Sam Raimi to Produce Alligator Survival Thriller Crawl

The horror legend is keeping busy with his latest projects.

By L.B. Lubomski

Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi, best known for his Evil Dead franchise as well as the Tobey Maguire-led Spider-Man trilogy, will be producing a new project from horror director Alexandre Aja (2006's The Hills Have Eyes, Mirrors, Piranha 3D) called Crawl. The story focuses on a young woman in Florida (Kaya Scodelario from the Maze Runner trilogy) who becomes trapped in a flooded house filled with alligators during a hurricane. She will have to struggle to not only save herself from her cold-blooded foes, but also rescue her ailing father.

A young woman who becomes trapped in a flooding house during a Category 5 hurricane must battle against Florida’s most savage and feared predators.

Crawl's screenplay was written by Michael and Shawn Rasmussen, who have penned horror scripts for movies such as The Ward, Dark Feed, and The Inhabitants, although Aja apparently completely rewrote the script himself before filming began last year. The film will see a theatrical release through Paramount Pictures and is scheduled to hit the big screen on August 23rd, 2019.

Meanwhile, Sam Raimi is keeping busy and has also announced he will be producing yet another horror film for Lionsgate called Behind, as recently reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Based on a short film by up-and-coming director Angel Gómez Hernández, who has signed on to direct the feature-length version, Behind will focus on a jilted divorcee who. after an unusual encounter, fears both her and her infant daughter are being stalked.

The short, which racked up numerous awards at various film festivals, centers on a woman going through a divorce who comes to fear that she will lose her baby daughter. When a mysterious lady at a party tells her that she is being followed, what seems at first like a delusion turns into a terrifying nightmare as the woman does everything she can to save her little one from evil. 

Behind is being produced by Raimi through his own Ghost House Pictures banner with distribution by Lionsgate. There is no word yet on when this movie will begin filming or a possible release date. However, those interested in checking out the original short can do so here.

Which film are you most looking forward to? Also, to our readers in Florida, are the gators really this bad? Let us know below.

About the Author

L.B. Lubomski

Lawrence "L.B." Lubomski is an avid horror movie fan, gamer, musician, historian, and aspiring author. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, L.B. was exposed to the works of local filmmaker and godfather of zombie cinema George A. Romero early on. He has since developed a particular fondness for Italian zombie/cannibal and slasher films. This passion for horror extends into other media, from survival horror video games such as Resident Evil to horror-inspired musical artists. In his spare time, L.B. pursues many interests including building his collection of vinyl records, action figures, and vintage video games as well as drumming in various local bands.

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