New Banners for THE CRAZIES Will Not Benefit Ogden Marsh’s Tourism Industry

     January 12, 2010


Overture has provided us with three new banners for their upcoming horror flick The Crazies and I’m not sure if they’re the best way to promote Ogden Marsh, the setting of the film.  They say, “Welcome to Ogden Marsh, the friendliest place on Earth,” but that’s pretty difficult to believe.  For starters, have they compared Ogden Marsh to every other place on Earth?  And how do you measure “friendliest”?  This is a highly dubious promotion.  Oh, and the people they put on the posters appear to have a vascular problem and they’re wielding wrenches, pitchforks, and guns.  This may also be a bit of a turn-off to potential visitors.

Based off the 1973 George Romero film of the same name, The Crazies is directed by Breck Eisner, and stars Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson, and Danielle Panabaker. Hit the jump to check out all three banners along with the official synopsis.  The Crazies hits theaters on February 26th.




For those just tuning in, here’s the official synopsis for The Crazies:

Imagine 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 (Pulse, Case 39) and Scott Kosar (The Amityville Horror, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre).

David Dutten (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 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 (Radha Mitchell); Becca (Danielle Panabaker), an assistant at the medical center; and Russell (Joe Anderson), 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.

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