Alexandre Aja's horror-thriller Crawl pits Kaya Scodelario against alligators and hurricanes, but does it feature an after-credits scene? In the years since he started making films, Aja has become known for specializing in stylishly gruesome and visceral B-movies like High Tension and The Hills Have Eyes remake. After helming the gleefully bloody Piranha 3D in 2010, the director spent the years that followed crafting comparatively high-brow thrillers like Horns and The 9th Life of Louis Drax. However, he's once again returned to his pulpy roots with his latest offering.
Produced by Sam Raimi and written by Michael and Shawn Rasmussen (The Ward), Crawl follows a young woman named Haley (Scodelario) as she sets out to rescue her father (Barry Pepper) in the face of an incoming Category 5 hurricane. However, when she find him injured in the crawlspace basement of their family's old house, Haley quickly realizes that they have hungry alligators to worry about, on top of the flood waters. With little time to spare, she and her dad struggle to make it to safety before they either drown or are turned into a gator snack.
For those who are wondering, Crawl does NOT have a post-credits scene. The end credits are set to the cheerfully tongue in cheek tune "See You Later, Alligator", which originated as a 1950s rock and roll song written and recorded by Bobby Charles. Beyond that, however, there's nothing beyond the cast and crew list to look forward to after the movie's final shot.
In a certain way, it's actually refreshing that Crawl doesn't try to explicitly set up a sequel with an after-credits scene, as so many mainstream films and/or franchise movies do these days. Indeed, as much fun as cinematic universe films can be, they're also frequently hurt by their need to lay the groundwork for future installments. In some cases, it doesn't help that the reveals in their post-credits stingers end up being more exciting than the overall movie. By comparison, Crawl aims to deliver a lean, mean summer thrill ride and makes for a perfectly satisfying standalone experience... though, as with most horror-thrillers, a sequel probably shouldn't be ruled out altogether.
As far as Crawl's end credits are concerned, however, there's nothing extra to look forward to. That said, the film itself is so short (less than 90 minutes) that there's little reason to rush out during its final few minutes (unless you need to, obviously) and not hang around - if only as a show of appreciation to the many people who helped to make this creature feature a reality.
- Crawl (2019) release date: Jul 12, 2019