Shade Reviews: Crawl

Crawl (2019)

Dir: Alexander Aja

Starring: Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper

Producer: Sam Raimi

Crawl is a 2019 creature feature that pits an estranged daughter and her Father against a bunch of alligators during a category 5 hurricane. This movie was easily the most competent killer alligator movie I have ever seen. To be fair, there are not too many competent killer gator movies out there, and that is fine with me as normally creature features are meant to be B movie fun. I am a fan of so bad it is good type movies but this is not one of those movies.

From start to finish, the tension and cinematography sells the dire straits our protagonists are in. The two leads Haley (Kaya Scodelario) and Dave ( Barry Pepper) are convincing as Father and daughter and their dialogue feels natural. The two of them are stubborn jackasses and because they are so alike it makes the character work better. I wish a lot of it wasn’t spelled out during early phone conversations with the older sister, but it wasn’t all that bad. The alligators are terrifying and the jump scares were actually surprising. Yeah I know, I didn’t think it was possible either but this film seems to take the horror parts of the movie very seriously. Sam Raimi is a producer on this film and while his fingerprint isn’t really felt much, the choice of See ya later alligator, for the end credits song was very SAM RAIMI.

Alex Aja, is a notable director in the horror community and his notable works are High Tension (2003), the Hills have Eyes remake (2006), and the excellent B movie Piranha 3D (2010).  Aja seems to understand how to do both comedy and straight horror and I am starting to really appreciate him as a director. Sam Raimi of course, speaks for himself, but his fingerprints aren’t really all that noticable in this film, but he is a competent film maker and continues to help put out great films.

I highly recommend this movie to people who enjoy creature features and just good, fun horror. I give Crawl a 4/5.

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