When it comes to his past Summer’s run of films, two of the most satisfying movies of the season were Quentin Tarantino’s period love letter “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” and the Alexandre Aja-directed and Sam Raimi-produced alligators-in-a-hurricane film “Crawl”.
Now Tarantino, speaking with Deadline this week (via The Playlist), has revealed that “Crawl” is favorite film of the year so far with the outlet saying: “Tarantino says it impressed him in every way, in terms of pure filmmaking.”
Kaya Scodelario stars in the film as a woman trapped in a house during a Florida hurricane with a bunch of hungry alligators and her injured father (Barry Pepper) trapped in their basement.
The R-rated film was quietly dumped by distributor Paramount Pictures who had no real confidence in it and didn’t hold any press screenings in certain territories.
Yet that attitude changed to one of pride as reviews started coming in and the film scored high marks for genre fare, including an 82% on Rotten Tomatoes. Made for an economical $13.5 million, the movie opened to $12 million in the U.S. alone and ultimately snagged $90.5 million theatrically.
While there are no awards chances for the film, the aquatic horror tale should hopefully appear somewhere on some best of year lists in coming weeks.
“Crawl” is now available to rent or buy on VOD.