BY: GABY MORENO
Release date: July 12, 2019
Main Cast: Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper
“A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a Category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators.”
Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,
Today I will be reviewing the thriller/disaster movie, “Crawl“! I don’t think it would fall under horror, but more like real life terror! As the brief synopsis mentions this movie involves a daughter and father who are trapped in their flooded basement with alligators, at the same time a Hurricane is in full effect! This movie reminds me a bit of Sharknado from the premise. I actually have never watched those movies and probably never will lol! But sign me up for a Catergory 5 Hurricane mixed with gators! As soon as I heard Sam Raimi was producing this I did not need much convincing. Even tho I admit before I heard Raimi was involved I kept seeing people talking in social media about the movie and how it was going to be epic with the killer Alligator. At first I was like what are they talking about?! Then I went to see the movie Brightburn in theaters and they played the trailer for Crawl and I was sold! Always been a fan of creature features tho from the 1980s and 90s like Alligator I and II and Lake Placid.
Also behind the Directors camera is Alexandre Aja! I wasn’t a fan of the CGI, but it wasn’t too bad where it hurt the film. I also loved the angles the movie was filmed in. Also the lighting/high contrast added an ominous feel to the movie. Especially because it took place in the middle of a Hurricane storm, I just loved the use of dark tones. This was a film that definitely had your heart racing and had you at the edge of your seat! I loved it because from the beginning to the end there was no dull moment.
I also loved the fact that even though it was all thrill and action it still had a story with depth! The story revolved around a father and daughter relationship that is a bit torn. We are given flashbacks that show their intense bond for each other, but we also see how they have grown apart due to her father divorcing her mother. The main character Haley is a total badass! She is a swimmer who has the gift to be great, but seems to doubt herself. We soon find out from the flashbacks that her father used to be her swim coach and would motivate her to be the best! It then goes back to present time where her sister contacts her to ask her if she has spoken to their dad since she called and he did not answer. Haley’s sister is worried since her dad usually returns her calls right away and their currently is a Hurricane (Category 5) in effect. We then realize that Haley and her dad are no longer close as they were when she was younger. There are hints that the dad is going through a depression after getting divorced and that has caused him to distance himself from his daughter.
Either way Haley goes back into town to find her dad. I don’t want to give away too much, but as you see in the previews she ends up trapped with her father in a flooded basement with gators! This is where all hell breaks loose and you are left screaming at the screen guiding the characters. I loved how they show the bond between father and daughter. Also when they have their heart to heart, thinking they are not going to make it. The father recalls how he used to call her the “Apex Predator” and that she is a fighter! You can see how her dad still believes in her and knows she can be the greatest swimmer, she just has to believe it herself! Very powerful moment!
I believe the character development is what makes this movie entertaining and gives it heart! Also the writers and the use of camera angles built the suspense. Also can’t forget the dope kills by the killer gators! You do get your fair share of gory carnage! I highly recommend checking this movie out in theaters! It is an intense and emotional rollercoaster. Definitely agree with the reviews that this is the horror movie of the Summer!
Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!