They Crawl (2002)





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After a fiery wreck involving half the city and a runaway bus, the coroner (Ken Lerner) discovers that the bus driver's body has no internal organs, which is eerily similar to the body of a dead computer geek they also recently discovered. Former Special Forces dude Ted Gage Daniel Cosgrove, the brother of the computer hacker, begins an investigation with the lovely, skeptical detective Gina O'Bannon Tamara Davies. What they find is that a bizarre cult headed by Tiny Frakes (Mickey Rourke) is responsible for unleashing a mutant horde of cockroaches on the city. No amount of bug spray, or bad press, will stop these critters.
Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Daniel Cosgrove
as Ted Gage
Tamara Davies
as Gina O'Bannon
Mickey Rourke
as Tiny Frakes
Dennis Boutsikaris
as Prof. Jurgen
Tim Thomerson
as Exterminator
Tone Loc
as Clarence
Grace Zabriskie
as Mrs. Gage
Scott Rinker
as Shane Torian
Ken Lerner
as Coroner Glen
William Keane
as Detective Hardy
Bennet Gullory
as Captain Righetti
Brandon Karrer
as Lazarus
Chasen Hampton
as Brian Bean Hampton
Jerry Kernon
as Bus Driver
Diana Morgan
as Reporter
Gregory Graham
as Cameraman
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Critic Reviews for They Crawl

All Critics (4)

By the time the genetically mutated killer cockroaches get wise and morph into this giant rhino-lookin' thing, you'll be fast asleep.

Full Review… | January 23, 2003

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Full Review… | May 7, 2003
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Audience Reviews for They Crawl


If you are going to put this much time and energy into something, then it should be done right. If this was supposed to make you want to do something else other than watch this film, then it succeeded.

Christina Evelyn
Christina Evelyn

Cock roaches are not my favorite thing on earth, so that made this film particularly unpleasant. It has a decent pace, but it is poorly written and the story is really stupid. Dumb. Some of the special effects are good, some just stink.

James Higgins
James Higgins

They Crawl suffers from identity crisis. On one hand, the film wants to be a tongue-in-cheek killer cockroach flick, but on the other, it wants to be a crime drama. The film has a young man (Daniel Cosgrove) returning home from the military (preparing to be court marshaled) and finds that his younger brother has become distant from the world and deals in heavy drugs. When the brother mysteriously dies, Cosgrove is on the case, working with co-lead policewoman Tamara Davies. While the audience knows that most of the deaths are at the hands of cockroaches, the leads begin to suspect an infamous cult is behind the mayhem, namely one of its notorious members, played by pre-comeback Mickey Rourke (who still manages to command the screen, even at a whopping 5 minutes). The whole crime drama portion of this film is actually quite enjoyable and it kept my attention. It reminded me of a good Law & Order episode. However, the stuff involving the bugs and "horror" aspect was just plain BAD, especially when you get to the hilariously awful (intentional I would hope, but probably not) climax of the film involving the bugs turning into superbugs. Some small scale genre people show up briefly as well including Tim Thomerson (Dollman) and Grace Zabriskie (Galaxy of Terror). Overall, not a bad crime drama, but a terrible horror film.

Jason Duron
Jason Duron

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