Crawl: The Sleeper of The Summer!

Every summer we’re usually blessed with a breakout movie that isn’t necessarily a blockbuster, and with the summer season quickly coming to an end, I was afraid we weren’t going to get a sleeper. Then along came Crawl. Directed by Alexandre Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D), Executive Produced by Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Don’t Breathe), and written by the Rasmussen Brothers (The Ward), Crawl is what happens when Lake Placid meets 47 Meters Down with a heavy helping of Jaws.

When her town is ordered to evacuate due to an incoming Category 5 hurricane, Haley (Kaya Scodelario) returns home to make sure that her father (Barry Pepper) gets out safely. Instead, she finds him seriously injured in a crawl space of their family home, and as she tries to save him from the rising floodwaters, she is attacked by alligators. With rescue out of the question, everything turns into a game of survival as they try to find a way to escape before the alligators, the floodwaters, or the storm get them first.

Crawl is a unique blend of disaster and horror, blending the two in unexpected harmony. There are plenty of jump moments, blood, and gore throughout the whole film, and the way people get killed in the movie is all part of the fun. What makes this movie so amazing is that it’s not that far off from the realm of possibility for people, like myself, who live in Florida and have to deal with these apex predators on a daily basis. 

I give Crawl a very solid 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Daniel Hennessy