Hulu and Blumhouse's Into The Dark introduces one iconic horror flick for two seasons now. Brandon Zuck’s Crawlers attempts an extraterrestrial doppelganger riff that takes place during a St. Patrick’s Day bar crawl, hopeful to rattle collegiate gender horrors.
Crawlers begin with a group of young people on St. Patrick’s Day navigating the social and physical pitfalls of an epic pub crawl. Shauna, a girl who thinks she’s smarter than everyone in town, narrates “Crawlers” from a storytelling device that the film didn’t really need: what looks like a YouTube channel or vlog about that “one crazy night.” Misty (Pepi Sonuga), a girl who recently went through something traumatic at a frat house and feels like she has been ignored by her best friend Chloe (Jude Demorest), who may be about to go off with one of those horrible dude bros, a guy named Aaron. When Chloe literally disappears, and Aaron was the last person she was seen with, Misty heads out to find her, closely followed by a new girl named Yuejin (Olivia Liang).
It also doesn’t take a lot of time to build suspense before that big jump scares as most other episodes have in the past. So if you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy those long, anxious scenes where the main character peeks around the corner only to have a monster pop up behind her, don’t worry, “Crawlers” has very few of those. It also has some very serious underlying tones, but the focus of “Crawlers” is just on killing aliens and having fun. It even delivers one of those cliches “which one do I shoot?” moments, which you would have to expect is coming in the movie like this. The film’s attempted addressing of campus sexual harassment lacks impact, given how Misty’s experiences seem added just for resonating current events. It’s a commentary with the expansion of a Twitter thread, shoehorned to define Aaron’s affiliation to accused rapists while simultaneously proving he’s a good guy? An odd character development choice, we must say, since it never really takes off.
Overall, “Crawlers” is one of the strongest episodes of Into the Dark yet. If you’re a fan of fun and campy horror films, this is certainly one you’ll enjoy. Of course, if you’re looking for something a bit more frightening, this may not be the one for you.