Crawl (2019)

Directed By: Alexandre Aja

Starring: Kaya Scodelario & Barry Pepper

Synopsis:When a massive hurricane hits her Florida town, young Haley ignores the evacuation orders to search for her missing father, Dave. After finding him gravely injured in their family home, the two of them become trapped by the rapidly encroaching floodwaters. With the storm strengthening, Haley and Dave discover an even greater threat than the rising water level — a relentless attack from a pack of gigantic alligators.

Review: A disaster movie and a creature feature rolled into one!? With the people behind The Evil Dead remake attached to it…. Sign me up.

Crawl looked like a whole load of fun, I caught the trailer during the previews of Annabelle Comes Home and I knew this movie was right up my street. Creature Features are always lots of fun from the big budget movies to the low-budget movies, there is no denying they’re a lot of fun and become guilty pleasures. I loved the original Lake Placid and Anaconda and then all the sequels that followed were fun and then they mashed them together and had a VS movie, which was a barrel of fun. These movies always have a place in people’s hearts.

Crawl has set the bar high as its a fun adrenaline filled ride, the CGI for the alligators is really good, at some points nearer to when they first appear the CGI is a touch ropey but after that the alligators seem genuinely real. The setting for the movie isn’t big and is contained which makes the movie furthermore suspenseful. The movie itself is set in the crawlspace under the house which is slowly flooding during a category five hurricane.

The movies two main characters Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper keep us gripped with their performances as estranged Father and Daughter, we are introduced too some other characters along the way but their main purpose is to be served up as Alligator food. We get some pretty gorey deaths. What mainly keeps the tension is everything happening with our trapped duo. Barry Pepper’s character is slightly injured so it’s up to Kaya Scodelario too sneak out mid-way through the movie to get help which is a real edge of your seat nail biter.

What I liked about this movie is that both of our main characters are both human and get wounded etc, you never really know if they are going to make it… In all I would say switch the lights off and grab some beer and enjoy a very well made creature feature.


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