Crawl (2019)

Crawl (2019)


A young woman trapped in a flooding house during a Category 5 Florida hurricane must battle against alligators in this horror from Alexandre Aja (Piranha 3D, Horns).

Flicks Review

With each passing year, Jaume Collett-Sera’s dexterous, exquisitely kinetic shark thriller The Shallows looks more and more like a benchmark for how good a modern-day Jaws-styled creature feature can be. Alexandre Aja’s Crawl fundamentally operates in the same zone: a modestly budgeted studio counter-programmer, supplying a much-needed gasp of air from the oppressive maw of tentpole franchises.... More

If it isn’t as moment-to-moment sublime as The Shallows, it is comparatively nimble in approach, milking a tried-and-true formula for all its visceral, pulpy worth. You want big alligators attacking people? You’ll definitely get big alligators attacking the shit out of people.

Some clunky patches aside, mostly involving terrible expository dialogue and exteriors that look like recycled green-screen vomit from The Hurricane Heist, Crawl is unrepentantly goosed-up nature-goes-nuts mayhem when it gets fired up. Alexandre Aja is a generally spotty genre specialist, but this might be his tightest, most focused effort since Haute Tension. Clearly stoked to have at his disposal, the handsomest all-CGI gators to ever grace the big screen, Aja stages the setpieces with economically vicious glee, juggling claustrophobic disaster-movie suspense and merciless bouts of bloodthirsty reptilian chomping into a beer-guzzling blast of survival horror.

Kaya Scodelario doesn’t possess the magnetic star power of Blake Lively to sell some of the film’s cornier moments, but makes a respectable, spirited play for lead heroine archetype, her lithe athleticism ably fulfilling a physically demanding role that wedges her into damp, cramped spaces for long periods of time.

If nothing else, Crawl will look nice on the shelf next to your cherished Lake Placid DVD.Hide

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BY baylyr lister

Crawl is a very thrill packed movie like A Quiet Place and more especially It (2017). I still really liked it but it didn’t really live up to my expectations because most of the movie was pretty boring just the two main characters in the crawl space under the house for like an hour, which was not really needed. I also thought there would be much more action and all. One of the main problems was that it was rated (New Zealand): R16. It was more of a thriller than horror. But apart from that I... More think Alexandre Aja did an incredible job on this movie. The alligators looked very realistic and overall I really liked it.Hide

BY ratty nobody

I haven’t been to a ‘horror’ movie in years so decided it was high time to be scared witless again. Hence I went to see Crawl. It was a bit edge of the seat, but only in the sense you knew what was going to happen…and it wasn’t pretty. I never realised that a person could survive quite a long time after being ripped apart by an alligator, after losing all limbs, being left with just a head and torso, but remaining conscious enough to scream blue murder…..I will feel reassured if I... More ever come face to face with an angry croc that I will live long enough to enjoy the experience! I’m an orthopaedic nurse so was excited to see how to repair an open fracture of a tibia using a very large spanner and belt…I will add this to my work arsenal which I think should reassure my patients…everyone will be pleased to know the heroine manages to escape the horror house, only to be caught on a tidal wave and swept back in….I thought, oh no, I can’t take any more of this…..anyway it rolls quickly to a happy ending but I won’t tell you if the cute puppy gets his comeuppance or not… will have to go to the movie to find out!Hide

Believe the hype, this movie is just what it claims to be. A chilly thriller that happens mostly in a flooded basement, it's very location-based, more Deep Blue Sea than Jaws - like Jurassic Park if they were a park full of crocodiles instead of dinosaurs. Efficiently acted by Kaya Scodelario with support from Barry Pepper.

You've probably seen your share of predatory-critter horrors that crank the silliness up to 11 and slide down to forgettably naff. Maybe you've seen some that take themselves too seriously and somehow come out more ridiculous. In Crawl, director Alexandre Aja flexes his ability to balance these genre poles: the laughs you're looking for come at the same time as (or maybe one second after) the gasps of shock. Enjoy!

Imagine JAWS with a Florida swamp full of sharks. Now imagine those Sharks are Alligators with an amazing knack for perfect horror / comedic timing. CRAWL is like an old school horror with modern day special effects and production values. A world with occupants that are fully aware they live in a place knee deep in gators, but for plot points and monster fodder let it slip their mind. Features a boat version of that Simpsons gag when Homer rolls out of a moving car and immediately rolls back in... More before falling off a cliff.Hide

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The Press Reviews

  • When it's really working - which is only about half the time - "Crawl" is an efficient and clever environmental adventure picture, set in a nice old house where suddenly nothing is safe. Full Review

  • Alexandre Aja's Crawl is a fun monster movie that relentlessly preys on humans' most primal fears. Full Review