Director(s) – Chalit Krileadmongkon (The Beast Below) and Pakphum Wongjinda (Possessed, The Mirror)
Starring – Chanya McClory (Bad Guys, The Stranded), Mike Angelo (Wuxin: The Monster Killer, The Misfits), and Benjamin Joseph Varney (After Dark, Friend Zone)
Release Date – 2022
Rating – 3/5
Several weeks back Well GO USA sent me a few of their releases for review. Both of these films looked fantastic but I wasn’t able to check them out in a reasonable time frame. I was in the middle of my October horror binge and was sent a few television shows to review during that time as well.
Once I was caught up I decided it was time to finally check out one of the films. The first one I went with was the 2022 Thai horror film Creepy Crawly which was originally released under the title The One Hundred. The trailer for this one looked a lot of fun and I was really looking forward to checking it out. I want to thank Well Go for sending this one over!
**Spoiler Alert** The film follows a young woman who was visiting abroad and is now in a hotel quarantining after returning home. However, the hotel is about to be overrun by carnivorous centipedes and one giant creature with the ability to absorb it’s host to look like them. The creature is after a specific person that it needs to prolong it’s life but the survivors are banding together to survive. **Spoiler Alert**
I went into Creepy Crawly knowing absolutely nothing about it but I was pleasantly surprised. I thoroughly enjoyed the film and love that the story could be followed up with so many different situations and scenarios. With that being said, it’s not going to be making any year end lists but it was an enjoyable film. The acting in this one is very well done. While the characters are dull and often blend into the background, the cast does a great job with the roles they were given.
The story for this one is very enjoyable. It blends drama, action, and horror together without one aspect over powering the other. While the characters are cliched and unoriginal, the quarantine hotel becoming overrun with man-eating bugs and a shapeshifting creature is fantastic. The film is evenly paced and we have very little downtime which is great considering how fast paced the film actually is. It’s non-stop action with a lot of family drama and a horrifying setting. It works very well together to create something genre fans can appreciate.
Finally, the film has several bloody deaths with a mix of solid visual and not-so solid visuals throughout. The visual effects when mixed with the make-up effects is very efficient but the overall creature and the visual effects for it looked horrible. It stands out and the effects just makes the film feel cheap. Overall, Creepy Crawly is a fantastic late night creature feature if you are in the mood for something atmospheric and fast-paced. While the creature and it’s visual effects didn’t hit the mark it was going for it still delivers. I highly recommend it.