Evil Dead, It and the 15 greatest horror movie remakes of all-time

Photo: Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3.. Courtesy Starz
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11. The Crazies (2010)

When a rage virus infects a small town, the lone survivors must do their best to stave off the wild horde and protect their families without becoming part of the infected themselves. The Crazies is a remake of the George Romero film of the same name.

Coming from the horror genius that is Romero, this movie already had a leg up on many of its competitors, especially because Romero himself gave this movie his blessing.

It follows in the same footprints as its predecessor, but where the first movie fell prey to some of the qualms of the ’70s such as poor special effects, the remake was able to improve in some areas and deliver a more assertive and slick film while still keeping in line with the theme of military forces failing to protect the people they’re meant to serve.

Timothy Olyphant delivers a rugged and gritty performance as David, the Pierce County sheriff who first begins to notice the effects of the mysterious virus. Another production element that makes The Crazies a laudable remake is the realism of its make-up.

Director Breck Eisner rejected the typical “zombie” look and decided instead he wanted to go for a hyper-alive appearance for the infected. This made the film all the more grounded and scary due to how realistic it felt as if a rage virus could really happen to any neighborhood in middle America.