The Crazies is a science fiction/horror/thriller film that is a remake of George A. Romero's 1973 film of the same name. David Dutton (Timothy Olyphant) is sheriff of Ogden Marsh, a picture-perfect American town with happy, law-abiding citizens.
One day, citizen Rory Hamill comes to a school baseball game ready to kill with a loaded shotgun, and is shot and killed by Dutton when he doesn't surrender.
Another man, Bill Farnum, burns down his own house after locking his wife and young son in a closet inside and is arrested for arson and family murder. Within days, the town has transformed into a sickening mental asylum; people who days ago lived quiet, unremarkable lives have now become depraved, blood-thirsty killers, hiding in the darkness with guns and knives.
Sheriff Dutton tries to make sense of what's happening as the horrific, nonsensical violence escalates. Something is infecting the citizens of Ogden Marsh... with insanity. Now complete anarchy reigns as one by one the townsfolk succumb to an unknown toxin and turn sadistically violent. In an effort to keep the madness contained, the government uses deadly force to close off all access and won't let anyone in or out – even those uninfected.
The few still sane find themselves trapped: Sheriff Dutton; his pregnant wife, Judy (Radha Mitchell); Becca (Danielle Panabaker), an assistant at the medical center; and Russell (Joe Anderson), Dutton's deputy and right-hand man. Forced to band together, an ordinary night becomes a horrifying struggle for survival as they do their best to get out of town alive.