Crawl: Action-Packed Horror

Crawl

I got the Blue-Ray of Crawl for Christmas, so I had some people over to watch it in the Keener Home Theater, included my 16-year-old niece. For those who may have missed it, the movie came out this past July. It’s about a college student and her Dad, who get trapped in a house in Florida during a Category 5 hurricane. Unfortunately for them, rising waters bring alligators.

Hungry alligators.

From the reviews I’d read, I expected (and got) a solid, action-packed B-movie, in the same vein as 47 Meters Down. Apparently, this movie did much better. It cost 14 million to make but brought home around 91 million worldwide. Since my niece’s favorite movie is Jaws, I figured this would be right up her alley.

Bottom Line: A well-done horror film that makes the most of its modest budget. Good performances by the two leads (and the dog). And, from a writing perspective, a lean, visceral screenplay that piles the challenges on top of the protagonists in a surprisingly believable way. If you like B-movies, this is well worth seeing.

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