Crawl

2019, Mystery & thriller/Horror, 1h 27m

203 Reviews 5,000+ Verified Ratings

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An action-packed creature feature that's fast, terrifying, and benefits greatly from a completely game Kaya Scodelario, Crawl is a fun throw-back with just enough self-awareness to work. Read critic reviews

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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.

Cast & Crew

Ami Metcalf
Lee
Annamaria Serda
Emma
Michael Rasmussen
Screenwriter
Shawn Rasmussen
Screenwriter
Sam Raimi
Producer
Grégory Levasseur
Executive Producer
Justin Bursch
Executive Producer
Lauren Selig
Executive Producer
Maxime Alexandre
Cinematographer
Elliot Greenberg
Film Editor
Max Aruj
Original Music
Steffen Thum
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Alan Gilmore
Production Design
Ketan Waikar
Art Director
Lucy Eyre
Set Decoration
Momirka Bailovic
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Andy Brierley
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  • Jan 10, 2021
    There's basically two ways you can take on this type of story: Saturday afternoon b-movie, or Jaws-style suspense. Crawl leans more towards the suspense angle. In a lot of ways, with the hurricane in an enclosed space story, it reminded me of the movie Bait 3D. But whereas that movie relished in the cheese and gore of being a glorified SyFy movie with a bigger budget, Crawl goes more for character and tension. For the most part, it works. The idea of having just two characters (and their dog) makes it tights and thrilling. That being said, whenever a new character does show up, we know they're just there to be gator bait. I mean really, if that helpful police officer coming in at the 11th hour isn't going to get eaten, then what the hell are we even doing in this alligator movie? I will also say while the clear angle was tension, the sheer number of times they almost got out but were put right back where they started to annoy me more than anything else, often with a grand set-up failing in under a minute. Maybe that's personal taste, but it just didn't work as tension for me. There are going to be people that find the movie incredibly tense though, I am certain of that, I just kind of recognized a lot of its moves. That being said, it's still a fun movie. Especially in the third act seeing the outright destruction when the alligators have free reign of the house is a lot of fun. It's tight, enjoyable, and it works. It's a very solid natural horror flick.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2020
    Director Alexandre Aja has carved himself a career from schlock horror movies and he's at it, once again, with Crawl. What works in his favour here, though, is that he makes no apologies for his B-movie material and just gets on with the job at hand. As a result, the film satisfyingly delivers what it sets out to do. It's effective in providing the requisite thrills and jump scares that are synonymous with these movies and manages to maintain its entertainment value throughout its brisk running time. A good example of leaving your brain at the door and just accepting a film for what it is.
    Mark W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 19, 2020
    Engaging performances by Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper and solid direction by Alexandre Aja. In fact, his work here impressed me enough to put his seven previously directed horror films on my watch list. Shoutout too to Aja's frequent collaborator cinematographer Maxime Alexandre.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2019
    Nice and gritty little survival game of wits as a dad and his intrepid daughter try to get through no less than a hurricane just as the floodwaters release a hungry bevy of beauteous and bodacious alligators. Doesn't feel cheap or rushed and with loads of "what's that shadow moving under the water" tension.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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