This has been a busy summer season for horror films, with the releases of Brightburn, Child’s Play, Midsommar, and now, Crawl, the new film by Alexandre Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D). Some of these films address broader issues, like AI and technology (Child’s Play), or female trauma (Midsommar), but Crawl is simply a creature feature that knows what it wants to be with a lot of nods to Jaws thrown into the mix. It’s one of the best times I’ve had at the movies this summer. For my full review, check out Horror Homeroom.
Additionally, I highly recommend this article from Bloody Disgusting about Aja’s career, the French extremity movement he was initially part of, and the impact of his early films, especially High Tension. It’s a great read.