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What the world needs now is another insta-forgettable remake of a bona fide horror classic like I need a stake through the heart.

When the Crazies remake rolls out in the new year, I’m going to be crossing the fingers on both hands and hoping for it to be a corker. On one hand because it’s a remake of George Romero’s The Crazies, a wonderful film that doesn’t need a lame looky-likey cousin, and on the other hand because director Breck Eisner has now signed on to direct the remake of David Cronenberg’s superb paedophobia chiller The Brood. A duff Brood do-over would sting and so I want to believe in Eisner, not spend a few months living in dread.

If you haven’t seen the original, here’s a brief, spoiler-free breakdown. Nola Carveth is a patient at the Somafree Institute of Psychoplasmatics, a typically creepy, mysterious and, basically, Cronenbergian medical facility. At the same time, her ex-husband is being haunted by Don’t Look Now-alike little strange figures. These two circumstances are not merely coincidental… the human body is capable of some rather strange and scary things.

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