2012 / Director. Justin Dix.
And again it is fantastic to see another Australian horror film. Slowly but surely we're recapturing a time of old... a time of violent, low budget genre. It's the resurgence of Ozpoitation and maybe (hopefully) the next Mad Max 2 is just around the corner. Crawlspace is a deliberately derivative sci-fi horror that recalls a whole bunch of influences. Its as though Cabin in the Woods and Cube got together for a party at Alien's house. Contact is lost with a top secret underground research facility in the middle of the Australian desert. A squad of elite commandos are sent in to extract the research team and their orders are to kill anything that gets in the way. The entire film takes place amongst the catacombs and ventilation system of the facility with the team desperately trying to resurface when they realise that something unknown and hostile is amongst them. Knowing that the film was designed to salute the classic sci-fi horrors of the past, it's intentions and impact are better realised. To be honest I did find the movie somewhat droll and very slow paced, but I was thrilled to be watching something that looked so good. The colours and tones are beautiful and the entire set design is brilliant. They did manage to pull off a few decent fright moments, which also held my attention and the musical score is rock solid... Really good. The cast were great too with Samuel Johnson being a stand out for me and my overall response to Crawlspace is positive. The director was Justin Dix who is an established SFX and make up artist in Australia. Look up his work because he's done some cool things. I sat right near him at a screening last weekend were I not respectful of people's privacy I would have picked his brain some. Maybe I might still.... watch this space!