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USA: Overture Films
UK: Momentum Pictures / Paramont Pictures
Cast: Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mirchell, Joe Anderson, Danielle Panabaker, Christie Lynn Smith, Brett Rickaby, Preston Bailey, John Aylward, Joe Reegan, Glenn Morshower, Larry Cedar, Gregory Sporleder, Mike Hickman, Lisa K Wyatt, Justin Welborn, Chet Grissom, Tahmus Rounds, Brett Wagner, Alex Van, Anthony Winters
Director: Breck Eisner
Countries: USA / United Arab Emirates
USA & UK: 101 mins
USA Rated: R for bloody violence and language
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong bloody violence and language
USA Release Date: 26 February 2010
UK Release Date: 26 February 2010
"Insanity is infectious."
Directed by Breck Eisner, THE CRAZIES is a reinvention loosely based upon the George Romero classic. about the inhabitants of a small Iowa town beset by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply.
The film stars Timothy Olyphant (LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, THE HITMAN) as the town's sheriff, Radha Mitchell (SILENT HILL) as his pregnant wife Judy who also doubles as the town doctor, Joe Anderson (ACROSS THE UNIVERSE) as the deputy sheriff and Danielle Panabaker (FRIDAY THE 13TH) as a medical assistant. The screenplay is written by Scott Kosar and Ray Wright. The film is produced by Michael Aguilar (CONSTANTINE, WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS), Dean Georgaris (THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE) and Rob Cowan (RIGHTEOUS KILL). The executive producer is George Romero (DAWN OF THE DEAD, CREEPSHOW).
With the "outbreak" of Overture Films' release of THE CRAZIES, the studio has launched an exciting comic book series inspired by the film along with various other multimedia content including a motion comic book series, Facebook "tower defense" game and more.
The Top Cow printed comic book is broken into four chapters: Hopman Bog, Dwyer Creek, Black Pond and Ogden Marsh. The comic series traces an outbreak that takes over the minds and bodies of the citizens in Ogden Marsh, Iowa and each chapter focuses on a different aspect of this epidemic. The first two issues will be available in comic book stores nationwide in the US on 17February 2010, with the next two available 24February 2010. Jeff Katz of American Original produced the comic book on behalf of Overture Films and Participant Media. The covers of the comic book are available for download at www.thecrazies-movie.com/comicbooks.
Starz Digital Media, in association with Double Barrel Motion Labs, will release a four-part motion comic series as an animated companion to the film and based on the comic miniseries. Episode 1 of the motion comic series, "Hopman Bog," will be available for purchase on the iTunes and PlayStation® Networkplatforms on 23 February 2010. To embed or view a trailer of the motion comic series, please go to www.thecrazies-movie.com/motioncomictrailer.
Starz Digital Media and Merscom have also co-produced a social media game that brings Facebook members a chance to stop the Crazies in "The Crazies Tower Defense." Available at no charge, players must strategically place defenses around Ogden Marsh in order to prevent a perpetual onslaught of Crazies from attacking the town. The game utilizes the latest social networking functionality allowing players to share their progress and achievements with friends. For a small cost, users may purchase advanced weaponry and look for an edge in their battle against the Crazies. The Crazies Tower Defense may be played at apps.facebook.com/crazies.
Coinciding with the launch of the printed comic book series and the motion comic, the studio has also created the iPhone application "Beware the Infected". The iPhone app allows users to photograph themselves or friends, "crazify" their face, and insert that picture into a "wanted" style warning flyer. The resulting image is branded with THE CRAZIES logo and can be saved or emailed to friends directly from the app. The application is available directly at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-crazies/id349550509?mt=8.
In addition, Overture has created an interactive game, "Battlemail", that is a viral application designed to allow users to "battle" their friends as a "Crazy" from the movie via email or through Facebook,. Users access the application through THE CRAZIES movie website at http://www.thecrazies-movie.com/#/battlemail, choose ten attack moves and send their challenge to their friends. Friends who have been challenged are given the opportunity to choose their own ten attack moves and the result is a live action movie clip where users can watch their battle. Resulting videos are either emailed or posted to the user's Facebook wall, and with a nearly unlimited number of combinations, the battles are always unique and fun.