Dopey genre films are a dime a dozen, but very few of the film are able to capture the batshit entertainment that can come with these films. Films like The Meg boast the premise and cast to make the film work, but the execution often ends up being too safe or contrived to make an impact. If there’s anyone who can nail that tough tonal balance, its director Alexandre Aja, who has crafted several entertaining projects like Pirhana and The Hills Have Eyes. His latest film Crawl, however, looks to be his craziest project yet.
The only thing more terrifying than a hurricane destroying your house is having to survive in the alligator-infested aftermath, a premise that Crawl looks to deliver on in big ways.
Check out the film’s debut trailer along with the official synopsis:
When a massive hurricane hits her Florida hometown, Haley (Kaya Scodelario) ignores evacuation orders to search for her missing father (Barry Pepper). Finding him gravely injured in the crawl space of their family home, the two become trapped by quickly encroaching floodwaters. As time runs out to escape the strengthening storm, Haley and her father discover that the rising water level is the least of their fears.
This trailer quite simply looks awesome. I have always been a big fan of Aja’s work in the past, with his ability to creatively capture horror and anarchy being endlessly entertaining to watch. By allowing the director to work with his biggest budget and craziest premise yet, I am sure the end result will be one of the summer’s most entertaining films.
Crawl hits theaters on July 12, 2019.