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Crawl review

A stylish, slow-burning debut feature

There are traces of the Coen brothers crawling all over Crawl , from the opening gas station sequence - a riff on No Country For Old Men ’s coin toss - to its gallery of criminals and drifters populating the Aussie town where wholesome barmaid Marilyn (Georgina Haig) is caught in the wake of a murderous double-cross and taken hostage by a Croatian cowboy (George Shevtsov).

Stylish, slow-burning and veering into torture territory, British director Paul China’s debut feature is crammed with tension yet light on action.

The result is gory and stark, but no Blood Simple .

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Rosie is the former editor of Total Film, before she moved to be the Special Edition Editor for the magazine group at Future. After that she became the Movies Editor at Digital Spy, and now she's the UK Editor of Den of Geek. She's an experienced movie and TV journalist, with a particular passion for horror.