Masters of Terror 2018: Brian Yuzna's Filmography

This book contains the synopses and reviews of the darkest films in Brian Yuzna’s filmography. The listings are ranked from best to worst.

Crawl

A woman and her father find themselves trapped in a flooding house and must fight for their lives against alligators.
Horror for Beginners
Creature Feature

 

United States
Canada
Serbia
2019
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Character Focus: 
Animal Film
Animals: 
Alligator
Insects: 
Spider
Catastrophes: 
Storm
Flood
7.04
Makes your skin crawl!
5.04
5.04
7.04
8
3
3
3
Effects
Plot
Photography
Michael and Shawn Rasmussen came up with a script that appeals to both creature feature and disaster film fans. By doing so, they avoid absolute clichés of both subgenres, which makes them unpredictable. The alligators are introduced very early on, which means that we get to know the main protagonist as she deals with danger, as she struggles, as she suffers.
The jump scares are epic. It’s as if the alligators know they’re in a horror movie. “Crawl” refers to the crawlspace Kaya Scodelario’s character, Haley, is stuck in, with the water level rising, for most of the running time. It intensifies her situation and makes our hearts pump faster. Haley is a good swimmer, as we learn in the first scene, which will come in handy.
The storm is just as breath-taking as the alligator effects. You can’t fake a condition like this one with practical effects alone, yet we don’t feel the CGI. By the time the end credits roll, you’ll believe alligators can take over your house. Crawl is an exciting ride, and it’s better than most alligator horror films out there. The pacing is tight; the tension palpable. The actors are A1.
My Movie Reviews

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My Nightmare Diary

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