegan. It is out next month in the US.

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The Crazies – Finally a trailer for the remake

Posted by LiveFor on October 2, 2009

Here is the trailer for the Romero remake by Breck Eisner. It stars Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Danielle Panabaker, Joe Anderson and Joe Reegan.

Have a watch and let me know what you thinkg.

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The Crazies – New poster for the remake

Posted by LiveFor on September 29, 2009

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The story revolves around the inhabitants of a small Iowa town who are suddenly beset by death and insanity after a plane crash lets loose a mysterious secret biological weapon into the water supply.

Here is a new poster for Breck Eisner’s remake of The Crazies that stars Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Danielle Panabaker, Joe Anderson and Joe Reegan.

It is a remake of George Romero’s 1973 film. The new one is due out on 26th February 2010.

Source: First Showing

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The Crazies – Full synopsis for the Romero Remake

Posted by LiveFor on September 4, 2009

the_crazies01Imagine living in a small town where everything is safe and happy… until suddenly it isn’t. Imagine your friends and neighbors going quickly and horrifically insane. In a terrifying tale of the “American Dream” gone horribly wrong, four friends find themselves trapped in their hometown in “The Crazies,” a reinvention of the George Romero classic directed by Breck Eisner from a screenplay by Ray Wright and Scott Kosar.

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.

Source: STYD

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The Crazies – What will they look like? Eisner spills his guts

Posted by LiveFor on April 16, 2009

Recently a selection of film press people were invited to the Georgia set of The Crazies, a remake of the 1973 original by George Romero.

As I’ve mentioned previously Breck Eisner (Sahara) directs from a script by Ray Wright (Pulse) and Scott Kosar (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – 2003). A chemical weapon has invaded the water supply of the small rural Iowa town of Ogden Marsh and it is turning infected into raving lunatics. While the original offered a heavy dose of military perspective, the remake presents the military as more of an ominous presence tasked with correcting the problem and also covering it up along the way. Kind of like the way the military were portrayed in the original Half-Life.

Timothy Olyphant stars as Sheriff David Dutton; Radha Mitchell is his pregnant wife, Dr. Judy Dutton; Joe Anderson is Deputy Russell Clank and Danielle Panabaker is the hospital receptionist, Becca.

“In this scene we’re lining up, basically heading to the concentration camp and we don’t know what’s going to happen to us,” says Radha Mitchell. “I don’t think the government officials know exactly how they are going to deal with us either. They are measuring everyone’s temperature to see who’s got an elevated temperature. And the people that appear to be sick are being pushed in one direction and the other people are being pushed in the other direction.”

“[My character] has an elevated temperature because she’s pregnant, but of course they don’t believe that or they don’t care. So she’s going in one direction and he’s going in the other and its hopefully going to be quite dramatic.”

Breck Eisner really likes the filming in the wide open spaces of Georgia “I really wanted the wide open plains,” says Eisner. “What worked nicely here is we could have that same scope. I wanted this idea that our heroes are not trapped in small boxes, but open spaces that go on for miles and miles and miles. There’s literally nowhere to hide.”

To design the Crazies, Eisner and makeup designer Rob Hall went to great lengths to differentiate the look from classic zombies. “The challenge for us was making them look interesting and iconic but not like zombies,” says Eisner. “We didn’t want them to be so far over the top that you don’t believe that it could be a sickness that made this happen.”

To do this, Eisner and Hall referenced actual diseases such as Tetanus, Ebola and Rabies.

“They are really horrific looking,” says Olyphant. “They are strained looking. Their bodies are kind of arched and their veins are popping out and their blood vessels are popping. Their eyes are kind of blood [shot].”

“They’re almost like they’re the opposite of dead,” adds Hall. “There’s too much life in them so they’re like bursting at the seams. Their faces are red and there are blood blisters and veins and they’re very vascular.”

“There are five stages of The Crazies,” Eisner explains. “The first is before anything happens, the fifth is when you’re dead. The second stage is a performance-based craziness which is somebody you know acting differently but not looking differently at all. The next two stages are various levels of physical differences.”

But the director was careful not to turn The Crazies into a military action chase movie. “When I came on the movie, I wanted to get rid of the point of view of the military,” says Eisner. “Any time you [have that], it goes away from horror and it goes to action, Bourne Identity kind of action. To me it was much more interesting being in the point-of-view of our townsfolk and with this oppressive, nameless, faceless force of the military and the bio-containment suits wandering around.”

“[I wanted to] put them through the terror [along with] the other infected Crazies that are roaming the town. It’s horrific and graphic, but I wanted a real quality to it. We’re not shying away from blood.”

The Crazies opens 25th September 2009 and I cannot wait. Sounds like it should be quite an intense film.

Source: Dark Horizons

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The Crazies – First look at Timothy Olyphant

Posted by LiveFor on April 15, 2009

Bloody Disgusting debuted this new photo as well as a set visit report for The Crazies.

Looks like Timmy boy has got himself into some trouble

As well as Olyphant, The Crazies stars Radha Mitchell, Danielle Panabaker, Joe Anderson, Joe Reegan, and a whole town full of crazy Kansas locals. The story revolves around the inhabitants of a small Kansas town who are beset by death and insanity after a plane crash lets loose a secret biological weapon into the water supply. This is a remake of George Romero’s 1973 film The Crazies and is being directed by Breck Eisner.

Source: First Showing

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Breck Eisner to remake Flash Gordon and The Creature from the Black Lagoon

Posted by LiveFor on April 15, 2009

Breck Eisner is currently busy directing the remake of George Romero’s The Crazies.

It looks like he has got a taste for remakes as Arrow in the Head chatted to him about Flash Gordon and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Flash Gordon has always been a character I’ve enjoyed. The old comic by Alex Raymond has some beautiful artwork, as does the work by Al Williamson. The Buster Crabbe black and white serial was always fun to watch (loved the spacecraft designs in that one) and the Sam Jones Flash Gordon film was a camp masterpiece – Max Von Sydow was Ming the Merciless. The less said about the recent TV series the better.

Here is what Eisner had to say about his version of Flash Gordon:

“We broke story with the writers [Matt] Sazama and [Burk] Sharpless for the last five or six months or so. They went to draft just as we started shooting, and they’re going to get to me a draft at wrap. I’ll read it and do notes and we’ll do a polish on that and give it to the studio a couple months from now. Hopefully the studio will like it and we’ll go forward. It’s a big movie and the studio has got to love the script.”

“The thing about FLASH is, you’ve got to throw away the 80s version of it. I want it to be intense, aggressive, gritty and real. For me it’s about reinventing FLASH – we’re still staying true to the adventure origins of it, and the adventurous spirit in that movie, absolutely. It’s this man brought to another planet and uniting the disperate groups on Mongo, but there is a gritty, intense, dynamic, active quality to the movie. Very modern. It’s not camp.”

I quite like the sound of this revamp. Lots of adventure and action is always good.

The Creature from the Black Lagoon is one of those sci-fi horror classics of yesteryear. I was lucky enough to get it in a DVD box set from my wife last Christmas. It is a great film, although some of the dialogue and acting is a bit of its time. The creature suit and underwater filming though is simply stunning even after all these years. What Eisner has to say about this remake sounds promising:

“I want it to be scary. It’s a bigger movie, so it’s not an R rated scary, it’s gonna be a PG-13 scary. CREATURE takes you to a place you’ve never been before, it’s one of the last untamed places on the edge of the Earth where you find this creature that has been living and hiding there forever, basically. It’s definitely going for a dark adventure tone, but I want it to be scary.”

This is definitely ripe for a remake.

Out of the two I think the Flash Gordon one is the most exciting, yet the Black Lagoon remake may end up being the most satisfying.

Which of the two remakes are you most excited about?

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