Underappreciated Horror Scenes : The Car Wash From ‘The Crazies’ (2010)


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I have a confession.  When I was a kid, I used to get freaked out by car washes when my Dad would drive our family Plymouth Duster through them. Maybe it was the dark claustrophobic vibe.  Maybe it was the ugly car we were in.  But most likely, it was those creepy-ass drying tentacles that swayed back and forth ominously as you drove your car towards them.  So when I saw 2010’s apocalyptic virus flick, The Crazies, all of those nightmarish car wash memories came rushing back with a vengeance.

The Crazies overall is a much better remake and horror movie than it gets credit for.  And dare I say, that it easily improved on the original George Romero 1973 movie of the same name.  The 2010 version also had more than enough impressive set pieces (loved the pitchfork scene) with the ‘car wash setup’ definitely being the standout for me.

Not only is entire run through of the actual car wash tense and claustrophobic, we also get thrown a bit of a curve ball when Danielle Panabaker’s character gets her ass hanged at the end.  To add insult to her injury, the crew’s car gets blown up after getting out to check on her. Just remember though, not all car washes have to be creepy and dangerous.  Isn’t that right, guys from 1976’s Car Wash?

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