Just about everyone not under a rock has heard of some of the cheap but sometimes fun animal horror films out there. Some such as Sharknado can be a cheese-filled good time while others such as Birdemic are just for the birds. It took some time, but we finally get one that’s a little bit more grounded in reality in Crawl. If you’re looking for some plausible scares dealing with a flooded town and alligators swimming loose, then prepare to dive into these dangerous waters.
Editor Christian Stirling had a good time swimming with the alligators here, and you can read all about the plot details as well as his take on the theatrical release in his review. I’m in total agreement with him on this one, as I really enjoyed this thrill-a-minute ride of a movie. I’m a sucker for low-budget films done well and this one does a great job of making everything come together nicely. From actress Kaya Scodelario as the heroine Haley and her struggle to rescue her father from the flooding town, to the nice special effects and pacing, this is one of the best horror movies I’ve seen in some time.
I’m surprised this didn’t get a 4K HDR release, but the Blu-ray looks and sounds pretty great. All the rain, water, gators and gory details show up nicely as the scary sounds and music will make you want to hide behind the couch when the suspense picks up. There’s not a lot of special features to dive into once the film ends, but what’s here is pretty interesting and cool.
There’s an alternate opening that’s put together like a motion-comic which shows a new look at how the alligators made their appearance in the film, “Beneath Crawl” is a nice behind the scenes look at how the film was made and some of the difficulties that came while shooting it. “Category 5 Gators: The VFX Of Crawl” looks into the scary stars of the movie, the CG gators and how they were created to be as terrifying as possible, and lastly there’s some deleted scenes that show us six minutes or so of footage that didn’t make the final cut.
Those looking for a great scary movie for Halloween or anytime the mood strikes, Crawl is one of the best ones out there. It’s always fun when people take something that could very well happen or has happened and spin it into a worse case scenario. That’s exactly what this film does and nails it perfectly, which is why you’ll want to see these gators sooner than later.