Synopsis (from IFC Midnight)
Deep in the heart of the unforgiving Australian desert lies Pine Gap, a top-secret government facility operated by the United States military. When the base comes under attack from unknown forces, an elite team is sent in to extract the military scientists. They encounter a beautiful young woman with no memory of how she came to the base, an find it overrun by disturbed patients from the base's medical sector.
With all that being said and now that you understand just what Crawlspace is supposed to be, let me give you my take on it. The film wanders from action movie with Aliens (sequel to Alien) sensibilities, dialogue that would fit better in the action genre and a slight Cronenberg-esque twist that tries to bring the expectation of the viewer and the antagonist into a skewed, confused state. It’s supposed to surprise you. It’s supposed to be scary and that scare is a very common concept in recent horror releases. We all know the real enemy is always humanity and what we do to ourselves is worse than any creature, supernatural, extra-terrestrial or otherwise. It’s a concept that has been posed better in other efforts though mostly zombie-fodder as of late, but I stress that there is definitely an audience that will find Crawlspace’s take on cramped, tight-spaced, action appealing. I won’t giveaway the gimmick here, but you’ll figure it out pretty quickly.
It’s a solid early effort that will find its audience. The narrative does work and you do find the end of the twisting rabbit hole. It suffers from a slow start, and it’s an amalgamation of movies that exist and capture that sense of isolated dread just a wee bit better than Crawlspace. I’m going to leave my allusion to Cronenberg in the dark as I don’t want to give away too much. If you can get through some early plot fill and find your way to the aforementioned supernatural BANG-POW then you’ll stick around to the end to see how far Dix can take it.
Crawlspace will be available in select theaters, on IFC Midnight Cable VOD & Digital Outlets (SundanceNOW, iTunes, Amazon Streaming, XBOX Zune, Playstation Unlimited) start Friday January 4, 2013.