BE: There is no military point-of-view. The original script by Scott Kozar was mostly military and it was more of an action movie. When I came on the movie, my first thought was I wanted to get rid of the point of view of the military. Any time you [have that], it goes away from horror and it goes to action, and not horror tension.
The idea for me was of this disease, when you get infected, it unlocks these deep latent qualities in people and it brings them to the forefront. It?s not a zombie movie, it doesn?t turn them into creatures of a certain agenda. ?Brains, brains,? or whatever the agenda of a zombie happens to be. You maintain your identity to a degree or your drive or your persona. It just becomes extremely heightened and focused to a point of almost absurdity.
In terms of social commentary, this project definitely began under the regime of George Bush. There is definitely a social commentary to the feeling of the use of military as a machine and the ends justifying the means. There is a clear delineation between the soldier ordered to do something and the mechanism of the military used to accomplish an ends.
BD: Are there any cameos from the original?
BE: Lynn Lowry. She?s playing a little role which should be fun. She has a fun cameo.
BE: We don’t have a father raping his daughter in this one. That one point was just a bit much for us.
The Crazies will hit theaters on February 26, 2010. It stars Radha Mitchell, Danielle Panabaker, Timothy Olyphant, Joe Anderson, and Preston Bailey.