The Crazies

Synopsis: Anarchy reigns when an unknown toxin turns the peaceful citizens of Ogden Marsh into bloodthirsty lunatics. In an effort to contain the spread of the infection, authorities blockade the town and use deadly force to keep anyone from getting in or out. Now trapped among killers, Sheriff Dutten (Timothy Olyphant) and his wife (Radha Mitchell) and two companions must band together to find a way out before madness and death overtake them.
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Production: Overture Films
  11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min


It's DUSK. The DIN of night insects is all around. We're

trudging along a rutted dirt road toward a glow on the



A baseball game being played under the lights behind the

local high school. STUDENTS, FACULTY, TOWNSPEOPLE fill the

wooden bleachers. It's the regional playoffs. Everybody is

here. The MAYOR, the PASTOR, the FIRE CHIEF, all the VIPs a

small town has to offer.

Even the town sheriff has turned up for the end of the game.

He parks his cruiser in the overflow lot and comes down the

hill to the diamond, keys jangling on his belt beside a

holstered gun he never uses. DAVID DUTTON. Easy-going.

Second-generation sheriff. Pillar of the community.

Trading a dozen hellos, clapping some old timer on the

shoulder, giving the coach a thumbs-up about the score, he

comes around the backstop to the little CONCESSIONS TRAILER.

Sets his hat on the counter. Handsome. Grinning with

hometown pride.


They're playin' well, Kev, they're

playin' awful damn well. Win this

one they could have a shot.

(to Vendor's wife in b.g.)

Hey Linda.

She nods hi. The VENDOR pours him a cup of coffee, on the



Fryeburg's tough. They'd be next.


(smile fades)

Fryeburg, yeah. Shit. Well, one

at a time, one at a time...

David heads off, coffee in hand.


Thanks, Kev.

David leans on the sideline fence, sipping his coffee,

watching the game. The star pitcher blows a fastball past

the batter. David lets out a howl.



Scotty McLeod! You throw like you

drive, son, too damn fast!

He puts down his coffee so he can applaud the strikeout with

both hands then picks it up again and takes another sip.


Look alive, fellas! Deano, watch

the squeeze!

No one has yet noticed the DARK FIGURE walking out of the

shadowy woods beyond the outfield. Weaving like a drunkard,

he walks right onto the playing field, oblivious to the game.

A man of fifty. Local pig farmer. His name is RORY HAMILL.

He is carrying a SHOTGUN.

Heads turn, mouths falling open in the bleachers and dugouts,

everybody staring in collective disbelief. It's surreal, a

guy with a gun just walked past Petey Jenkins in left field.


Rory, what in God -- ?

David drops his coffee and jumps the fence, goes out across

the diamond to intercept him, hollering, waving his hands.


Rory, whoa, Rory, Rory, whoa, whoa,


Rory Hamill gets as far as the infield before David, cutting

in front of him now, keeping ten feet of distance, finally

gets his attention.



Rory stops, glassy-eyed, head lolling sickly to one side.

David keeps his gun holstered, tries to reason with him. The

players frozen at their positions on the field.


The hell you doing, Rore? Hunh?

Got a ball game going on here.

We're playing ball, you come out

here with a gun? The goddamn hell

you doing?

Rory casts a glance around the field. A dizzying number of

faces out there. All eyes on him. He wobbles a little,

catches himself.



Lay it down, Rory, you're drunk.

His gaze floats back to David and it's different than it was

a moment ago. Harder. Deadly. David is not a man easily

spooked, but that look sends a chill right through him.


Lay it down!

Rory takes a wavering step forward. David draws his weapon.

Rory responds in kind, leveling his. People gasp. David

retreats a step. Might be the first time in his life he's

had a gun pointed at him by someone ready to use it.

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Scott Kosar

Scott Kosar is an American screenwriter whose films include The Machinist, the 2003 remake of the classic horror film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and the 2005 remake of The Amityville Horror. In June 2006, Kosar was presented with the Distinguished Achievement in Screenwriting Award by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Kosar was appointed the Hunter/Zakin screenwriting chair at UCLA for 2009-2010. more…

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