Crawl (2019)

Crawl (Aja 2019)

Lurking under our radar were creature features! We’ve risen to the occasion and dug into Alexandre Aja’s Crawl. While it does not have much social commentary, Crawl is an entertaining, well-made, jaunt with solid suspense and even a few jump scares. It features a very capable woman protagonist and some decent gore as well. It is what it is. If you enjoy films like Lake Placid, Anaconda, and Alligator this is another one definitely worth biting into.


TOPIC INDEX – Crawl (Aja 2019) (times are approximate) 

0:00 – Introductions
4:12 – Film discussion begins
6:09 – Soundtrack and sound design
8:16 – Lack of an idyllic component for contrast
8:47 – Creature features vs supernatural threats
14:21 – The nuclear family commentary as compared to slasher films
19:05 – Creature reveal and making the film
24:21 – Absence of a contrasting idyllic
25:02 – Creature films vs slasher films
27:26 – Character arc as motivation
31:07 – The importance of good in horror films
33:35 – Conflicting ideology in the film
38:14 – Suspense and tension
40:49 – The eye of the storm
49:53 – Acting quality

Recommendations for other films
Alligator (Teague 1980)
Lake Placid (Miner 1999)
Anaconda (Llosa 1997)

Related Episodes
Bird Box (Bier 2018)

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