Creature movies have had a rough time over the past few years. Often offering little more than a simple story, while delivering nothing of substance. From Rampage to The Meg, natural predators have been treated as mere action fodder for simple muscle clad heroes. However, with Crawl director Alexandre Aja (Maniac) manages to bring us a far more nuanced thriller. Where disaster movie meets alligators in a world of dramatically accelerating climate change.
Written by Michael Rasmussen and Shawn Rasmussen, and produced by Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures. Crawl manages to offer some genuine jumps and scares in its short 87 minute running time. While mixing the ingredients of a disaster film with one of the oldest predators in the world. Ultimately creating a film as much about human arrogance as it is about the hungry alligators at its heart.