Creepy Crawlers

Overview

A mutant African cockroach infests a remote Maine island just as young Dr. Ben Cahill (Thomas Calabro) goes there to shake off the effects of his heavy drinking. His first encounter is with Jack Wolk (John Savage), a local who resents Cahill buying his family's dilapidated house. The resentment turns violent and Sheriff Hobbs (Dean Stockwell) is called in to cool things off. When his house turns out to have problems he can't fix, Cahill meets handywoman Nell (Kristen Dalton), who helps him out. But meanwhile, ...
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Overview

A mutant African cockroach infests a remote Maine island just as young Dr. Ben Cahill (Thomas Calabro) goes there to shake off the effects of his heavy drinking. His first encounter is with Jack Wolk (John Savage), a local who resents Cahill buying his family's dilapidated house. The resentment turns violent and Sheriff Hobbs (Dean Stockwell) is called in to cool things off. When his house turns out to have problems he can't fix, Cahill meets handywoman Nell (Kristen Dalton), who helps him out. But meanwhile, beneath the surface, those cockroaches begin reaching critical mass, attacking first animals and then humans as their numbers increase. The bugs use carcasses in which to breed, and soon they not only cover the ground, they also begin to fly.
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Special Features

Commentary with director & executive producer; Widescreen version; Audio: English 5.1 Surround, English Dolby Surround; Trailer; Scene selection; Digitally mastered; Interactive menus; Subtitles: Spanish; Director & cast filmographies
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
You keep hoping for some comic relief, but there is none coming. True to the title, Creepy Crawlers just keeps getting creepier, starting out with one bug -- it always begins with just one, doesn't it? -- until the landscape and sky are littered with large, wiggly, shiny, hungry, computer-generated roaches. More of a visual curiosity (a la Them!) than a psychological horror (a la The Birds), Creepy Crawlers' main attraction is waiting for the money shot -- you know, when the main bad guy has his face covered in bugs. You get that shot, and more -- what happens to the sheriff is particularly grim -- in a formula horror film that follows a slightly different formula than others of its ill ilk. Production values are pretty good, with particular kudos to the cockroaches, which are rendered in stomach-turning realism. The main stars are also effective in giving their characters more than one dimension. Those frightened by insect movies should look elsewhere; those who want to be frightened by an insect movie, but with tastefully (if you can believe it) few gore effects, need look no further.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2002
  • UPC: 804868409339
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: Spartan
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 67,824

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Thomas Calabro
Dean Stockwell
Kristen Dalton
John Savage , Jack Wald
Technical Credits
Ellory Elkayem Director
Daniel Zelman Director
Annette Benson Casting
John Claflin Screenwriter
James Cordeiro Production Designer
Eric d'Arbeloff Executive Producer
Vinny Golia Score Composer
Harry Hitner Editor
Donald Kushner Executive Producer
Philip Linzey Cinematographer
Peter Locke Executive Producer
Lindsay Walker Casting
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Leave of Absence [8:11]
2. The Arrival [6:03]
3. Making a Living [5:37]
4. Infested [6:59]
5. Bug Problem [6:10]
6. The Swarm [8:13]
7. Interrogation [5:53]
8. Dinner Guest [5:08]
9. Research [5:26]
10. Permission to Autopsy [6:28]
11. Internal Organs [5:11]
12. Evacuation [4:57]
13. Rescue [4:02]
14. Airborne Attack! [5:08]
15. Narrow Escape [5:37]
16. End Titles [2:59]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Set-Up
      English 5.1 Surround
      English Dolby Suround
      Commentary
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Trailer
      Director & Cast
         Ellory Elkayem (Director
         Thomas Calabro
         Dean Stockwell
         John Savage
         Kristen Dalton
         Tom McBeath
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