Ho ricordi un po' vaghi (ma abbastanza amorevoli) dell'originale di Romero del 1973; la nuova versione de La città verrà distrutta all'alba mi pare ne riprenda il concetto generale e poco altro.
In una piccola cittadina della provincia americana precipita un aereo che trasporta una tossina. La sua diffusione - attraverso l'acqua - porta ad una epidemia di follia ed istinti omicidi.
In mezzo al caos, sembrano restare sani lo sceriffo e sua moglie, il vice ed una manciata di altre persone (che evidentemente tracannavano solo alcolici e non si lavavano da giorni ); l'arrivo dell'esercito non sarà foriero di pace e tranquillità.
Una buona partenza ed un finale noto e prevedibile ma accettabile, il film ha qualche pecca realizzativa ma nel complesso riesce a tenere alta la tensione.
Pur non presentando niente di mai visto prima, molte scene sono ben costruite; il problema è una eccessiva lunghezza che ad un certo punto fa un po' "sedere" il film, vittima della sindrome "e adesso cosa facciamo succedere?". Si segnalano anche una serie di dialoghi molto banali: una ripulita alla sceneggiatura non avrebbe fatto male.
Per il resto, si guarda senza sforzi.
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Crazies, The (2010)
Regista: Breck Eisner
Scrittore: Scott Kosar, Ray Wright
Genere: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Valutazione: 7.0/10 (8060 voti)
Durata: 101 min
Paese: USA, United Arab Emirates
- Timothy Olyphant .... David Dutton
- Radha Mitchell .... Judy Dutton
- Joe Anderson .... Russell Clank
- Danielle Panabaker .... Becca Darling
- Christie Lynn Smith .... Deardra Farnum
- Brett Rickaby .... Bill Farnum
- Preston Bailey .... Nicholas
- John Aylward .... Mayor Hobbs
- Joe Reegan .... Pvt. Billy Babcock
- Glenn Morshower .... Intelligence Officer
As a toxin begins to turn the residents of Ogden Marsh, Iowa into violent psychopaths, sheriff David Dutton tries to make sense of the situation while he, his wife, and two other unaffected townspeople band together in a fight for survival.
Trivia random: "We'll Meet Again," the Johnny Cash song the film opens with is from the same album that provided "The Man Comes Around," which was used to open for the remake of Dawn of the Dead (2004). The album is American IV - the last one released before Cash died. "The Man Comes Around" and "We'll Meet Again" are the opening and closing tracks, respectively. Link this trivia
Citazione random: David Dutton: Don't ask me why I can't leave without my wife and I won't ask you why you can.
Filmography links and data courtesy of IMDb.
Romero, George A. (I)
Nome di battesimo: Romero, George Andrew
Data di nascita: 4 February 1940
Altezza: 6' 5" (1.96 m)
Coniuge: Christine Forrest::(1981 - present), Nancy Romero::(1971 - 1978) (divorced)
- Deadtime Stories 2 (2010) .... (executive producer) [produttore]
- The Crazies (2010) .... (executive producer) [produttore]
- Deadtime Stories (2009) .... (executive producer) [produttore]
- Into the Dark: Exploring the Horror Film (2009) .... (executive producer) [produttore]
- Survival of the Dead (2009) .... (written by) [scrittore]
- Day of the Dead (2008) .... (motion picture "Day of the Dead") [scrittore]
- Dead Eyes Open (2008) .... Scientist [attore]
- One for the Fire: The Legacy of 'Night of the Living Dead' (2008) .... (executive producer) [produttore]
- Diary of the Dead (2007) .... (written by) [scrittore]
- Il pianto della statua (2007) .... (short story "Passion and Extasy") [scrittore]
George A. Romero never set out to become a Hollywood figure; however, by all indications, he was very successful. The director of the groundbreaking "Dead" pentalogy was born February 4, 1940, in New York City. He grew up there until attending the renowned Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduation, he began shooting mostly short films and commercials. He and his friends formed "Image Ten Productions" in the late 1960s and they all chipped in roughly US$10,000 a piece to produce what became one of the most celebrated American horror films of all time: Night of the Living Dead (1968). Shot in black-and-white on a budget of just over US$100,000, Romero's vision, combined with a solid script written by him and his "Image" co-founder John A. Russo (along with what was then considered an excess of gore) enabled the film to earn back far more than what it cost, became a cult classic by the early 1970s and was inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress of the United States in 1999. Romero's next films were a little more low-key and less seen including There's Always Vanilla (1971), The Crazies (1973), Hungry Wives (1972) (where he met his future wife Christine Forrest) and Martin (1977). Though not as acclaimed as Night of the Living Dead (1968), or some of his later work, these films had his signature social commentary while dealing with issues, usually horror-related, at the microscopic level. Like almost all of his films, they were shot in, or around, Romero's favorite city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1978, Romero returned to the zombie genre with the one film of his that would top the success of Night of the Living Dead (1968): Dawn of the Dead (1978). He managed to divorce the franchise from Image Ten, which screwed up the copyright on the original and allowed the film to enter into public domain, with the result that Romero and his original investors were not entitled to any profits from the film's video releases. Shooting in the Monroeville, Pennsylvania, Mall during late-night hours, Romero told the tale of four people who escape a zombie outbreak and lock themselves up inside what they think is paradise before the solitude makes them victims of their own, and a biker gang's, greed. Shot on a budget of just $1.5 million, the film earned over US$40 million worldwide and was named one of the top cult films by Entertainment Weekly magazine in 2003. The film also marked Romero's first work with brilliant make-up and effects artist Tom Savini. After 1978, Romero and Savini teamed up many times. Dawn of the Dead (1978)'s success led to bigger budgets and better casts for the filmmaker. First was Knightriders (1981), where he first worked with an up-and-coming Ed Harris. Then came perhaps his most Hollywood-like film, Creepshow (1982), which marked the first, but not the last, time Romero adapted a work by famed horror novelist Stephen King. With many major stars and big-studio distribution, Creepshow (1982) was a moderate success and spawned a sequel, which was also written by Romero. The decline of Romero's career came in the late 1980s. His last widely-released film was the next "Dead" film, Day of the Dead (1985). Derided by critics, it did not take in much at the box office, either. His latest two efforts were The Dark Half (1993), (another Stephen King adaptation) and Bruiser (2000). Even the Romero-penned, Tom Savini-directed remake of Romero's first film, Night of the Living Dead (1990), was a box-office failure. Pigeon-holed solely as a horror director and his recent films no longer achieving the success of his earlier "Dead" films, Romero has not worked much since, much to the chagrin of his following. In 2005, 19 years after Day of the Dead (1985), with major-studio distribution, he returned to his most famous series and horror sub-genre he created with Land of the Dead (2005), a further exploration of the destruction of modern society by the undead, that received both excellent and indifferent reviews and even topped the United States box-office in its first week of release. He still resides in Pittsburgh.
Trivia random: When discussing his influences, he has that the Universal horror classic made a strong impression on him and his favorite horror film as a child was The Thing from Another World (1951). However, the film he said made him want to be a director was The Red Shoes (1948). While discussing the directors who made a strong impression on him, he said that Orson Welles and Howard Hawks were his favorites, surpassing Alfred Hitchcock.
Citazione random: "Just because I'm showing somebody being disemboweled doesn't mean I have to get heavy and put a message round it."
Filmography links and data courtesy of IMDb.
Crazies, The (1973)
Regista: George A. Romero
Scrittore: Paul McCollough, George A. Romero
Genere: Action, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Valutazione: 6.1/10 (3495 voti)
Durata: 103 min
- Lane Carroll .... Judy
- Will MacMillan .... David (as W.G. McMillan)
- Harold Wayne Jones .... Clank
- Lloyd Hollar .... Col. Peckem
- Lynn Lowry .... Kathy
- Richard Liberty .... Artie
- Richard France .... Dr. Watts
- Harry Spillman .... Maj. Ryder
- Will Disney .... Dr. Brookmyre
- Edith Bell .... Lab. Technician
A biological weapon gone awry is only the start of problems in the little town of Evan's City, Pennsylvania. Bouts of insanity in the populace are leading to murder and rioting, until the US Army turns up - and things really start going to hell.
Trivia random: A lot of the audio mixing in The Crazies, particularly the voices of soldiers and extras and specific sound effects, were completed in post-production in the basement of Romero's Latent Image Studio. Link this trivia
Citazione random: Army Doctor: Okay, Colonel Peckem, last test is negative. You're all clean, virus free. We can sign you out. The helicopter will be arriving in a few minutes.
Col. Peckem: Any news from Deitrich?
Army Doctor: They're sending a new man from the Trixie project to take over as Dr. Watts' replacement. He should be here in the morning. If only we knew what Watts was working on. We checked the slides he left behind in his microscope and his notes, but we can't make heads or tails out of any of it. He was onto something, we know that. We'll dope it out sooner or later.
Col. Peckem: [sighs] Sooner or later.
Army Doctor: I understand that they found a Reeces monkey at Deitrich, immune. We'll fund a human subject sooner or later.
Col. Peckem: Yeah... sooner or later.
[a soldier arrives with David, whom is not showing symptoms]
Soldier: Hey, you want an immunity check on this one, Doc?
Army Doctor: [to the soldier] Are you kidding me? Put him with the others!
[both Peckem and David make eye contact with each other, in which David smirks and he is taken away by the soldier, as Colonel Peckem also walks away towards the landing zone area]
Filmography links and data courtesy of IMDb.