Gator Bait: Sam Raimi-Produced 'Crawl' Will Do For Florida What 'Jaws' Did For Beaches

Friday, 03 May 2019 - 1:26PM
Friday, 03 May 2019 - 1:26PM
Gator Bait: Sam Raimi-Produced 'Crawl' Will Do For Florida What 'Jaws' Did For Beaches
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Screenshot: YouTube/Paramount Pictures
If you had the dubious fortune of growing up in America in the '80s, you were likely afforded the opportunity to experience innumerable novelties that have all but disappeared from the face of the Earth. Mall arcades, illegally buying cigarettes from vending machines, cassette tapes, fear of being destroyed by Soviet nuclear weapons: these are just some of the glories enjoyed during the closing of the 20th century. Among those delights was an odd little film called Alligator, which, hoping to follow in the wake of popularity, left behind by Jaws, fanned the flames of a popular urban legend involving the ultimate fate of pet alligators being flushed down the toilets or otherwise improperly disposed of when they got too big and started eying the family dog as a possible source of blood-rich protein.

Remarkably, the film was a box office success and paved the way for turn-of-the-century films like Lake Placid, which also involved a gigantic alligator.

Well, now Millennials and Generation-Zeekers (we just invented that) can rejoice and back in their own reptiles-hunting-and-killing-people cinematic masterpiece. The trailer for Crawl, produced by Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead) and directed by Alexandre Aja (Piranha 3D) just dropped and is already trending on YouTube. If the trailer is any indication, Crawl has all the makings of an old-school summer horror film, with appropriate touches for the 21st-century. Taking place during a Category 5 hurricane in Florida (undoubtedly due to climate change), the film appears to focus on a young woman who, along with her father and a few others, has stupidly failed to evacuate either due to idiotic negligence, dim obstinacy, or more likely, some concern larger than, you know, survival. Because it's Florida, alligators proliferate, using the freshly flooded flatlands as an all-you-can-eat hunting ground as the water ominously rises. Jump scares, ghastly dialogue, sublime underwater photography, and coming-right-at-you-then-shattering-the-glass shots follow. The best thing of all? Unlike The Avengers or Game of Thrones, you're unlikely to hear anyone drop spoilers. 

One question, though. If the movie takes place during a flood, shouldn't it be called Swim or Splashy or The Gator-Proof Miracle Girl or something? Whatever, we're just in it for the gators. 

Here's the trailer.

Crawl opens on July 12, 2019.
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