The Crazies
, directed by Breck Eisner, 2010

I often have a gut reaction to a movie wherein I fall in love with it upon first viewing only to find that love tempered after a few rewatches. That's not the case with The Crazies. The more I watch Breck Eisner's superior updating of George Romero's vintage film (I wouldn't exactly call it a classic), the more I'm convinced that it's one of the best remakes of the last decade. It's not up there with Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead redo, but I'd say it's certainly in league with the Last House on the Left remake as far as quality goes.

As with Last House, there are a few elements that nag me, but they're not enough to make me dislike the film as a whole. I don't think they're obnoxious per se, but I am a little disappointed at how many jump scares are in the movie. On the one hand they never feel cheap, unlike in The Wolfman, but the characters are so strong that there are plenty of instances where you're on edge without having to have something suddenly jut loudly into the screen. That and one too many 'in the nick of time' saves are really the only faults I have with The Crazies. And even those are minor.
categories Reviews, Horror