Alexandre Aja quickly established himself as a household name in horror with 2003’s High Tension, and he continued to make his mark on the genre with such releases as The Hills Have Eyes remake, Piranha 3D, and Horns. His latest film, Crawl, debuted in theaters on July 12th, and this Florida hurricane, alligator attack story thrilled both fans and critics alike. To mark the debut of Crawl on home video, which is now available on Digital and Blu-Ray, Mr. Aja spoke with Horror News Network to answer some of our questions about his filmmaking process and some of the unique steps required to bring a film like Crawl to the silver screen.
Director Alexandre Aja’s Crawl is finally coming to Blu-Ray disc and DVD on Tuesday, October 15th. The film- which was produced by the legendary Sam Raimi- made a splash in theaters this past July, earning over $89 million against a $13.5 million budget and netting great critic and fan reviews along the way. Paramount Pictures have released a disc that contains a great transfer and solid special features, making Crawl a must-buy title for fans of the genre.
Crawl is a very strong entry in the storied category of aquatic monster movies. Ever since Bruce the shark first popped out of the ocean in Jaws, filmmakers have always been trying to recapture that distinct sense of dread that comes with the mystery of what lies beneath the surface of the water. Aja has found the perfect monster to rekindle interest in this fascinating sub-genre. The alligator shares many of the same predatory qualities as great white sharks, but with one major caveat: they can wreak a lot of havoc on land as well! Crawl‘s pacing is perfectly aligned with the rising of the water throughout a Florida hurricane, and the viewer can’t help but feel a lurking sense of dread along with each progressing establishing shot where the sea level is just a little bit higher. There are few films out there which capture the terror of an aquatic predator like Crawl does. read more
Writer/director Nicolas Pesce, legendary producer/director Sam Raimi, and principal cast members Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye, and Andrea Riseborough delivered the first trailer for 2020’s remake of The Grudge, along with some hints at what the film will deliver to audiences, at 2019’s New York Comic Con Panel.
The main hall panel (moderated by IGN’s Terri Schwartz) revealed many aspects of the new film, with one of the biggest being the fact this version of The Grudge will indeed be rated R. Pesce (who Raimi called a “visionary director”) stressed this fact, and that “…something that is really exciting is that audiences are so much more welcoming of the family drama, infused with horror” and described the film as a “tapestry” that allows for “…deeper character studies and human character narrative, and a way more fucked up Grudge.” read more
As if hurricanes weren’t frightening enough, Paramount Pictures upped the ante by adding a killer alligator in the official trailer for their upcoming feature Crawl. The preview exploded on the scene and has racked up almost 6 million views in just over 24 hours.
Based on a screenplay by brothers Michael and Shawn Rasmussen, Crawl is directed by Alexandre Aja with Sam Raimi as a producing partner. The film stars Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Ross Anderson, Anson Boon, Morfydd Clark, and Annamaria Serda. read more
The folks at Paramount Pictures are looking to follow up their tremendous success story with A Quiet Place by fast tracking another dark thriller movie… and they’ve hired two horror heavyweights to make the project a reality!
Deadline reports that Sam Raimi will produce and Alexandre Aja will direct a new film called Crawl for Paramount. According to their report, the movie will be about, “a young woman who becomes trapped in a flooding house during a Category 5 hurricane and must battle against Florida’s most savage and feared predators.” read more
Some grudges never die! Sony Pictures will be re-animating 2004’s The Grudge franchise in the form of a new “re-imagining” of the series.
Variety reports that Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert will produce the new film for Ghost House in a co-production with Good Universe. Nicolas Pesce (writer/director of 2016’s disturbing film, The Eyes of My Mother) will write and direct the movie, and Demian Bichir (The Hateful Eight, The Nun) and Andrea Riseborough (Birdman, Oblivi0n) will star in lead roles in the new film. read more
Sam Raimi is known by horror fans for his infectious Evil Dead franchise and for supernatural hits like Drag Me to Hell. However, the influential director has been known to delve into science fiction and fantasy every once in a while, with films such as Spider-Man and Oz the Great and Powerful. Turns out, he’s headed for another mainstream hit in the form of a big screen adaptation of Patrick Rothfuss’ popular The Kingkiller Chronicle series of fantasy books.
Variety reports that Raimi will helm the production of the first film in a fledgling series for Lionsgate. Rothfuss’ first book in the literary series is titled, The Name of the Wind. The Kingkiller Chronicle features the story of Kvothe, a famous wizard, adventurer, and musician. Lin-Manuel Miranda signed with Lionsgate back in 2016 as a creative producer for the important musical element of the series. Miranda’s deal covers both film and television series based on The Kingkiller Chronicle franchise. Lindsey Beer, writer of the upcoming Chaos Walking, Barbie, and Godzilla vs. Kong motion pictures, has been hired to pen the screenplay for the film. read more
Prepare to get groovy in 2018. According to the show’s official Twitter account, the wonderfully gory Starz original series Ash vs. Evil Dead will kick off their third season on Sunday, February 25th, 2018. The cable network also released new promotional artwork for the upcoming season, which can be seen below.
The first two seasons of the horror-comedy series have been a critical success, though the ratings do still leave much to be desired. The hardcore fan-base of the Evil Dead franchise are solely responsible for keeping the show afloat, which is a shame because the action and writing are incredible and gore factor unparalleled. Bruce Campbell revised his role from the original films as Ash Williams, the shotgun-wielding, chainsaw-handed time-traveling reluctant hero who is locked in the ultimate battle with the deadites, who are decipals of the Necronomicon (book of the dead.) Joining Ash in his quest are friends Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo), while the wonderful Lucy Lawless portrays his on-again, off-again friend and enemy Ruby. Starz had previously announced that the show was getting picked up for a third season last October, though no other details were offered at the time. read more
The Hollywood Reporter announced today that Sam Raimi is in talks with Skydance to direct a film about the Bermuda Triangle. Universal and Warner Bros. are also currently developing competing projects about this airplane-eating geographical urban legend/phenomenon, so the word on the street is that everyone is extremely tight-lipped about plot details and specifics. In fact, The Hollywood Reporter’s sources say that Raimi had to travel to Skydance’s studios just to read the script, which is penned by Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time). read more
At a press event designed to promote the blu-ray release of this past summer’s sleeper hit Don’t Breathe, the trio of filmmakers responsible for the film’s success announced that a sequel is already in the works.
Eric Eisenberg of Cinemablend covered the event and asked director Fede Alvarez about the status of the sequel, and Alvarez responded saying,”Don’t Breathe 2 is something we definitely want to do. The challenge obviously is — we just don’t want to do the same movie again, slap a “2” on it. We’ll feel so embarrassed if we do that. Our first reaction when they told us, ‘Do you want to do it?’ was like, ‘No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. That’s Hollywood! That’s the devil! We don’t want to make a sequel just because we can.’ But then we got an idea that we’re really excited about, and I won’t tell you what it is because it will spoil the whole thing.” read more