Daily Archives: September 5, 2020

Horror Films A–Z, Sept. 2020: C, D & E

Crawl

Year: 2019
Runtime: 1h 27m
Rated: R

Director: Alexandre Aja

Writer: Michael Rasmussen, Shawn Rasmussen

Stars: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Morfydd Clark

“Crawl along the foundation, until you reach the wet wall.”

“They’re all wet, dad!”

Initial: Aside from some notable exceptions, I’m not a big fan of natural catastrophe or killer animal movies., but I’d heard good things about Crawl.

Production Notes: Executive produced by Sam Raimi.

What Did I Think: (possible spoilers ahead)
Crawl does some things rather well, but it kind of failed for me due to a pet peeve. The characters take a lot of physical abuse. They’re bitten, yanked around, slammed into things, and nearly drowned, but injuries are sort sidelined over and over again. Haley swims awfully well for someone who was badly bitten on the leg early on. Yes, I get it, people can do extraordinary things due to stress, but adrenaline only gets you so far.



Depraved

Year: 2019
Runtime: 1h 54m
Rated: Not Rated

Director: Larry Fessenden

Writers: Larry Fessenden

Stars: David Call, Joshua Leonard, Alex Breaux

“That’s the funny thing about fathers: so few of ’em are in it for the long haul.”

Initial: Looking at the poster, I thought this was an older movie. I also didn’t realize it was a Frankenstein retelling.

Production Notes: Alex Breaux, who portrays Adam, was a wide receiver/punt returner for Harvard.

What Did I Think: (possible spoilers ahead)
While stylishly made, Alex Breaux is best thing about this movie. He has the charisma and physicality an actor needs to play a Frankenstein’s monster. Which is why when the plot moves more toward Henry and Polidori, it loses steam.

Any Frankenstein story has a problem of how to end. Even Shelley’s novel presents a weirdly ambiguous ending in the Arctic. So, while I didn’t really care for the last twenty minutes of this movie, I can’t really fault Larry Fessenden too much.


Extra Ordinary

Year: 2019
Runtime: 1h 34m
Rated: R

Director: Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman

Writers: Demian Fox, Maeve Higgins, Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman

Stars: Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward, Will Forte

Rose, you can do this now. Just go over there, save the girl, don’t slaughter anybody again, yeah, fall in love, get the guy and be home in time for a something to eat… maybe something light like a yogurt or something.

Initial: This was my first change out. I watched the trailer of my original title and, eh, the dialog seemed too cheesy. Extra Ordinary seems fun.

Production Notes: There is an Extra Ordinary browser game.

What Did I Think: (possible spoilers ahead)
Oh, man. If this were an American movie, it would be *so* raunchy… Considering I don’t find raunchy very funny, I’m glad Extra Ordinary is a product of Ireland. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not prudish either. The Satanist’s magic staff is 10-foot long dildo, but the funny part is really how many jokes *aren’t* made about it.

Extra Ordinary is a horror rom-con, which is not something you see everyday. It’s light on horror and plain in its romance, but that’s okay. It sounds odd to say, but there’s a nice worldbuilding to this film—the characters live easily in their world, even when faced with ghosts and demons. Very enjoyable.