ARROW FILMS have announced that they will be releasing Crawl at cinemas, on DVD (£12.99) and Blu-ray (£14.99) from 21st January 2013
Claustrophobic heat and brooding tension seep from the screen in this character-driven chiller set in an unknown rural Australian town. Written and directed by Paul China with his brother Ben China at the producing helm, Crawl is a slow-burning home invasion thriller that is absolutely drenched in suspense.
Seedy bar owner Slim Walding (Paul Holmes) hires a mysterious Croatian hit man (George Shevtsov) to murder a local garage owner over a shady business deal gone bad. The crime is carried out by the stone-faced stranger but a planned double-crossing backfires when pretty barmaid Marilyn Burns (Georgina Haig) suddenly becomes involved. She is at home looking forward to the return of sweetheart Travis (Andy Barclay) because she is sure he is going to propose. But on the dark, single lane road that runs past Marilyn’s house, the lives of Travis and the killer intersect, and Marilyn’s romantic evening becomes a struggle for survival when the Croatian psychopath takes her hostage in her own home.
Crawl is a nail-bitingly effective study in terror and every perfectly choreographed scene is permeated with impending dread. China assuredly uses long periods of eerie silence and the superb Herrmann-esque score by Christopher Gordon to ratchet up the tension almost to breaking point clearly relishing his power over the audience. Relief comes from the dark humour surrounding the character of the Croatian hit man with his kindly face but murderous behaviour, superbly portrayed by George Shevtsov. Crawl is a fantastic achievement in genre cinema from an exciting new talent.