Crawl delivers the scary thrills and chills to cool off this summer.
I can’t think of a better team to create a new and practically original horror thriller than director Alexandre Aja (Piranha, The Hills Have Eyes) and cult horror master legend Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, The Evil Dead). Crawl is a creepy new film from the duo that delivers enough scary thrills and hair raising chills to go cool off in this sizzling summer heat.
In a decade full of the comic book fare, franchises, remakes, and the dreaded lazy reimagining, writers Shawn and Michael Rasmussen (The Ward) at least deliver original content; so much so, I must be desperate to crave something new since in general, horror has always been my least favorite genre. Their script is a refreshing change of pace, toning down the gratuitous violence, slasher **** and ratcheting up the suspense with angry gators popping up everywhere like a soaking wet game of Whack-A-Mole.
The aces up the Crawl team’s sleeve are the stars of the film; Kaya Scodelario (of The Maze Runner fame) and veteran actor Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan, The Burials of Mecadias Estrada). Their performances are on point for what the materials ask for, complementing the fast pace of Aja’s film. Scodelario has a real presence about her; she was the best thing about the underseen and undervalued Tiger House. She carries this film on her back and has a bright future ahead of her. I’ve always been a fan of Peppers and I can only hope this will lead to more work for him than he has gotten this past decade.
Some might think the team behind Crawl are clearly fanboys of the Betty White action films Hard Rain and Lake Placid (not really, but wouldn’t it have been great if they worked her in somehow?), which combines both storylines here and this film is superior to both. Crawl is the perfect compromise for the hardcore new age horror fans and one of the old school creature features. All Aja, Raimi, the Rasmussen’s want to do is entertain you for a brisk 90-minutes in exchange for your hard earned money. That needs to be celebrated, if not respected.
M.N. Miller has been a film and television writer for Ready Steady Cut since August of 2018 and is patiently waiting for the next Pearl Jam album to come out.