The Crawlers

  • 1994
  • Movie
  • R
  • Horror, Science Fiction

In overseas markets this inept, senseless picture was known as TROLL 3, merely because it came from the same pseudonym-loaded Italian outfit responsible for the execrable TROLL 2 (which had nothing at all to do with the original Charles Band feature TROLL). So what is THE CRAWLERS? It's a charmless throwback to '50s-style atomic-mutant monster cheapies,...read more

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In overseas markets this inept, senseless picture was known as TROLL 3, merely because it came from the same pseudonym-loaded Italian outfit responsible for the execrable TROLL 2 (which had nothing at all to do with the original Charles Band feature TROLL).

So what is THE CRAWLERS? It's a charmless throwback to '50s-style atomic-mutant monster cheapies, as becomes clear in the tiresome point-of-view setup shots of an unseen something slinking through underbrush and mutilating unlucky girls, dogs and yokels in a Pacific Northwest town. Area youths

stop their romantic bickering long enough to help a drunken scientist deduce the nature of the menace: killer trees, spawned via criminal toxic-waste dumping by the local nuclear plant. After interminable scenes of the heroes wrestling with tentacle-like roots, the whole community comes together

for a weeding spree--a real hoe-down, you might say--that clears away the trees and tons of deadly radioactive waste in just one afternoon. A last-minute attack by the crawlers is defeated by a cavalry charge of bulldozers, which in some scenes are clearly plastic toys. Equally unconvincing are

the performances. The cast of nobodies recite rather than act, and generally give the impression of having learned their lines phonetically. As for the crawlers, those roots of all evil have the semblance and menace of knobby brown garden hoses, and resist all efforts to make them scary through

creaking, crackling sound effects. (Violence, profanity.)

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  • Released: 1994
  • Rating: R
  • Review: In overseas markets this inept, senseless picture was known as TROLL 3, merely because it came from the same pseudonym-loaded Italian outfit responsible for the execrable TROLL 2 (which had nothing at all to do with the original Charles Band feature TROLL)… (more)

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