Tense first trailer for Sam Raimi’s ‘Crawl’ looks like ‘Jaws’ with alligators

Aja’s Crawl looks intense (credit: Paramount)
Aja’s Crawl looks intense (credit: Paramount)

Prepare yourself for a tense couple of hours at the cinema this summer, when Crawl’s introduced into the cinematic ecosystem with a snap.

The film, which looks like a survival horror centred around a flooded home invaded by alligators, is produced by Sam Raimi, directed by Alexandre Aja, and stars Effy from Skins, Kaya Scodelario. You can watch the trailer below.

It’s basically a disaster movie with a scary twist, and even the trailer will make you look away from your laptop. Perhaps we should have expected that though, as Aja is the mind behind The Hills Have Eyes remake and Piranha 3D, and Sam Raimi isn’t just the director of the Evil Dead movies, he’s produced recent intense thrillers such as Don’t Breathe.

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Raimi’s provided insight in the past into the difference between directing and producing, and it makes for a fascinating read.

“No, I never really desired to make the picture myself. I’m primarily attracted, as a director, to actors. And the main character in the piece. I’m attracted because I understand the main character, I know what they want, I understand the conflict in getting what they want interesting, I think it’s great when they succeed and get exhilarated when the character reaches their goal.”

Going by the trailer for Crawl, any potential success will come at a cost.

Here’s the synopsis: When a massive hurricane hits her Florida hometown, Haley (Kaya Scodelario) ignores evacuation orders to search for her missing father (Barry Pepper). Finding him gravely injured in the crawl space of their family home, the two become trapped by quickly encroaching floodwaters. As time runs out to escape the strengthening storm, Haley and her father discover that the rising water level is the least of their fears.

Crawl doesn’t have a UK release date yet, but you can expect it this summer.