Some Spoilers here. For the record.
They Crawl Beneath
So I saw a trailer for this flick and once I saw it, I knew I had to see it. This guy is repairing an old car with his uncle and an earthquake hits. Car goes on both of them, killing the uncle and trapping the guy not only under the car but in the garage itself. If this isn’t bad enough, there are these worm monsters that came out of the ground. Now the guy has to figure out how to free himself while avoiding the beasties.
It looked beautiful.
So when I saw it was over on Amazon, I knew I had to see it for the Month of Horror.
But it wasn’t free. I could by it outright for about $13 bucks, or I could rent it for about $5.
Now again, I was jazzed about the movie. Looked like it might be up there with Tremors. Monster fun. Something I might watch again and again. So $13 bucks wouldn’t be that big a deal.
But I blinked and decided to rent it instead.
This was the right choice.
The monster stuff was… okay. The acting was… fair. It could have been so much more.
But it got saddled with so much crap. So. Much.
We’re not going to talk about the pointless nightmare sequence at the start of the flick. We’re not going to talk about the plot contrivances, like when Our Hero is unconscious just long enough to miss getting early help. Or like how the monster’s venom is supposed to kill in two hours and it seems to take a lot longer than that for Our Hero. Or… We’re not talking about it. No.
What we are going to talk about is how this film is, at best, 45% monster movie. The rest of it is seemingly endless family drama. The love interest doesn’t want Our Hero to be a cop any more after he almost gets himself shot. The Uncle might be Our Hero’s dad. On and on and on.
Our Hero manages to connect with the outside world with his mom, of all people, and after telling her to hurry and call the Love Interest (never mind why) he confronts her with his discovery of her and the Uncle. That’s when I muted the movie until the monsters returned.
Later he gets in contact with the Love Interest, who passes on information he got earlier in the film. Then, right towards the end of the conversations she says “I’m pregnant.”
This is where I started screaming at the film.
It doesn’t even know when to quit. It just goes on and on and on.
Wow. Just wow.
So glad I didn’t pay full price. Too bad I didn’t wait till it got on Prime.
It’s a near meh level bad (.5) and I didn’t like it at all (.5).
It could have been so much better than this. What a disappointment.
1 out of 4