Sizzle Reel for THE CRAZIES Starring Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson, and Danielle Panabaker

     February 25, 2010

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A sizzle reel for Breck Eisner’s upcoming horror film The Crazies has just gone up online and it’s pretty damn cool.  For those who don’t know, a sizzle reel is a combination of a featurette with a trailer. You don’t see any behind-the-scenes stuff, but you have the actors talking about the film, while some really intense action is happening on screen.  I’m hearing good things about the movie, which is terrific since 90% of mainstream horror movies seem to phone in it these days.

Hit the jump to check out the sizzle reel along with the official synopsis.  Also, you can click here to read an interview with Danielle Panabaker, click here to read an interview with Breck Eisner, and click here to read my set report from last year.

The Crazies hits theaters tomorrow.  Look for Bill Graham’s review later tonight.

Danielle Panabaker The Crazies (1).jpgFor 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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