Having never seen George A. Romero’s original 1973 version of The Crazies, I don’t know what to expect, what should be in the film, or should not. In a way I like this…I’m coming to the film fresh and untouched with how it should and shouldn’t be. However with that pro there is a con. I shy away from any spoiler articles such as this one, which keep me out of the loop and when I review the film I won’t be able to make any comparisons. So I’m struggling not to succumb to the temptation and locate the original and see it before tomorrow (when I watch the reboot). With that being said here is the article about the 5 Things That Better be in The Crazies Remake:
1 – The entire opening scene…
Let’s face it, the first 5 minutes of George Romero’s The Crazies really sets the tone for the rest of the movie and it’s a doozy. Allow me to set the scene for you. We’re casually introduced to two children we can only assume are brother and sister. They appear to be around 7 or 8-ish and they’re running around the house in their PJs, brother is playfully trying to scare sister as she turns each corner. Simple enough, right? We can mostly identify? Their innocent game turns insanely uncomfortable when they catch a man we can only assume is their father tearing the place apart. He’s violently knocking shelves over and pouring kerosene on the hardwood floor. In hysterics, the children run to their parent’s bedroom for reassurance. They attempt to wake their mother only to discover that she’s covered in blood. Cut to a shot of the house burning down, opening credits begin.
Wow, need I say more? I’m not asking for a shot by shot remake, but that scene is so effective, I’d really like to see something like this or along the lines of the opening of Zack Snyder and James Gunn’s Dawn of the Dead reboot.
Read the rest of the article here…
Do you agree with the list of 5 things? Have you seen the original?