Review – Crawl (2019)


I have to admit, I went into this with quite low expectations. I thought I was in for yet another croc movie, with nothing original to say for itself. How wrong could I have been ???

The story goes something like this. Against all common sense and logic, competition swimmer, Haley, drives right into a furiously destructive Category 5 hurricane, which is on a direct collision course with her hometown in Florida, to check in on her estranged father. There, in their weather-beaten house, amid a rapidly sinking and alligator-infested town, Haley and her father find themselves trapped in the mazelike, and rapidly flooding basement, where a couple of six-metre long alligators are stalking them. Now–as Haley and her Dad are gasping for air in the claustrophobic basement–only their will to survive can help them stand a chance against the monstrous reptiles. Can they escape without getting eaten alive?

This is an absolutely brilliant, balls out, action / creature feature, and from the moment i saw Sam Raimi’s name as producer, I knew I was in for a fun ride, and it doesn’t disappoint. Alright, yes, it is yet another croc movie, but it’s so well made. It’s a violent, gritty game of wits and survival, also there’s enough creature gore and jump scares, to keep hardened horror fans happy, and watching right until the end. To sum up, it’s an exciting, thrill a minute ride, and I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. Highly Recommended !!!


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2 Responses

  1. Nicki Cross says:

    Love this film! Definitely loads better than I was expecting!

  2. retromovie says:

    Hiya Nicki. Totally agree with you. I’m a huge fan of killer croc movies. We’ve had so many over the years, but no matter how many times I’ve seen roughly the same formula I always enjoy them. Favourites include Lake Placid (1999), Alligator (1980) and now Crawl. Thanks for the comment Nicki. Much appreciated.

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