The Crazies Remake Trailer Starring Timothy Olyphant


Well I can already tell that Breck Eisner’s The Crazies is probably going to get accused of looking too similar to various other movies, in particular, M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening… and that comparison is certainly not doing it any favours. It also could be classified as a zombie movie of sorts, but of course, it’s not the undead kind, it’s the violent infection kind, a la 28 Days Later or The Signal. The fact that it is a remake of a George A. Romero movie is probably only going to increase the use of the Z-word. Putting all of that aside, does the first trailer for The Crazies look decent? I’d have to say, yes it does.

What I like about the original is the fact that it focuses on survivors trying to stay alive in a town that has been quarantined by the military. This seems to be staying true to that, although apparently the outbreak comes from a toxin in the water supply rather than a biological weapon. Breck Eisner previously directed the ridiculous Sahara starring Matthew McConaughey, but I did catch his episode of Fear Itself and thought it was pretty good. The movie also stars Timothy Olyphant, who seems capable of making any movie watchable (although I have yet to see Hitman). The only thing I didn’t like was the use of the “Mad World” song that has become synonymous with Donnie Darko, but I suppose the lyrics kinda work. Either way I’m willing to give this a shot. The Crazies hits theatres on February 26, 2010; the trailer is embedded after the jump, but you can also watch it in HD over at

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  • First off– “Mad World” was a horrible choice, given the tone of the rest of the trailer.

    Second– It actually looks like an enjoyable little horror film, but they really should have considered using a different title. “The Crazies” really sounds like a horror/comedy.

    I’ll check this out on DVD for sure.

  • This looks like it could be added to the short list of remakes that are better than the original (which was outrageously boring to me).

  • Ross F

    Honestly,…I don’t get all the hate on the use of Mad World. I liked it. Guess it’s just me. The movie look pretty good as well.

  • Matt

    I think Mad World is one of those songs that is reaching critical mass of being lame and cliched when used in a movie trailer. The movie looks fantastic

  • jaime

    This movie look’s crazie……….Crazie good!

  • swarez

    Aside from being used in Donnie Darko where has Mad World been used before?

  • Napalm

    swarez: in the trailer for Gears of War.

  • Napalm

    Lol even this one has a cellphone “no signal” scene.

  • swarez

    Gears of War? That doesn’t count really.

    So it’s been used twice, three times if you count GOW. Can’t really claim that it’s been over used. It’s just that it’s so connected to Donnie Darko that it seems out of place anywhere else.

  • dusty

    Whenever I hear Timothy Olyphant speak in films (& the incredible Deadwood) he always reminds me of Bill Paxton.

  • angelus38

    I suggest checking out Romero’s original first and then watch this one. It is is always better to see the original first. But this does look good!