Article By: Jason Wilson
In 1973, famed horror movie icon George A. Romero, got together with Paul McCollough to write a script for a new movie. The movie was set in a small Pennsylvania town and centered on the military’s attempt to contain a biological weapon that causes permanent insanity and death in those infected, that was mistakenly released on the town. The movie was shot on a budget of approximately $270,000 and debuted March 16th, 1973.
Now, here we are thirty seven years later, and the movie has gotten a makeover. In the hands of writers; Scott Kosar and Ray Wright the original film got updated rather than completely re-envisioned. Director Breck Eisner did a fantastic job of maintaining the concept behind the original movie while bringing it into the modern day.
The location for the film has moved from Pennsylvania to Ogden Marsh, Iowa. Timothy Olyphant, star of the 2007 video game turned movie “Hitman”, plays the role of small town sheriff David Dutton. Olyphant plays the character wonderfully and is able to bring viewers along for the rollercoaster ride of emotions as the people he loves turn on themselves and each other.
Eisner pays tribute to the original film, by including one of its actors in the cast. Lynn Lowry, who played the part of “Kathy” in the 1973 film, can be seen riding a bike through the streets of Ogden Marsh in the 2010 version.
This movie is definitely one of the best remakes I have seen in a long time. Everything from the script to the acting and effects came together and created a film that definitely did the original justice.