Crawl or Die
Directed by Oklahoma Ward
Written by Oklahoma Ward
Starring Nicole Alonso, Torey Byrne, and Tommy Ball
Running Time 86 minutes
"An elite security team assigned the task of protecting the last known woman who can become pregnant, find themselves caught in an endless claustrophobic underground tunnel system. The team soon learns - the real horror is not the unstoppable force chasing them, but the ever growing smaller tunnel itself."
The story is heavily influence by the science fiction genre, and is like many, we are in a future with some sort of infection that has wiped out all the women who can breed but one. That one "the Package" must be protected at all cost and delivered to an alternative earth, and who do they pick but the most secret elite team of the day. As the story plays out visually you see some strong nods to another great science fiction horror film, a genre maker in many ways, Alien. The Creature and Nicole Alonso's character are heavily influenced, but hey if your going to pay homage to a film make it a great one and do it well, and this one does both!
The story itself left me a little flat to start with and I found myself struggling to feel involved the first 20 minutes or so, but once we got to the meat of the film so to say I felt myself becoming more invested. By the end of the film I was all in, and anxiously awaiting the outcome. So yes its a slow burner but it does build into something that is really damn cool.
You can't discuss Crawl or die without talking about the very unique setting and powerful atmosphere which sets it apart from pretty much anything else out there. As we move through the film we quickly go from top side, to an underground network of tunnels that get smaller and smaller as we go, until you are almost not breathing as you shimmy in your head to help the characters along through the perilous underground labyrinth, always struggling to stay a step or two ahead of impending death. If you were a fan of Descent get ready to notch up that claustrophobic factor by about a thousand!
Setting is important, and helps create the atmosphere but without a fantastic director this movie could have felt lifeless albeit cramped. Credit needs to go to Oklahoma ward for the stunning job in filming this one. I am still days later trying to figure out how he was able to accomplish some of the shots he did. He was able to turn the turn the tunnel itself into an additional foe for our characters to fight just as scary and intense as the creature they were fleeing from! Visually the film is so interesting, which really says much considering that it takes place in a tiny confined tunnel system with little room for much in the way of interaction with other characters so the film primarily rests itself on two sets of shoulders Oklahoma Ward and Nicole Alonso... Both of whom deliver spectacular results, I am very impressed with what this duo did in Crawl or Die, and highly recommend it to everyone. If this film is any indication these two names are ones to remember, they each brought a sense of unrelenting purpose and impending doom through their individual talents!
This is one to watch folks! Unfortunately it isnt available through Netflix yet, so they need fans to let Netflix know this is a movie that you want! In the meantime however there is a link included if you want to get your view on!