Within 48 hours of infection, the sane townsfolk all slowly but surely turned into blood-thirsty zombie-like killers, who went on a rampage to kill others in sight. The military implemented a containment protocol that involved killing everyone, including the infected and normal residents. The whole town was decimated in the end with a massive explosion. There were seemingly only 2 survivors at the end of the movie; the upright town sheriff David played by Timothy Olyphant and his doctor wife Judy played by Radha Mitchell. Unfortunately, the movie ended with a zoom-out view of the town that showed the words "initiate containment protocol" for the second time, which likely meant they would too be exterminated.
It was an entire cast of unknowns to me. When I first saw the trailer, the song Mad World haunted me so much that it had my full attention. I was completely mesmerized by the sad, distant song but it was not played throughout the entire movie. Anyway, at first glance, I mistook the male lead as Josh Duhamel.
Yes, there were a few frightening scenes but well, I didn't find it as scary as the other zombie movies like "28 Days Later", "28 Weeks Later" or "Legend". At least in "The Crazies", the virus was not contagious and could not be spread by blood or touching the victims. The latter movies were definitely a lot scarier. These were almost like end of the world or hell on earth movies and the notion itself freaked me out. Imagine being infected simply by touching the blood of the infected, who were almost everywhere, and within a matter of seconds turning into blood-thirsty zombies who go around eating and killing others. In such a world, it may be better off being dead than to be killed in the most frightening way. And I just read that they are or may be making the movie "28 Months Later". I am so looking forward to watching it.