Crawl

FrightFest is 20 years old in 2019 and this is the place to discuss our three main events of the year.
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Post by jonbly » Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:46 pm

8/10 - Solid creature feature.

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Re: Crawl

Post by mamawaldi » Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:46 am

It was fine but felt a bit of a safer film than the full blown craziness of Piranha. The dialogue was a bit twee and I couldn't quite buy the homicidal maniac behaviour of the alligators!

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Re: Crawl

Post by Alex J » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:30 pm

A fun romp of a creature feature. Generally predictable, but very well executed. A decent enough story for this type of movie and a good lead performance. Some of the hurricane scenes are very effective and most of the special effects are good, albeit with a few exceptions. 7.5 / 10
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Re: Crawl

Post by valido » Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:18 pm

Felt more suspense thinking "that must have been a nightmare to shoot" than "uh I hope the 'gators don't get the heroes".

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Re: Crawl

Post by Oswald Cobblepot » Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:09 pm

The plot and CGI gators were fairly ho hum.

If it had been directed by some studio hack this would have been totally generic and dull. But damn can Alexandre Aja direct, he definitely elevated it to another level and it looked amazing.

Made me want to go back and watch Switchblade Romance again.

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Re: Crawl

Post by danthsmith » Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:01 pm

it didnt have the creepy sexism of piranha and was great fun if you ignored the cheesy dialogue

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Re: Crawl

Post by The Soapmaker » Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:46 am

I think there were one or two moments of peril too many. And how many times did we need reminding that yes, she could swim and yes, she could hold her breath under water?
Nevertheless, very well made and entertaining. Certainly better than what I was expecting, i.e. Bait (2012) with an alligator instead of a shark.

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Re: Crawl

Post by TheDukeAbides » Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:06 pm

It knew what it was.

Pepper came across as a budget Michael Biehn but that isn't a slight on the actor.

Bit too many stupid decisions for me and I don't know how many attacks by an alligator I could withstand and still be a champion level swimmer.

Enjoyable romp.

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Re: Crawl

Post by The Aylmer » Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:48 pm

I just have to remember next time I'm trapped by an alligator in my bathroom to get it into the shower then slide the glass door shut. An hour or two cooling off like that will teach the pesky reptile a sobering lesson before I slide the door (or what's left of it) back open and allow it to slink off with its tail between its legs. All silliness aside I quite enjoyed Crawl. In fact the opening three films on the Thursday kicked this years Frightfest off nicely for me. 7/10.

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Re: Crawl

Post by ChrisReynolds » Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:49 pm

This was a formulaic animal attack plot that has been elevated by Aja's direction, which kept up a strong pace and piled on the tension. It's not particularly memorable but watching it was entertaining. My favourite of the opening night.

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Re: Crawl

Post by DJBenz » Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:52 am

The Aylmer wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:48 pm
I just have to remember next time I'm trapped by an alligator in my bathroom to get it into the shower then slide the glass door shut.
This was one of my biggest issues where I found it impossible to suspend my disbelief. The gator could smash its way through a set of thick wooden stairs in the basement, but couldn't thrash its way through a flimsy shower screen?

Still, it's a movie that thrives on ridiculousness so I suppose I should't be surprised. Still loads of fun to be had.

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