It is quite refreshing to pop on a film you’ve never seen before only to be treated to an original and creative presentation. That is exactly what one will get when viewing Paul China’s Crawl for the first time.
Not like your typical Aussie horror flick, Paul China managed to take a screenplay with very limited dialog and turn it into a wonderful time. I want to say that about 70% of the film is completely without any type of speech or dialog. Now, that may sound rather boring to most of you, but let me assure you, it it quite the opposite. China and co. provide some of the best sound design, cinematography, and musical scoring I’ve ever seen and/or heard. Who needs dialog when you get camera work like this!? The shots just keep getting better and the score lends a huge helping hand at creating some rather menacing moments.
The acting in this 2011 home-invasion flick is fantastic and with a cast consisting of about 10 people, there was really very little room for error. George Shevtsov plays our Croatian antagonist wonderfully and while he doesn’t resemble your normal horror villain, it still doesn’t distract from the story being told in any way.
Gore fiends may be upset by the lack of on-screen brutality, but may still find some comfort in the fact that when blood is shown, it looks remarkably realistic. In order to keep costs low, China decided to leave most kills off-screen, but still satisfies the most primal of horror fanatics by showing the kills’ aftermath and carnage.
This is yet another Bloody Disgusting selects film that deserves to be in everyone’s collection. Do yourself a favor and check out Crawl.
I give this bad boy a rating of 4 wedding rings out of 5.