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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

CRAWL REVIEW



A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a Category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators.

Starring: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, and Morfydd Clark

Written by: Michael Rasmussen and Shawn Rasmussen

Directed by: Alexandre Aja

  As a resident of the Sunshine State, “Crawl” presents a movie that’s all too real. We're faced with the possibility of the devastation from a Category 5 every hurricane season. Also, we’re all too aware of the dangers that alligators present anytime we’re near lakes, canals, and even swimming pools. Now combining the two raises the dangers to a whole new level!
  Haley is a swimmer for the University of Florida, as in the Florida Gators (haha). After practice her sister calls asking her about their father, Dave (Barry Pepper). Since neither of them can reach him, Haley braves the oncoming hurricane to drive out to his house. This search for her father lets the audience in on some the of family issues, but on the bright side brings the family dog Sugar into the equation. She eventually finds him in bad shape under the house along with some unwanted house guests. 
  The movie does a nice job of capitalizing on the combination of gators and the hurricane. The suspense is continuous because the water continues to rise, and the tension is high because the audience never knows when a gator will attack. The basement is a great place to start the struggle to survive, as it provides challenges for both the gators, and Haley and Dave. It’s probably the time where the audience gets the best clean look at the gators, and they’re big and vicious. 
  As the movie moves along the CGI kicks in, and it will be up to the audience whether they go for these gators or not. It seems like they do an alright job, especially since it’s clear the movie tries to cover its bases when it comes to gators. There is a gator nest, gators hunting underwater and at the surface, hunting alone and in groups, and of course the gator death roll. They never go too far, and keep it reasonably realistic. Probably the most unrealistic thing is how the father and daughter continue to survive their injuries. 
  Overall, “Crawl” is just one of those summer movies you sit back, and enjoy what’s presented. Sure, there are a couple of things to nitpick at, but why bother? The hurricane and gators bring the audience a tense and suspenseful ride. There are some good brutal deaths, and a decent family story thrown in to help the audience root for the father and daughter. If anything, dog lovers can sit on the edge of their seats, and wonder how in the hell this dog is going to make it out alive! With that I give this movie 3 pools of blood, and hope I continue to avoid both hurricanes and gators!

  HorrO

Monday, July 1, 2019

RICOCHET REVIEW



Ricochet is a pulsating thriller about a young woman named Ana, waking up from a rough night of partying in the basement of her father’s house (i.e., his “man cave”), and discovering a young girl locked in her father’s panic room - his personal vault.

Starring: Gianna-Marie, Corrie Fleming, Katelyn Downing, Ayuba Audu, and S. Joe Downing

Directed and written by: Tim Earnheart

  ‘Ricochet’ is another example of a short film that could be part of a larger movie. Ana (Gianna-Marie) wakes up alone after what seemed like a wild night. She hears something, goes to investigate, and then the surprises begin. She finds a your girl (Corrie Fleming) tied up in her father’s panic room. Before she can get a grip on what’s happening three masked intruders break in the house ready to kill them both.
  Just another home invasion movie…not really. It’s more about twists and turns leaving off each segment of the film with a shock to the audience. The action rolls on from beginning to end with very little dialogue. It’s almost awkward how little is said, but it works for the film. It leaves room for some quick, yet bloody and brutal deaths.
  The visuals of the film are also great, but nothing stands out more then the masks the intruders are wearing. I would watch five or ten more minutes of the film just showing where they got those things. While there are plenty of surprises in ‘Ricochet,’ there’s no surprise why it has had a successful festival run. None-stop action, shock after shock, great deaths, and again those masks! Don’t miss it if it comes to a festival near you, and hopefully when it becomes available for everyone!

  HorrO
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