New Clip For This Summer's Killer Alligator Film Crawl Drops
We're obsessed with disaster films about giant, ridiculous animals like mutant sharks or humongous squids. Maybe the draw has something about the fact that we fear these things could really happen one day, given how far we've come with science and technology, and how farcical the world can seem sometimes.
This latest, Crawl, is all about what would happen if your hometown gets hit by a huge hurricane and all the habitable land is taken over by rising floods - which bring with them a gang of large, ravenous alligators out to kill. Casual.
The plot summary offers: "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."
You may recognise our heroine as Skins star Kaya Scodelario, who's ditched the grungy Bristol house parties for the life of an American varsity swimmer out to save her dad from the reptilian rampage.
In the new clip, things aren't looking too good for her, as we see a giant gator swim past her planned escape route. With no other option, Haley swims tentatively out of the sewer pipe to survey her surroundings - only to find a big ol' alligator grinning down at her. I know, FFS, right?
Directed by The Hills Have Eyes' Alexandre Aja (yep, he of Piranha 3D fame, too) and also produced by Craig Flores (300), Sam Raimi (Don't Breathe, Evil Dead), the horror has generally been a hit with critics, with a not-too-shabby 84 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
"It's fast, efficient, crisply directed, and delivers on the promised alligator thrills," wrote Slate's Keith Phipps - who added that, in a summer of big-budget superhero flicks dominating the box office, the film manages to hold its own.
Barry Hertz, of the Globe and Mail, also said of horror stalwart Aja: "Sometimes, stupid and simple works, especially if the filmmaker knows exactly what kind of game he's playing."
Pete Vonder Haar from the Houston Press also said: "If you go into Crawl hoping to see a woman improbably outswim large, pissed-off reptiles, or watch ATM thieves get messily devoured, you're in for one of the most enjoyable theatrical experiences of the year."
Following its US release on 12 July, Crawl hits screens in the UK on 23 August.
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