Release Date: On various VOD platforms now, Blu-ray and DVD releases TBD.
Written by: Eddie Baroo and Justing Dix.
Directed by: Justin Dix.
Starring: Amber Clayton, Ditch Davey, Peta Sergeant and Nicholas Bell.
When I think about Australian movies, I tend to think of them fondly. I mean, the land down under has given us Mad Max, Crocodile Dundee, George Miller, Hugh Jackman, Heath Ledger, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, The Hemsworth Brothers... and I could go on.
To us, Australia has always been a treasure trove of talent.
Horror-wise, Oz is no slouch either. With offerings like (but not limited to) Lake Mungo, The Loved Ones, The Tunnel, Undead, Wolf Creek, Acolytes, The Horseman, and Red Hill -not to mention the creators of Saw, and their various projects- The Aussie's have paid their Horror dues.
So when we catch wind of a new genre flick coming from the land where women glow and men plunder, we tend to take notice.
|"Traveling in a fried-out combie..."|
|"... on a hippy trail, head full of zombie..."|
Down Undah Fowce Teen (The Australian translation of "Down Under Force 10"), or whatever they're called, is thrust right in the middle of a hellish labyrinth of shadowy corridors, and even more shadowy crawlspaces, and they have absolutely no clue what it is that they're even looking for... until, of course, they find it.
|"...I met a strange lady, she made me nervous..."|
Eventually the rag-tag band of tough-as-nails Commandos come across Eve; a crazy hot blond who seems to be as bewildered as she is afraid. Maybe she's a victim, maybe she's something more... alright, she's something more, mainly because a mad scientist made her into something more, because that's what mad scientists do.
|"... she took me in and made |
What follows is our gang of highly trained soldiers fighting for their lives against crazy monsters, pissed off telepaths, evil scientists and each other. There's possibly some Aliens involved in all of this too, but we can neither confirm nor deny that... mainly, because we're not really sure.
*This whole time I've had the song "Down Under" stuck in my head, so be warned that this review is chok-a-blok with Men at Work Lyrics.
Crawlspace manages to deliver an interesting plot and a decent amount of tension. In all fairness, much of the movie feels a bit like Aliens (and every film ever made that was like Aliens), and it borrows elements from other genre classics such as Scanners (Yes, that scene from Scanners), but it manages to be fun enough that we didn't particularly care about all of the pilfering going on.
The cinematography was tight, the acting was solid, and the story was engaging, even though at times the narrative felt confused and sectional. All in all, it was a fun Horror/Sci-fi hybrid that fed our appetites for something dark and moody. Most importantly, it never felt like a cheap movie, although it was certainly made on the cheap.
|"I've done no harm, I keep to myself..."|
|"No surface noise now, not much to say, they've got the bad guys on the run...."|
|"At least there's pretty lights..."|
|Johnny was not good.|
|"Oh yeah, yeah!"|
Amber Clayton and Peta Sergeant. *Peta Sergeant's name makes her sound like she's in some sort of animal liberation army or something, doesn't it?